Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Back From Paris (Already)

I knew that our time in Paris would fly and it did! It was everything we thought it would be and more.Here are a few of pics and then on to fabric related musings.

In front of the gates to Versailles

The Louvre

In front of Chanel and yes I went in, and was very courteously treated.

One of the windows at Chanel.

Another one.

I examined every piece with hungry eyes. .The workmanship was so exquisite that I almost felt discouraged for my own poor garments.No photos allowed of course.

A very nice young sales person even unlocked the door that leads to Mademoiselle Chanel`s workshops and apartment to show me the famous staircase where Coco used to sit and watch the "defile" of her creations. I was very impressed with the treatment I received there in comparison to the Ritz.

My husband in front of the Ritz before we went in and were promptly escorted out!!! (Ce n'est pas permis)

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On our last day,we went to Monmartre where there are streets of nothing but fabric stores! I was so excited I couldn't concentrate on what I wanted to buy. I also forgot to take pictures but everywhere you saw signs that said coupons. Coupons had a different meaning here . It meant cuts of fabrics left over from designer workshops.This nice gentleman kindly explained this to me and suggested a piece of cashmere coating (3 metres for 30 euros) and I also found this gorgeous coupon of rich red wool double knit, again 3 metres for 30 Euros at his shop.That's all I bought as there simply wasn't anymore room in my luggage for more and my poor Dh was the one who had to lug these pieces around.

A few pics of fabric stores.This one was called Reine and the fabrics were yummy.

The week went all too fast but we were both glad to come home as we were exhausted and we decided we should have taken our dream trip to Paris when we were younger.

I'll leave you with a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower at night taken from our boat ride on the Seine.


Ann's Fashion Studio said...

WOW Diana, Welcome back! Looks like you had a wonderful time. What a great experience to be in the Chanel store :)))) I"m anxious to see what you will make with your lovely fabrics.

Jane M said...

Welcome home. Thanks for sharing your wonderfully enjoyable pictures. I've been to Paris, almost 40 years ago and then 13 years ago, but I was never sewing during those years. Now you've inspired me to go again, visit Chanel and buy some fabric. Your jackets looked chic and practical, a great combo for traveling.

Lori said...

Welcome home, sounds like a fabulous week. The picture of the Chanel coat, incredible.

Vicki said...

Holidays go far too fast! Looks like you had a wonderful time. And never to old to travel.

Rose said...

I enjoy reading travelogues from Sewists. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Paris, but I admit the images of the fabric shops made me smile. Thank you for sharing!

Rose in SV

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time!

Gail said...

What a lovely trip you had. I love Paris, but wasn't sewing when I visited. Did you make the navy blue jacket worn with the white trousers?

gwensews said...

That is the trip of a lifetime! I'm sure it would totally exhaust me, but I'd love to give it a try, anyway!

Linda T said...

I'm jealous! lol

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

So glad that you had a great time in Paris! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!