The great street market - Saint-Quentin secondhand market
Traditional annual event that gathers together almost 1500 stallholders (trade and private) so that you, the antiques hunters, will be in your element along these miles of stalls, as you seek out the object that you know will be perfect in your home or your garden. Will you find yours?
This street market came into being before the Great War, bearing witness to the attachment of the Picards to bartering and haggling. A sociable day where sellers and bargain hunters go about their business.
It also gives you the chance to explore the riches of St.Quentin: the 13th century basilica (and its original 260 metre maze), the flamboant gothic-style town hall and its council chambers which house a highly homogenous art deco collection, the Antoine Lécuyer museum (home to the pastels of the official portrait artist to Louis XV, Maurice Quentin de la Tour, among other things). And why not make the most of the factory outlets to grab yourself some bargains? Household linen from "textiles Bauchard" or famous cast iron cookware from "Le Creuset".
Do you love water and nature? If so, then head for Tréfcon for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or a canoe trip on the Somme. A special moment to discover some of the flora and fauna and to chat with your guide: Mr. Wynands. He knows his region well and shares this with all lovers of the countryside.
And to enjoy the way of life there is nothing like spending a night in one of the charming hotels or guest houses: some of you may choose the castle accommodation with Caroline Houssin in Maissemy, while others will opt for a 2 star hotel (at the Florence) or a 3 star hotel (Les Canonniers).
And for those of you who want to be even closer to nature a night in a caravan at the water's edge will most definitely be a welcome change of scenery for you! Rural life, in the heart of open countryside, fishing, canoeing in the Omignon.
A bit hungry? At the street market tradition has it that you eat the famous tripe and chips in honour of the song "On carillonne à Saint-Quentin, des tripes et du boudin !" (but why tripe and pudding? quite simply because long ago, on festival days, the Bernardin nuns offered charcuterie to those in need).
Other useful addresses include le Rouget Noir, le Troubadour, l’Imprimerie, le Fervaques and many others.
The antiques dealers will be waiting for you at their stalls:
Saint Quentin Enchères Hôtel des Ventes - 14 r Mulhouse Tel : 00 33 3 23 62 28 30
Jacky - 91 r Isle - Tel: 03.23.64.74.00
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