Whether you’re an antique maven, or someone like me who loves scrounging around in grandma’s attic, the Hotel Drouot, Paris’s main auction house, is a visit not to miss! The action begins at 11:00 a.m., when the doors open and let the public in to peruse several showrooms chock full of amazing French antiques, furniture, jewels, rugs, paintings, and bibelot of every kind for one hour. This is where the antique dealers find their best stuff. At noon, when the doors close for the sacrosanct two hour lunch,, there’s time to visit the covered arcades in the neighborhood, or eat at the last of Paris’s turn of the century ’ “bouillon” or worker’s cafeteria’s, the world famous restaurant “Chartier.” At 2:00 p.m., the auctions begin, and last all afternoon. You can run from room to room, following the action, or place your bid on a treasure to bring back to always remember your visit to Paris.
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