This little gem arrived in the mail for me this week. I love getting things in the mail. When I first saw this book, the beautiful front cover intrigued me (designed by Australian stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk), but it was the description of the book that won me over in the end:
"A visit to a flea market can be the highlight of a trip to France: a lively encounter with everyday French culture, an exciting way to spend a few hours, and a chance to pick up a unique souvenir or add to a collection. The Flea Markets of France is the indispensable tool for getting the most out of your visit, whether you’re a first-time visitor or an experienced shopper. Conversational and comprehensive, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about exploring markets all over France. Descriptions of more than thirty markets and their specialties, as well as practical advice on visiting them, is augmented by notes on regional items, tips on bargaining and collecting, a glossary of relevant French phrases, and a useful rating system which gives an overview of each market.
Much more than a simple listing of French flea markets, Sandy Price’s warm suggestions of things to do nearby, places to eat, food specialties of the area, and local amenities are complemented by bits of history and cultural observations. Armed with this comprehensive guide, visitors to France will feel they are in good, reliable hands."
I don't know when I'll get to visit France, but in the meantime, I can flick through this book and dream of the day when I can be there in person.
To get a little bit more of a glimpse of this book, click here.