Sunday, September 18, 2011
Lille Flea Market
On the first weekend in September, Europe's largest flea market is held in Lille France. Lille is just about an hour's drive from our house, so Kyle and I decided to check it out.
There are vendors all throughout the streets of Lille and they do sell everything. As one would expect, there are lots of antiques - furniture, china, toys, linens, books and more. You can even find plenty of mounted antlers if you are so inclined.
In addition to the antiques there are vendors selling cheap cosmetics, shoes, candy and other dollar store type items.
The big food item at the Lille market is mussels. Restaurants hold a competition to see who can create the largest pile of mussel shells. They have big bins to contain the shells and then let them pile up through the weekend. Imagine millions of people, hot sun and unwashed seafood shells and you will know why Kyle and I opted to attend early on Saturday rather than late on Sunday.
I did buy a few things. Those things will just have to remain identified as things, as they were all gifts. And the recipients read this blog.
All in all a fun day and an opportunity to experience another part of Europe.