Saturday, September 1, 2012


I saw these signs start to go up around the city this week advertising the upcoming braderie in Croix Rousse quarter of Lyon. I discovered a braderie is a huge annual flea market where you can find just about anything. This is the braderie season and the French city of Lille is having theirs this weekend. The Braderie Lille was the big news today because it is Europe's largest street market attracting nearly two million visitors. There are other events that have grown up around the Lille braderie such as the mountain of mussel shells contest. Serving mussels and fries has become a tradition at the Lille braderie and the city's restaurants compete to see who can build the highest pile of mussel shells. There is also a half marathon. So though Lyon's braderie is not as huge as Lille's I am still looking forward to rummaging through all that stuff to find some unexpected treasure. I'm sure you'd like to see a mountain of mussel shells and some of the things for sale at a braderie so watch this one minute video