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I found this sunny back-street in Lille, in
Northern France, was uncommonly quiet
during the city's famous 'Braderie', the
biggest flea-market in Europe. For two
days, 2.5 million visitors swirled around
some 4 Km of stalls selling everything from
out-and-out junk to some very desirable
antiques, from bric-à-brac to modern art,
and furniture to fine linens and everything
in between. Anyone who has anything to
sell puts a cloth over the pavement
outside their front door, and the
bargaining begins. Although prices have
gone up since our first visit about 20 years
ago, that's only to be expected; what we
didn't expect was how big the event has
now become, the market now having
spread into the park next to the the old
fort on the other side of the ring road.
Traffic conrol is impressive, the crowd is good-natured and youthful, and when it's all
over the streets are so clean the morning after, you'd never know the 'Braderie' had
happened at all. And the most impressive thing about it is that it's been going since the
11th century.
I found this sunny back-street in Lille, in Northern France, was uncommonly quiet during the
city's famous 'Braderie', the biggest flea-market in Europe. For two days, 2.5 million visitors
swirled around some 4 Km of stalls selling everything from out-and-out junk to some very
desirable antiques, from bric-à-brac to modern art, and furniture to fine linens and everything in
between. Anyone who has anything to sell puts a cloth over the pavement outside their front
door, and the bargaining begins. Although prices have gone up since our first visit about 20 years
ago, that's only to be expected; what we didn't expect was how big the event has now become,
the market now having spread into the park next to the the old fort on the other side of the ring
road. Traffic conrol is impressive, the crowd is good-natured and youthful, and when it's all over
the streets are so clean the morning after, you'd never know the 'Braderie' had happened at all.
And the most impressive thing about it is that it's been going since the 11th century.
I found this sunny back-street in Lille, in
Northern France, was uncommonly quiet
during the city's famous 'Braderie', the biggest
flea-market in Europe. For two days, 2.5 million
visitors swirled around some 4 Km of stalls
selling everything from out-and-out junk to
some very desirable antiques, from bric-à-brac
to modern art, and furniture to fine linens and
everything in between. Anyone who has
anything to sell puts a cloth over the pavement
outside their front door, and the bargaining
begins. Although prices have gone up since our
first visit about 20 years ago, that's only to be
expected; what we didn't expect was how big
the event has now become, the market now
having spread into the park next to the the old
fort on the other side of the ring road. Traffic
conrol is impressive, the crowd is good-natured
and youthful, and when it's all over the streets
are so clean the morning after, you'd never know the 'Braderie' had happened at all. And the
most impressive thing about it is that it's been going since the 11th century.

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I found this sunny back-street in Lille, in Northern France, was uncommonly quiet during the city's famous 'Braderie', the biggest flea-market in Europe. For two days, 2.5 million visitors swirled around some 4 Km of stalls selling everything from out-and-out junk to some very desirable antiques, from bric-à-brac to modern art, and furniture to fine linens and everything in between.   
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