We were looking forward to living in the country,
near lakes, rivers, the ocean, forests & not too far from
medieval towns, ancient castles & pre-historic sites.
There was something else that I was looking forward to in particular ~
living only a few hours away from Paris!
Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the city. I even took an entire course on the “History of Paris” while in university. During my years in the fashion industry (loooong before the internet), I took business trips there to visit trend forecast shows & explore the newest styles.
I still go there in search of fresh & unusual ideas. But now, I’m more interested in handwork, toys, fibres, & colours .
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to pop into Paris to do a little bit of scouting around (& of course, shopping… watch for a future post, when I’ll lay it all out for you to see!)
Travelling by train in France is quite an experience, so civilized, quiet & quick. When I arrive (it only takes 3 hours!), I am ready to get going…
After a stop at my favourite café, I get “serious” & start checking out my must-see shops.
I like them because they are colourful, carry unique products & I always leave with a few special things & a million inspiring ideas!
Being in Paris during a non-tourist season (if there is actually such a thing) is a real treat.
No crowds, the weather is pretty nice & the staff in the shops are really quite laid-back, which means they’re willing to chat & let you browse around.
A few Parisian shop windows – lots of fun!
Home again & I’m right back into the swing of things. Teaching my children their lessons, knitting, cooking, laundry, writing & watching old episodes of Larkrise to Candleford on Youtube (“It’s my one weakness….”).
I’m also, designing new projects using the colours & ideas that are swirling around in my head while they’re still bright in my mind, sketching patterns based on pictures I took in Notre Dame & getting ready to re-launch my 6-week Handwork master course, The Making Lessons on March 1st (for more details EMAIL me – it sold out last time).
(P.S. I also had a chance to visit the most exciting fibrearts show called “L’aiguille en Fete” for the 3rd year running. In my opinion, it’s the best handwork show that I’ve ever been to (& I’ve been to them all!) Watch for a post about it soon. In the meantime you might enjoy reading about my trip there last year – HERE & HERE.