Tag Archives: antiques

La Crèche de Noël

As long as I can remember, my family had une crèche de Noël (oon cresh duh no-ell), or a Nativity scene. Mary was a little worse for wear, with a chunk missing at the base. She had to be propped … Continue reading

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What to see in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: Part One

A visit to this pretty little town was one of my chief motivations for visiting this part of France. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is known as “The Venice of Provence” because of the way it is encircled by the river that gave the … Continue reading

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Pourriez-vous me renseigner?

I hadn’t been to the famous Marché aux puces de St Ouen at the north end of Paris for about fifteen years. Since moving to the Boston area and furnishing our new home, I’ve had more interest in antiques, so … Continue reading

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My penchant for rootling around antique shops has made me think of another useful French word, fouiner (foo-ee-nay); which means “to search,” or “to rummage through.” What kind of things to I like to search for? Things that make me … Continue reading

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Ce qui est pris n’est plus à prendre

On Saturday, I spent an enjoyable day poking around antique shops in Essex, Massachusetts. We saw a portrait that we liked very much, but we wanted to think it over.  Then I learned a very à propos phrase on the … Continue reading

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