“My dear, I’m taking you to a treasure trove,” I announced to my beloved before morning breakfast.
“What treasure trove,” he replied.
"Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen,” I remarked with an air of imperiousness as if I knew a secret he didn’t.
Walter implored, “Le Marché what?”
I answered sardonically, “You silly, Marché aux puces is French for flea market, and Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is the biggest and most famous flea market in Paris.”
“Oh! Well! Let’s go,” he chirped.
As we serpentine our way into the labyrinth of St.-Ouen, through arrays of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ accoutrements with rotting 17th century paintings sitting astride carousel horses, Victorian birdcages hanging on makeshift canopies and faded French romance novels stacked against one another, not to mention a lot of fabulous old telephones; we finally arrived on hallowed ground.
Permanent structures that housed genuine French antiques, exquisite artworks, historic furnishings, and an embarrassment of vintage haute couture, displayed proudly and broached by fascinating vendors; Walter pronounced, “I’m starving.”
As we sat devouring croque-monsieurs, pain au chocolat and consuming cups of café au laits, I reminisced. “I was introduced to this bazaar by Driss, the handsome French/Moroccan male model. Remember him in A HAREM BOY’S SAGA – III – DEBAUCHERY?”
“Ooh là là mon chéri! I remember sexy Driss all right,” my ‘hubby’ exclaimed.
“You’ll read more about him in book V – METANOIA. Besides being a model, he was also an interior designer when we met in 1967. I’m sure he’s retired now and living a life of luxury,” I commented.
“Is that why you brought me here? To show me your old haunts,” Walter quipped.
“I brought you here so we can return to purchase furnishings when we move to the South of France,” I declared before we continued scouring Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen for the rest of that morning .
Bernard Foong (aka Young)
A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young
(a 5 – 7 book autobiographical series)
A Harem Boy's Saga (series) - Film Option Agreement signed with UK Film production company.