With only 5 days left in Paris, I headed out to Les Puces de Clignancourt flea market also known as Les Puces De Saint Ouen or “Les Puces,” a sprawling market recognized as the largest flea market in the world. Today was an overwhelming day as I wanted to scour every nook and cranny and find something to take back home to Los Angeles. Alas, I was met by two obstacles: the rain and this damn baggage limit imposed by international custom–argh. You can only imagine my frustration. It’s like everything was calling my name. Though disappointed, I am that much more committed to head out to Paris again with empty suitcases and load-up on unique vintage finds. On a brighter side of things, I managed to get a beautiful carved Senegalese turtle and had fun negotiating down the price with a very nice Senegalese Vendor, and despite the heavy rain, I enjoyed window shopping and discovering unique artworks, contemporary as well as more historic gems. If you are visiting Paris, I highly recommend checking out this flea. Besides antiques, you can find tons of hand me down items, clothes, funky objects, old vinyl for you music heads out there. It’s diverse, nothing pompous, you’ll get a first-hand experience of what Paris feels like. There are many bistros all around where you can stop, grab a bite, and get back to your shopping!
Photography credit © Kenza Johnson