Antique Market | Lucca, Italy

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

Our stay at Valdirose happened to coincide with the monthly antique market in Lucca. And being that we both love a great flea market we were all too happy to make a day of it!

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

After we found parking we made our way to the main square to begin our hunt. The market has hundreds of dealers with stalls spilling over from the square on to the side streets and alleyways. The backdrop of Lucca’s ancient architecture made for an incredibly memorable experience.

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

For hours we strolled among the stalls searching for treasures, enjoying the local chatter and bargaining being discussed in Italian. All on friendly terms, of course.

One thing I’ve noticed about European vs American culture is that dogs seem to be welcome everywhere. Which I love! I’ve seen dogs at markets, on busy city streets, at local cafes and coffee shops, even in larger shopping centers all with an air of ease in their surroundings. It makes me want to bring our rescue pup Liberty along for the ride more often.

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

We happened to run across an antique marble basin nearly identical to the one we used in my studio bathroom. It was 250 euro in case you’re wondering. I also adored that bamboo chair!
Too bad it wouldn’t fit in my backpack carry-on.

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

My husband was obsessing over all the unique bikes. I think he plans on making one someday because he asked me to take a photo of nearly all of them. I have to admit this powder blue one parked in front of my favorite linen vendor was pretty cute. I ended up buying a set of six antique linen napkins here. Now I just need to plan a little party to use them.

Heather Bullard | Lucca, Italy

Oh, and I can’t forget to show you our adorable rental car for our Italian adventure….

Heather Bullard | Red Fiat

So perfect, right?!

Thanks for dropping by the blog today. I know my posts are few and far between and I wanted you to know I appreciate you taking time to spend a few minutes here with me. Goodness knows I have a volume of stuff to talk about: travels, work, interior decorating going on at Grove House, and a slew of other projects. Hopefully I can get my rear in gear and knock out some posts!

In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram sharing highlights of daily life.
In a more frequent manner. xo, H

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  • Garden, Home and Party

    I always love seeing an email in my inbox with your name on it! I’ve loved following your travels on IG. Thanks for taking us along.
    Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

    June 10, 2016 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Hi Karen! Thanks for always making an effort to connect and leave a comment. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I hope you have a great summer weekend ahead! Best! H

      June 10, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Rhonda

    Ooh, I enjoyed the flea market images! That bike is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us. Rhonda

    June 10, 2016 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Isn’t it fun? Sort of makes a granny style bike look cool! I could haul a ton of antique finds on that thing!
      Thanks for saying hello! ~H

      June 10, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply
  • Denise

    gorgeous! and fun!!! I see tons of stuff I’d be swooping in on ๐Ÿ˜‰ I agree on the dogs. Bend Oregon is kind of that way here- very dog friendly. When I was in Paris, we were eating lunch, and a French bulldog suddenly wandered out from under the banquet seat I was sitting on! LOL I had no idea he was there until he wandered out. I was cracking up! I’ll have to write this spot down in my must see flea markets. Thanks for sharing.

    June 10, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      So funny! That’s happened to me at restaurants in France…suddenly they just appear! Love that Bend is accommodating to our furry friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 10, 2016 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Sue W.

    Someday, perhaps when I win the lottery, I would love to spend a month or fifty exploring italy, France and Germany. Oh, England too! Thank you for taking us along. Tell your hubby is would like a bike like that too! ?

    June 10, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Me too, Sue! I’ve never been to Germany and only to London for stop-overs. I have a huge list of places I want to see in the UK. The gardens, seaside cliffs, castles, villages with thatched roof houses…charm overload!

      June 10, 2016 at 11:01 am Reply
  • Kelly

    I am ready to go back to italy after reading your post. I do remember friendly pets everywhere there! I miss the gelato everyday. Aren’t the cars to die for over there? I really fell in love with Tuscany

    June 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Yummmm, gelato. We could go back again and again. Italy is unbelievable!

      June 11, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply
  • Paula Arndt

    Gosh, that takes me back! I went to Italy so long ago (1994) but when we were in Florence, we took a day trip on the train to Lucca where we happened upon that same market! I bought an awesome leather satchel which I carried for years. But my favorite memory was the walk around the town on the city wall. With the rolling green countryside on the outside and views of incredible, ancient buildings and gardens on the inside, the 3-mile walk was so pleasant, along the tree lined path on top of a huge stone wall! Is it still there? I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be, having been there for something like a 1000 years!

    June 11, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      What beautiful memories! Yes, the wall is still there and just as beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • Kelly Wilkniss

    HI Heather – lovely post yet again! I kinda like that they are further apart…more like a special treat. If Christmas came once a week would it be Christmas? I am so interested in your Academy and had a few friends that attended this year. Alas, I am renovating a historic home ( 1886 ) from top to bottom pipe to plug, so I could not get away at this time. Definitely interested for future trips. We met briefly at the Remnants Show last November. I talked to you about my app, You could not have been lovelier, so I bet spending a week in your company & other kindred spirits would be an utterly delight! Have a nice weekend

    June 11, 2016 at 8:32 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Hi Kelly! Oh yes, I remember our meeting at Remnants! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can imagine restoring an 1886 home takes quite a bit of time and attention. I’m sure it will be worth it though… as homes always are. Would love to have you attend another time perhaps. Still coming down from the work of the first Academy in France and trying to decide my next course of action. Will post info on the blog when I’ve made a decision. Thanks for your interest…it was a fantastic group of women and the entire week was just a dream! Best! ~H

      June 12, 2016 at 8:04 am Reply
  • Kelly Elarth


    I love your blog!! My husband and I are planning our first trip to Italy this september. We’re going to florence, montepulciano, and the amalfi coast. Any recommendations for must see/eat places in florence? How do you find out where and when antique markets are?


    June 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Thanks, Kelly! You’ll love Italy! I still have to write up posts for Florence and Rome. Will be sure to add our favorites. As for the markets, I just Google before I arrive in each city. I don’t plan our trips around the antique markets (with the exception of France) but I’m always happy when they coincide. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm Reply
  • Amanda Marshall

    I LOVE finding a new post of yours, be it here on your blog (especially here!) or on Instagram. You have such a good eye with your photography and I always leave inspired. Your workshop looked absolutely amazing — I am so excited to see and hear more about it!

    June 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Aw, thanks Amanda! I’ve been slowly going through images from The Academy and can’t wait to share! Trying to catch up with all those other posts I’m so far behind on. Why does time slip by so quickly? Hope all is well in Croatia! ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 16, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Petra Matthew

    Italy looks wonderfull. And the food there, the food!
    I enjoy your ig and ig almost is becoming like a mini blog for a lot of people. Also fun!

    June 16, 2016 at 8:18 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Thanks for following along here and on IG! And yes….the food in Italy was seriously the BEST!

      June 16, 2016 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Jordan Nicole

    I absolutely loved this post! European markets have a wonderful feel about them. What a dream to stroll through aisles of treasures in the presence of rich architecture. I visited a friend in Portugal a few summers ago. Bits and pieces of this market remind me of the one she took me to, the Thieves Market. If you find yourself in Portugal, it’s a fun one to see. xxx

    January 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply
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