February 12: Off to the market!

One important thing first: apart from the cover picture of this post (which was the view from my kitchen window this morning, honestly), all the photos were taken by Thomas (thank you!). I myself was once again far too busy looking and marveling to think about taking photos ... I'm really not suited to this Insta-world ...

Marché aux puces à Deauville

First stop: flea market in the Salle des Fêtes, Avenue de la République. I had made a note of this vide-grenier a long time ago. Realization: I guess indoor flea markets smell the same all over the world - a bit musty, a bit moth-balled and kind of dusty. Naturally, Yvette has a bit of a problem with that (hihi). But seriously: I was actually surprised that even at such a "non-professional" flea market there were things that I had to sneak around several times to avoid buying (porcelain dog white and black, quite large/old silk scarves possibly actually genuine Dior/pill boxes small and fine). The prices were surprisingly reasonable. So why didn't I buy? - Because I'm afraid of return train miles! I also have to admit that I felt a little uncomfortable in the crowds and among all the people.

Marché de Deauville

Second stop: Place du Marché (where else?). But of course this is also the absolutely perfect place for a market - with open-air and half-timbered halls, colorful and fragrant in its mixture of cloths and books, hats and clothes, fruit and vegetable stalls, fish and meat counters. But the range of market people is also worth seeing. There are smooth-operated and made-up older men accompanied by fluffy fiffis next to the grande dame in the sable (unfortunately, definitely real), young things who are a little too loud and try on cardigans with a little too much polyester and, of course, the traditional chubby market vendor, whose mischievous smile finds its way over the mask into the shining eyes.

Markets are as much a part of Trouville and Deauville as the beach and seagulls. By the way, the one in Trouville is always on Wednesdays and Sundays:

Allons ! Au marché !