Paris Trip

I was back from Paris last evening. It was a wonderful trip for me even I just spent two and half days there.

I arrived in Paris by noon on Friday. Since I went alone, it was quite efficient to visit in the city.

I left my luggage in the hotel and started my shopping time near Centre Pompidu and Hotel de Ville. Near the Metro “Arts et Métier”(Line 3), there is a lovely market named “Le marché des Enfants-Rouges” which is one of my favorite markets in Paris.

I spent somet ime walking there and enjoyed the atmospheres of local life.

In the evening I took a walk around Eiffel Tower and came back to the hotel at 22h30.

The next day, Saturday, it was raining and very cold in Paris. Fortunately I joined two workshops in “île de la Jatte”. All participates concentrated on the workshops, discussed and shared with each other.

It was stunning and fun to know several French ladies who are soooo talented and fabricate the dollhouses. They are the specialists in different specific domains. To my surprise, these ladies were so kind and open to me even I don’t speak well French. We spent a great time together all day long. We exchanged the emails and contact info before leaving.

Sunday morning I went for SIMP. My hotel is just 3 minutes far from there by walking.
This was the first time I attended miniature fair and I did not have good sense of direction even I held the SIMP booklet in my hand. I crossed Emma (Paris Miniatures) and Rosanna (La Stanza di Giuggiola) and did not notice that till I saw Stéphanie (PetitPlat). I went back to Emma and chatted for a while beside her stand. ^_^

After I chatted and said goodbye to Stéphanie, I noticed “Minicaretti” on the right side banner…I felt familiar with it. Yep, it’s Marcella! We knew each other and shared some techniques in CDHM Forum two or three moinths ago. She was so warm and enthusiastic in greetings. Since my friends Luce “MyFrenchCuisine” and Fleur (a nice friend from the workshop) both were with me, we chatted all together.

The most interesting part was I met Léa, the author of “Grand livre de la maison miniature”. In the beginning I did not notice it was her stand, after her assistant packed my stuffs and I turned to leave, I saw her just beside me. I said “Oh c’est Léa” and asked her if she knew me when I kissed her cheeks. She said no. She did not remembered my name but she remembered I was the girl who made mini food and went to her shop near Montmartre during Christmas in 2008. She was really a star in my mind! She told me she made a new version of web at http://www.atelier-de-lea.com/

I stayed in the salon from 10 to 16h00 and did not have enough time to visit all the stands and took pictures. Before leaving for the train station, I wanted to say hello to Christel (Little Treasure). Unluckily she was not there. There was a mister taking care of the stand but I still looked carefully all the mini creations that Christel made. Super excellent!

I was so pleased to see many excellent artisans and artists in the show. Their works were unexceptionable. Even my purse was seriously bleeding, I was happy with the trip.

Before starting this post, I tried to recall if Rosanna was the elegant lady who smiled at me when I passed the stand in the morning. Dear Rosanna, if it were you, and if you also rememebred an asian girl passing by, I would apology for my BIG mistake!!! :-)


Linda Carswell said...

Looks as though you had a wonderful time, I enjoyed all your photos....thank you!

rosanna said...

My dear I remember an Asian girl but it did not occurred to me that it might be you. May be we'll meet next year ^_^ Rosanna

hannajaleijona said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences at SIMP. The photos are wonderful and it sounds like you had a great time! The Paris photos are also breath-taking.


Ascension said...

Muchas gracias por esas preciosas fotos!!!
Seguro que lo pasaste muy bien!!!
besitos ascension

Catherine said...

GOOD HEAVENS!!! Is this my friend that I have been emailing with? How lovely to find your beautiful blog! Why have you never told me you had one? How silly I feel. I will have to make time to read ever word of it as soon as I can. ;-)
Catherine XXX

About Me said...

Hi Linda, I did have fun in Paris. I am always curious about this city that mixes different cultures and feelings. It is always like an adventure whenever I go.

Dear Rosanna, I believe it was you who gave me such a tender smile. Yeah, I also hope to see you next time!

Dear Hanna and Ascension,
The photos of Paris are breath-breaking but make my hear beating.

Hello Catherine,

I don’t reply you yet then you find me. XD
Yeah it’s me a little bird who wrote to you.
I will upload more pictures on Flickrs. Kiss~


Patty said...

Oiseau, It sounds and looks like you really had a wonderful trip to Paris. What a perfect show to be your introduction to a Miniature Faire. The artist's there must have been outstanding.....we know few of them and know for a fact, don't we?!!!! Thank you for the pictures. It is great to see what we missed!!

kimsminiatures said...

Oh It sounds like you had such a lovely time. So jealous of you all. How wonderful to get to see everyones work and to meet them in person and in such a beautiful place. Thanks so much for sharing your visit. Hugs~ Kim

Unknown said...

ohhh~~ everything looks so lovely! i shall await pictures of your haul that caused the bleeding purse XD

Catherine said...

Yes, me too i want to see all the goodies you bought in Paris at SIMP.
I forgot to say... Thank you for sharing your photos. I loved seeing them.

Stephanie Kilgast said...

It was such a thrill to meet you there!
And I just realize that your friend was "MyFrenchCuisine" I Know her work! To bad I didn't get it, otherwise I would have compliment her on place!

Maybe next year you'll be exposing at the SIMP, so we get to see each other again :)


The Dangerous Mezzo said...

Thank you very much for sharing your lovely photos of Paris and of SIMP! I'm glad you had a good trip, and met many friends :)

Christel said...

Ohh Oiseau I am so very sorry I missed you:(..I didn't know you were going to be there. My husband was the mister by the way;) I am sure I was just buying some coffee. It took some time as the line was long. Hope I see you some other time though:)

JDayMinis said...

Your photos are wonderful, thank you so much for sharing those and I adored hearing about your trip to Paris, what a wonderful time you had! Jean♥

About Me said...

Dear Cindy and Catherine,

I will show some of my treasures soon but some are very similar to Stephanie’s.
Please leave me some time. XD

Coucou Stephanie,
I want to go to SIMP again but I think it difficult for me to prepare so many creations. I cannot imagine how much efforts and energy you have involved it!!! C’est fatigant, non? :P

Hi Nina and Jean,
It’s always fun to go to Paris, especially I met some excellent artists and artisans this time. Their works impressed me!

Hello Christel,

What a pity we missed each other. I also expect to see you next year. :)


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