My New Old Underwood Typewriter

I credit my sister with my growing typewriter addiction.  It all started after my sister’s visit here in July.  She found a couple of vintage typewriters while she was here, but she couldn’t get them home because they are so heavy.  After looking at typewriters with my sister I started looking at other typewriters while I was shopping.  I found some that were very nice and very expensive.  I started picking some up when they caught my eye.  I now have several of my own typewriters and I love them.  My newest and favorite typewriter is this Underwood No. 5.


 This one is special because it was made for sale in France.  It has an AZERTY keyboard and this plaque on the front.  I love this piece of Americana with a French twist.


The vintage style of this beautiful piece makes me so happy.  The fact that it still works is a testament to the craftsmanship of the early 1900’s.  I am so pleased to have a piece of history in my home.


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Chateau de Villandry

 We hadn’t planned on visiting Chateau de Villandry.  We finished our morning at Chinon and we wanted to visit another place.  We pulled out the map and found Villandry and started heading that way.


The kitchen had a great collection of wooden furniture and copper pots, 2 of my favorite things.


I love the table.


This rack was really interesting, the crates are like ones that I have seen at many markets.  I love how they lift off the rack and they each hold a different kind of produce.


Looking up the stairwell.


A beautiful arrangement from the gardens.


A sweet painting from the house.


This is fabric and ribbon for a wall treatment in one of the children’s rooms.


The library, so beautiful.


I love this hallway.


The view from the library.


This sculpture was beautiful in the afternoon light.


For all of the beautiful art in the house, this little corner of creepy art was more disturbing.





The view from outside.


At the end of the herb garden.


A tree line boulevard is one of my favorite landscaping views.  I love how my daughter is in an all out run.


The garden cat enjoying the afternoon sun.


This is the oldest part of the Chateau, it dates back to the 12th century.


My favorite view of the day.


I hope you enjoyed this walk through the Chateau de Villandry with me.

Castles and Brocantes in La Loire Valley

 In October French schools take 2 weeks off for their Toussaint break.  Toussaint, or All Saints’ Day, is a time when they honor their dead.  Our children don’t go to a French school, so they only get 1 week off of school.  We decided to take this time to visit La Loire Valley.  Here are a couple photos from the beginning of our trip.

Our trip started with a stop in Orleans.  We walked through the cathedral and then through a market that was just closing.  I was going from table to table as quickly as I could before the vendors packed things up.  I did find a few things that were worth bringing home.

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From Orleans we drove on to Amboise where we were staying.

This is where Leonardo Da Vinci is buried, in Chateau Amboise.  This was our view during dinner.


On our way to Chinon we drove by this ‘little’ chateau.  They had signs all over advertising for an upcoming brocante.  I am trying to decide if a 2 1/2 hour drive is worth it.


Chinon was a great stop for the whole family.  We had a treat from a local bakery and toured the castle.  Joan of Arc came here for a meeting.


 After the castle we headed down into the city for the monthly brocante.  The vendors set up along the banks of the river.  There was a playground across the street from the brocante so I was able to listen to the laughter of my children while I collected as many treasures as I could carry.


There are many more pictures to comb through after our very enjoyable trip.

Bienvenue to Brocante Treasures!

Hello, My name is Amy.
Just over a year ago my family was waiting to find out where we would be making our next move.  I was 3 months pregnant and living in Oslo, Norway at the time.  We had a few ideas of where we might be going, but when my husband called and said our next home would be Paris I thought he was lying.  By July we were on a plane from Oslo to Paris and ready to settle our 3 children in and get ready to meet #4.


Our first year in Paris was so much fun, we welcomed a new baby and traveled and settled in to our new home.  I have always loved vintage treasures.  When we lived in Texas I loved to collect old things and clean them up or repurpose them.  Living in France has taken my love of collecting to a new level.

The word brocante is a French word that refers to second hand trade.  When I see the word Brocante on a roadside sign I get so excited.  A brocante usually looks like a flea market, tables and boxes and piles of gorgeous old items.  There are other names like vide-grenier, foire a tout or march au puce.  Each of these events has a slightly different selection of old items, but they are all a good time.

As I have spent more time visiting different brocantes I have amassed a collection of French vintage items.  I have started collections like I never thought I would be able to. My hope one day is to be able to share my treasures with others, people that are not able to get to France to wander the markets on their own.

I do most of my treasure hunting with my family in tow, that means my husband and 4 children in tow.  We see a lot of beautiful places in France and beyond and we have a lot of fun.




I hope you have fun coming along on our adventures and enjoy sharing in my treasures.