Fête de la montagne

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. 20150927_141927

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.

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View of the borcante on rue de Paris

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oh, champs-élysées

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view down rue de paris in the other direction

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what a trip down memory lane..

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Playmobil art. Love the idea!

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.

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Tartiflette is a potato dish with a lot of very smelly cheese. Delicious!

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Not sure if this means the dietplus is really, really good or very bad.

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Apart from a couple of stalls for children the fête de la montagne also sold this beauty.

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Mountain themed art made from wood. Very..je ne sais quoi.

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You could pet sled dogs for 50 cent, but Gergö didn’t want to. They have to be kept on a leash at all times, apparently. As soon as it’s off, they run. The dude to the right walked two of the dogs with a leash he wore as a belt around his waist.

 

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