Thursday, May 7, 2015






The wisteria blooms have arrived in all of their showy, fragrant glory.  Did you know Marco Polo carried wisteria seeds from China in the 13th century?  Or that wisteria is a member of the pea family?  A wisteria vine grows wildly in our backyard and as I was sitting outside the other evening, I was reminded of wisteria covered buildings of the flea market in Paris.

One afternoon we ventured to Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen Market — the biggest flea market in the world.  We followed these ever so helpful instructions on how to get there.  The market is only open on Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, Sundays from 10am to 6pm and Mondays from 11am to 5pm.  The flea market is sprawling and we walked from market to market rifling through old postcards, admiring artwork and ogling vintage designer luggage.  Shopkeepers sat outside enjoying freshly shucked oysters and sipping rosé.  We finished shopping, then set out to find our own glass of rosé.  We walked to the nearby ma cocotte for lunch with the requisite glass of pink wine.

And, in case you’re interested, tips for treasure hunting here and here.


  • Debbie @ Deb Runs

    I love the wisteria in front of the stone building in the second picture. My mother-in-law had an absolutely gorgeous wisteria tree. I dried seeds from the pods, but never had luck getting my own tree to grow. I liked it because it stayed contained and didn’t take over it’s neighboring plants, fences, etc.

    • Kristin

      My grandmother has the most beautiful wisteria tree. I’ve heard that it’s tough to get them started from seeds and that young plants can take more than 5 years to flower. I’m glad to have a little wild vine because I doubt I would have the patience to make it grow!

  • Laura @ Roam + Golightly

    STOP! The wisteria trees you’ve captured are so beautiful, I could cry. If only I knew about these flea market gems while I was there a few months ago!

  • erin

    Gorgeous! Now I want to go treasure hunting at a flea market and enjoy a cappuccino at a sidewalk café… and attempt to grow a wisteria tree 🙂 This it would thrive in Minnesota?!

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