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Friday, April 29, 2011

Bon Voyage

By the time you read this I will probably be somewhere over the Atlantic on a plane bound for France. I have a few jitters. I always do when it comes to flying, being separated from dear Mr. Décor and of course my kiddos. I would so appreciate a wee prayer or two for travel mercies.  If any blogging is done it will be on our French blog~ Metis Linens. Truthfully I don’t know if there will be time, as our itinerary leaves me exhausted just reading it.

There may or may not be some dancing.

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“Can Can Dancers” by Jean-Louis Forain

We will of course be visiting several different flea and farmers markets in Paris, as well as several Brocantes and Marché aux Puces in the region of Burgundy. Much is always made of Paris and Provence so it is with great glee we will share our love for other areas. That’s right~ the hidden gems.

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“Marché aux Puces, Porte de Clignancourt” by Luigi Loir

This is a business trip to replenish our merchandise for the new Metis Linens website which we’ll soon launch, as well as meeting friends and associates to confirm the destinations for Metis Linen Tours~ the first of which is scheduled for Spring 2012~ Who wants to go?

“Young Woman in Boat” James Tissot

In addition to our flea market tours we will have culinary themed tours, which will include cooking classes, visits to vineyards for wine and champagne tasting, shops and dealers that specialize in culinary tools, (Hello copper pots!) Did I mention taking time to savor all of the gastric goodness and pleasures that await? Because of course in France you cannot merely eat.

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“The End of Lunch” by Pierre~ Auguste Renoir

Are you wondering just what are our qualifications in that we think we can do this? In terms of the flea market tours both Andrea and I have shopped the French fleas for many years. I did so while living on the Alsace~Lorraine border of Germany and France, and Andrea lived in Paris for a few years. She now has a beautiful home in the Burgundy region.

“The House of Pere Lacroix in Auvers” by Paul Cézanne

Ok so anyone could lead a tour based on that. Indeed many do. But tourists are becoming smarter and are looking for guides with a certain je ne sais quoi. This is where I become embarrassed as it feels a bit like bragging. So I will start with Andrea. (hee hee) If you read her blog then you know she has amazing culinary skills. But you may not know that she completed a three year course in art history at the Ecole du Louvre. That’s right. Her classrooms were located in the basement of the world famous Louvre museum. Can you imagine having someone with such a lovely trained eye as your guide?

“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci

I offer as my services a degree in interior design with concentrated studies in European antiques and architecture with an emphasis on French furniture from the 17th and 18th century. (It’s all in the legs.)

No, not these legs.

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Furniture legs.

I also worked in the USO European tours department while living in Germany. A good time for me is spending days researching old buildings, historical sites and of course décor. I receive great joy from sharing my passions of all things antique. Actually, Andrea and I both love sharing our interests with others. Have I also mentioned we’re both really fun? Our aim for the tours is that you arrive as guests and leave as friends.

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We will return on May 11th. No doubt eager to sift through what will probably be thousands of photos and recuperating from a delirious flea market hangover.

worn out

But for now, there is dancing, the Eiffel tower and fresh French bread.

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Au revoir pour l'instant mes amis! (Goodbye for now my friends.)

Laura

10 comments :

laxsupermom said...

So jealous! Can't wait for your Paris posts. Wasn't Kate's dress just gorgeous! Loved the shorter train.(OK 6' isn't short, but it could've been so much longer) Prayers for a safe trip.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Have safe travels!! And didn't KATE look AMAZING!! *swoon* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Screaming Meme said...

You have a SAFE and fun trip...I will check in and see how you are doing...Bring me back something...lol jk...

Xo, Meme

Jo said...

~WAIT!~WAIT!...you forgot something...ME!

I'm so jealous!...I want to GO!
Have lots of fun!
Be safe,and can't wait to see the photo's.
~Jo
LazyonLoblolly

Karena said...

Laura have a fabulous fun time with Andrea! I am so excited to see what you bring back ...and photos of course!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Last few days to Come and enter my very Fashionable Giveaway from the French Basketeer!

Little Leslie said...

Have a great time. and , how was your royal wedding party?

Teresa said...

Holding you in my prayers that you mett fantastic people and make safe trips.
And you're right, one gets tired only by reading your Tour programme.
Take Care and "see" you soon.
Teresa

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yes, I am interested in a flea market tour, when you get back, I would love to get all of the info! Have fun!

Carol

Shirley said...

Prayers for a safe flight..I could not bring myself to buckle in a tin can ever again...I have flight fright big time..Hurry back...

Fifi Flowers said...

ENJOY every minute!!!