Journées du Commerce Equitable in Alfortville

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Last Sunday we took the RER D train to Alfortville to explore the arts, crafts, and food stands that had been set up to celebrate “Equitable Commerce Day.”

Stefan Buljat

Stefan Buljat
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Stefan Buljat of Baština, an organization that promotes equitable and multipolar tourism, had told us about the festival.

The Ladies That Were Serving Brunch

The Ladies That Were Serving Brunch
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One of the attractions of the event was a free brunch. This turned out to be jams and honey spread on different kinds of delicious breads, and squares of chocolate…all you could eat! Plus coffee and tea to drink. The ladies who served us were in high spirits and one of them cut loose and began waving her arms when one of the singers in the the band, Paradise, began a gospel number.

Paradise Performs in Alfortville

Paradise Performs in Alfortville
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Paradise performed Caribbean music on the steps of the town hall.

Kids Dancing to the Music

Kids Dancing to the Music
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Kids danced to the music, too. (Note the little girl with the pacifier stepping to the beat!)

Farah Kartibou

Farah Kartibou
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Farah Kartibou displayed her woven textiles. See more of her work at Mode Fusion.

Sandrine Ferracci

Sandrine Ferracci
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Sandrine Ferracci restores old chairs. Take a look at her portfolio to see what she can do!

Artisans du Monde

Artisans du Monde
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The Artisans du Monde were there with a display of equitable commerce products. The lady on the right was warning me not to take more than my share of free cookies. That’s the true spirit of equitable commerce!

We visited more stands and met more people. You can read about them on Monique’s Entrée to Black Paris blog. I also posted a picture of cabinetmaker Anne Perez on yesterday’s Paris Insights Facebook page.

Town Hall of Alfortville

Town Hall of Alfortville
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

A big thanks goes out to the town of Alfortville for hosting this fun event!

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