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La foire des Andaines brocante walk through the forest, in May 2017

One of the loveliest brocante (flea market) fairs in Normandy takes place every May, in the Orne.

In 2017 the Foire des Andaines takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May.

The fair stretches along a forest road between Saint-Michel-des-Andaines and Bagnoles de l’Orne. Here you will find a few hundred sellers; some antiques, lots of brocantes, a few regular market stalls, plants, local produce and plenty of places to rummage.

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The road is closed to traffic for the weekend.  We tend to park in Andaines – either on nearby roads or the car park set up in a field for the event – then have lunch in Bagnoles before the walk back.

Very useful info – barbecue food and drinks are available just before you reach Bagnoles, and there are proper loos next to the road at the Bagnoles racetrack.

Serious (or sensible) types take a trolley. It may be just 3.2km each way, but that can be a bit of a struggle carrying a corner cupboard and half the Bayeux tapestry, as we discovered.

Happy hunting!

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Rewarding ourselves in Bagnoles de l’Orne

Seen at the fair

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Soda siphon and oil lamp heaven
Soda siphon and oil lamp heaven

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Muguet, Lilly of the Valley
Muguet, Lilly of the Valley

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Normandy Then and Now
Hello! Shamelessly obsessed with Normandy, we are discovering fascinating corners of this delightful region by following a bundle of bewitching vintage postcards. Led by these carte postale, unearthed in brocantes from Le Tréport to Cherbourg, Alençon to Vernon, our travels are uncovering lots of: - hidden histories - awesome art - brilliant brocante (vintage goodies) - amazing architecture - fantastic food and some salacious (if historic) scandal! One of the many attractions of Normandy are the wonderful flea market brocante sales and shops that let everyone bring little bits of Normandy home. We post regular updates on brocante markets in the region plus insider info on where to find the best brocante emporiums.
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