We’re ba-ack, and we’re doing what we love best: Buying antiques, fine art, one of a kind objects and just about anything else we get our hands on from our favorite vendors and markets in France. We all know that travel has become a little more challenging these days, and let’s not even talk about shipping! So our attitude is that while we’re here, we’re going to take advantage of as much as possible: Shop 'til we drop, buy til our pennies run out, and enjoy the food, wine and warm welcome that we so appreciate in every place we visit, starting with the morning walk in Paris, around the Eiffel Tower.
The next stop is to the Paris flea market, where we wish we could bottle the taste level and ship everything home. This time we hit the jackpot on a couple of items, whether a grouping of 18th century books ...
a handsome leather topped desk ...
and a mid-century coffee table.
And of course we can never resist the dog spotting (and people watching!).
Then we hopped on the fast train to Provence, where the sky is (almost) always blue and the people are (always) welcoming and friendly.
And that's where the fun continued, as we woke up at the crack of dawn, joined the hordes of treasure hunters, rushed around to the different markets and tried to stake out our favorite finds before the competition could spot them first.
Happily, we found enough treasures to fill a container, with some of our goodies pictured below:
Prune dryers - a favorite decorative item
Louis XV painted oak commode from the Alsatian region
A vintage slate gueridon from an old factory in the Loire Valley that closed 40 years ago
Vintage brushes for scraping the bark off trees (you never know when they might come in handy)
An oversized dining table with a beautiful bleached oak patina
A portrait of a man that cried out to us both at the same time ...
and an Italian landscape that we couldn't resist.
Some charming Italian chairs.
A very large and fabulous Trumeau.
And our piece de resistance, Benoit, le boule dog. There will be more about this little guy when we announce our exciting news, next week. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, we walked and worked and measured and shot and tied tags on furniture that sometimes had us tied up in knots!
And most important of all, we learned a long time ago that every negotiation goes much better with a smile!
Of course with all this hard work of sourcing and negotiating and editing and shipping there has to be a little reward, right? In the Huff'ington spirit of enjoying life to its fullest, we always seek unique and fun place to stay, that often come with a story and sometimes lead to years of giggles when we recall the adventures that we've had along the way.
This time, we did find some places that were unusual and off the beaten path, but oh so charming and delightful.
The pool outside our B&B, in a quaint medieval village near Avignon.
And this was the view from my balcony at our 1960's hotel near Montpellier on the Mediterranean.
It was a special treat to dip my toes in the water after the grueling morning market. Just a refreshing little reminder that I may have the best job in the world ... for which I am grateful every single day.
PS: If you liked what you saw and you'd like to see a lot more, come visit us in October when we receive this container!