Sisterhood in Paris (Part 2)

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So, I had planned on publishing this post last week, but obviously, something more serious happened in Paris. However, life has picked up its normal rhythm since then, so I thought it was about time to pick up my blog as well. Yes, today it is time for a flash back to Sunday the 8th of November, when my big sis was still in town and everyone felt happy, merry and safe!

PS: If you haven’t read our adventures of Saturday, you can find them here.

On Sunday, we woke up with a mission: to go to ‘le marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen’. My sister, who always likes to see the unusual sides of cities, had read about it in a ‘visit Paris differently’ article, and she kindly asked if I wanted to go. Le Marché aux Puces is an assembly of different flee markets in the north of Paris where you can go hunting for antique, vintage fashion, old-school LPs or just a good café. The weather back then was still amazing (please lord, bring me back), so I slipped on a dress, my sistah slipped on a skirt and we went on our way.
When we stepped out of the metro at Porte de Clignancourt and looked around, we immediately spotted a place that perfectly set the vintage-market-hipster tone: la Récyclerie. We went in, attracted by a collection of LPs that K had spotted inside, but we soon found out the place was much more than that. It appeared to be a restaurant-, DIY-place-, garden-, recycle-, environment-, healthy wholesome food- kinda thing. You know, just like your average local pub 😉 .

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My sister listened to some LPs, while I discovered the rest of the place with my camera.

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They have an atelier, where you can come work (if René thinks your trust worthy enough) or even borrow the materials if you are part of the club.

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They have a restaurant, where people like to enjoy a good Sunday brunch.

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You can even sit outside if you want.

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And if you have leftovers? Just give them to the chickens!

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Any more energy left? If you’re a clubmember you can try some gardening.

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And you’re guaranteed that your hard work will pay off: the herbs, veggies and fruits are put to good use in the restaurant again! It’s the cycle of life, my friends.

We didn’t have time to apply for a membership sadly enough, so we set off to our real destination: le marché aux Puces. As said before, ‘le marché’ is in fact a collection of different markets, so you can choose the ones that suit you best. We started off at marché Paul Bert.

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Once you step in, your eyes will not rest ever again.

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Globes, toys, furniture or anything old,…

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Giant mirrors and even bigger chandeliers,..

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Kitchy stuff and even more kitchy stuff,…

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And some autumn in between.

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It is a never ending stream of curious, fascinating old objects, works of art and design pieces.

One moment, you feel like Marie Antoinette at her dressing table…

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Marché des Puces - Sisterhood in Paris - http://www.thisisb.be

… the next moment you are trying on the furriest coat you can find,…

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… or taking a rest in a stinky-chair. Everything is possible.

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The guy on the painting is clearly disgusted by the feet beneath him :”) .

The prices were widely above our budget, so we did what we always do: walk away…

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…keep the money to ourselves for a while, and then spend it on food. We ended up at a little Italian place and ordered our daily dose of wine, pizza and okay then, salad.

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Marché des Puces - Sisterhood in Paris - http://www.thisisb.be

I tried to make pretty food-blog pictures.

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But there was a little interruption.

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Clearly, it was time to eat 😂.
After silencing our bellies, we headed back to the city center to visit Le Saint-Chapelle.

Métro

My sister captured this picture of me (sleeping) in the metro :”) . This is how I look every morning…

For some weird reason, our dad is in love with this church and has been urging me to go there ever since I arrived in August. We thought it would be nice to pass by, so we could brag about being the best children in the world to him.

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But unfortunately, it was five o’clock already and the church had closed its doors. So there was nothing left for these two lost souls to do than to watch the sun set over Paris.

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It was breath taking, as usual.

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We crossed the river, and explored everything it had to offer. Like this awesome mini-park on the very end of île de la cité where a bright, yellow tree was offering us the best of Autumn.

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I couldn’t resist a leaf-angel of course.

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And a selfie-shoot with the two of us!

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Once the sun was truly set, we walked further along the Seine. “What’s there?” my sister asked, pointing to a fancy building where warm light was shining through the windows. “I don’t know… it looks like an exhibition… Oh wait! I think I saw some ads of that exhibition in the metro, I think it should be cool.” “Let’s go.”

We ended up at Take me, I’m yours a (very weird!) exhibition of Christian Boltanski that ran until the 8th of November, where you could take anything (really… anything), put it in a brown bag and take it home. For example you could take post cards of the walls, clothes, pieces of paper, fotobooth-pictures, newspapers, and so on. You were invited to participate in every art work. The instructions were clear. We left stuff, we folded stuff, we stamped stuff and we took stuff.

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Christian Boltanski - Sisterhood in Paris - http://www.thisisb.be

Some artworks were even taste-able! We were lucky to have stumbled upon the very last day of the exhibition. At the entrance/exit, there was a beautiful bonzai trees that contained hundreds and hundreds of sweet messages of other visitors. We left one as well of course.

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I love exhibitions like this (the weirder, the better)! It was a rather short one, with not a lot of art pieces, but it was a lot of fun 😄.

We ended the night strolling to the other side of the Seine again, arriving at the Louvre. We gave our legs a little rest, took the bus home and fixed ourselves some goodbye-sushi. Then, me and K said our goodbyes and off she was, back to Belgium!

An awesome weekend with the best sister I could ever dream of 😀👭 . Team!

xx B

7 thoughts on “Sisterhood in Paris (Part 2)

  1. Totally missed out on this blog post, shame on me!! But the more fun it is to read about it a month later… ❤️ You were a great city host and this weekend was truly the best and cosiest I’ve ever had… Xxx

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