When my mom told us she was coming for a visit one of the first things I did was look for an opportunity for my husband and I to get away together. With 4 children it can be very difficult to find someone that can watch all 4 overnight. We hadn’t been away just the two of us since before our youngest was born, over a year ago. I found a great place for us to go that wasn’t too far from home, more on that later. Our first activity after leaving the house was a vide grenier.
Who is surprised that I managed to find one near where we were going? A vide grenier is like a garage sale, only it is an attic sale. This one was held inside a school in the small town of Auneau. We had to drive around for a bit, but we found the sale and I went to work.
It was not a huge sale, but I found several treasures, here they are back at home all cleaned up. The baguette basket is old and beautiful. The soup toureen is Villeroy and Boch, the black scale was out of someone’s attic, an old French children’s book, the little yellow elephant tea pot and the brass candlestick rounded out my finds.
We got a snack and a cup of coffee from their concession stand and then walked around the town for a little bit. It is amazing to me the history you can find in small towns.
Our car was parked in a parking lot just to the right of this path.
We would have loved to tour this old building, but it was not open to the public.
This marker was just outside this old house, it talks about a battle between Catholic and Protestants in 1587. I will never get over the history of this country.
The sign on this building said Telegraphs.
The Mairie’s office, the Christmas lights on this were pretty amazing too.
Another old tower.
I love this field. We live in the city, not in the heart of Paris, but close enough that we do not get to enjoy much open space.
The green here makes me so happy.
This old building was on the other side of the parking lot. It is used as some kind of municipal building now.
I wish public buildings in the US had this much character.
This was great start to a refreshing time away for Jon and I. More pictures to come.