Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New book love

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.

Best wishes,


Louise said...

Thanks for sharing this Catherine - my husband and I are off to France in 2 weeks time - I will do a search of the internet tomorrow to see if I am able to get one in Australia - what a little gem it will be! Louise

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh that cover is simply exquisite! I'd love to visit a flea market in France. some day, maybe! xo

Courtney said...

Such a beautiful book. It seems like the perfect way to prepare for a dream vacation, or to simply escape the everyday for a few hours.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Catherine,

I saw this little beauty, on Fabulously French's blog post.
What a delightful little book and would be such a dream going around the flea markets picking up quaint little antiques here and there. sigh~

One day!


Fabulously french said...

Catherine,I love this book and my plan is to work my way through it.

Just need to get the house renovations out of the way first!

Leeann x

Lee said...

This book sounds gorgeous - I'm going to look for it next time I'm at the bookshop. Thanks for letting us all know about this wonderful little book. If we can't have France, we can have the next best thing - a book about France! Lee :)

My name is PJ. said...

Yowza! That's right up my alley!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Looks wonderful Catherine. [love the cover]. One day I will get all the books I've been yearning for.

Rachel Follett said...

I am adding this one to my list of books to get. That cover is gorgeous and it sounds so lovely!

pinkstilettos said...

I am going to have to go check this book out! Sounds Neat. Daisy~