This weekend Palaiseau celebrated the fête de la montagne. I knew about it, because I’d seen the posters advertising it. I happened to be in town on Friday and saw the preparations as well. Wooden stalls and alpine decorations everywhere! They also erected bleachers, so people would be able to watch the bûcheron / lumberjack championships.
What I didn’t realise is that Palaiseau also has a brocante on the last Saturday of September. Brocante means “Trödel” in German. The two major streets of central Palaiseau were closed for traffic and everywhere were trestle tables. Basically it was a town wide rummage sale.
You could get anything: clothes, books, games, vinyl, VHS tapes, CRT screens. The lamp pictured above. In between the stalls the Rotary club sold cake and the local pizza places pizza and kebab. Further up rue de Paris there were stalls selling tarte flambée (Flammkuchen) and more cakes.
I’m pretty proud of myself – I didn’t buy a single thing. Maybe wrestling the three big boxes home was still too fresh in my memory. The fête de la montagne was comparatively small – only on one small road connecting the two brocante streets. And the space where the bûcherons competed, but we didn’t stay to watch the spectacle.