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Louis Vuitton at the Grand Palais

Bonjour, y’all! I am still here in my favorite city, loving every French minute of it. When I went to dinner at the Mini-Palais the other night I noticed this Louis Vuitton exhibition advertised at the Grand Palais.

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I was intrigued, bien sûr! I went back early the next morning and was happy to walk right in- no line! (Did I mention that January in Paris is awesome?)  The title of the exhibit translates as ” Fly, Sail, Travel”, and the nine-room show did an artful job of tracing the evolution of Louis Vuitton luggage to match the evolution of travel modes, from steamers to trains to automobiles to commercial airlines. Ready to travel?

The first few rooms revealed a fascinating array of travel trunks dating from 1906. I was captivated, as evidenced by my numerous photos!

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For when  you refuse to use an e-reader

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This trunk held thirty pairs of shoes!

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Steamer vessels began linking Europe with the Americas as early as the 1830’s, and by the early 1900’s luxury sea travel was the rage among those who could afford it.

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In addition to trunks, they also packed the new “steamer bag”, which offered a wide square opening  and could be folded and stored in a trunk compartment when empty.

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Rail travel took off in the 1840’s, transforming remote, quiet European fishing ports into resorts that could be reached quite easily. Trunks were designed to be shallower, allowing them to slide under train sleeper seats.

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This room was beautifully done- the background even rushed by through the windows!.

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The arrival of the automobile in the late 1800’s drove further design changes in luggage. Car trunks were strapped to the backs of cars. Picnic carriers and coolers became popular for roadside dining.

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for the post-picnic nap, of course!

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to keep the bugs out of your eyes!IMG_5869I wonder if those bags were handled with more care than ours are today!

Travelers took to the skies in the early twentieth century, and luggage became lighter-weight and more functional. Clearly, the lovely woman in this photo didn’t have a “two checked bag” limitation. I bet she would have appreciated some wheels on those trunks, though.

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You don’t have to be an LV fan to appreciate this beautiful exhibit, which runs until February 21.

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Bon voyage!

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Looking In And Out Of Windows

I have been on the couch all week with a bug, which has left me plenty of time to look out my window and contemplate life. And cough.

Sunday night my window offered this view

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Just a few short minutes ago, my window looked like this.

 

It rarely snows in Paris, and this snow didn’t stick, but was fun to watch fall.

The Louis Vuitton windows on Ave. Montaigne look like this

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Ever sweet Bonpoint offered this glimpse of springtime and butterflies.

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I’m not so sure about these Chanel windows. Do we really want to go back to the days of leg warmers?

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And in closing, these flowers in the window of a fancy florist would brighten any sick room.

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Enjoy the view from your windows today, mes amis.

 

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Louis Vuitton and Liz Lemon in Paris

Bonjour encore from Paris. Today (Monday) in Paris felt almost normal. The only thing I noticed out of the ordinary was an increased presence of security. Police vans were rolling or parked in Saint Germain. Armed police stood outside of the doors of various buildings that appeared to be normal apartment buildings. Also, when we entered the Bon Marche and Hermes, our bags were inspected at the entrance. The bag inspection was most unusual and I have to say, I hope it doesn’t last long. I don’t mind it when I go to the Musee d’Orsay, but please, let me fawn over fine leather goods without having to show you the inside of my own messy, receipt-strewn purse. Fortunately, I had removed the 38 breath mints that had spilled out into the bottom of my bag. (Yay)

Last night I got antsy after watching the Solidarity March for several hours, so I went for a brisk walk up and down the Champs-Elysees. It felt so good being out in the cold night air, with the last of the holiday lights still shining on the buildings.

The Four Seasons "George V" looked pretty fine. As usual.

The Four Seasons “George V” looked pretty fine. As usual.

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But we all know that the best window porn is to be found at Louis Vuitton. You’re welcome.

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I love how the ribbon actually goes outside the window.

 

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I would hang upside down for one of those bags ,too.

 

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“come to mama….”

 

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I really love these windows. I think the ribbon is fantastic (unlike Mark, who thought it looked like bacon). The shiny balloons appear to be suspended in air. And the clear presents are perfect. No need to wrap such gorgeous bags. Which one would you like? I know the totes are more practical, but I quite fancy the bags with the diamond shapes on them. Not that anyone is asking, mind you.

I have yet to consult social media for a recap of last night’s awards. I hate those shows but LOVE Tina and Amy, and was sorry to miss them. What was the best line? Those two gals are just the best. I wonder if they carry Louis Vuitton? Or maybe I should ask whether Oprah carries LV, because we all know that Liz Lemon said, “I pretty much just do what Oprah tells me to do.”

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Sending you all high-fives and LV love from Paris.

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Paris For A Week

This will be my quickest trip to Paris ever- arrive on a Sunday and leave on the next Saturday.  But when my daughter said she would like to spend her final week of vacation in Paris with us, I jumped at the chance.  Six days is better than none, oui?

After showering off the Air France residue on Sunday morning, she and I went to the art market near the Tour Montparnasse.  I discovered this weekly artists market when I was here in the fall, and now I hate to miss a Sunday there.  Although some of the artists had apparently not returned from their holiday, there was plenty of art to admire.  Martha bought this pretty little watercolor print of St. Germain.

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For moi, two little ink sketches.

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Le Marche Parisien de la Creation is located on Boulevard Edgar Quinet from rue Huygens to rue du Depart.  The best metros are Edgar Quinet or Montparnasse-Bienvenue.

Later, we forced ourselves to waken from our jet-lagged laden naps with a walk down Avenue Montaigne.  I was happy to see that she was still dressed in her holiday finery, and that the store windows were  gleaming in the perfect evening light.

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Louis Vuitton looked like a modern a modern art exhibit.

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Dior had a spacey, futuristic vibe.

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The Champs Elysees is still glittering, as well.  Here is one of four sections of a traffic circle, all of which were glowing blue and white.

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It feels really nice to be back in Paris, even if only for a few days.  And it feels particularly nice knowing that we are missing the freezing temperatures that have gripped Texas this week!  Stay warm, mes amis!

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Paris Windows

Anyone who has lurked around this blog for any length of time knows that I love the windows of Louis Vuitton.  And really, who doesn’t?  One of my favorites was the “circus” series, which I shared here. They were over the top and just, well, fantastic.  On the other end of the glitz spectrum were the “apartment”  windows, which were up early in the fall.  I totally loved them. Despite being  simple and plain, they really captured my imagination.  Whose apartment? What would she do there?  Can I go in, too?

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IMG_3525At the same time and right next door, Dior was sporting some pretty fab windows of its own.

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Time to go get dressed for the day.  Will it be my LV or my Dior on this rainy Monday morning?  If you said it would be my old and faded work-out clothes from Academy, you are correct!

Happy Monday, mes amis, and whatever you are doing today, I know you will look fabulous!

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Louis Vuitton, Flowers, and Lunch = A Full Day

Thursday was a quiet day.  I did a little window shopping and had a delicious and leisurely lunch with a friend.  First, the window shopping.

Although I am not a fan of the brown monogrammed LV bags, I do love these, and they come in a luscious array of colors.

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Here is what the full window looked like.

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This flower shop on Rue Cler was also resplendent with color.

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I had never before noticed the little street where we ate lunch, even though it is right next to La Fontaine de Mars, a restaurant we have gone many times.

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Right through that arch was a tiny Basque restaurant called Pottoka. We enjoyed a very tasty three-course lunch , over which we lingered so long we were the last to leave.  And even so, they didn’t bring our check until we asked for it.  This place is so civilized.  Have I mentioned that I love it here?

Although this looks likes dessert, it actually was my starter, gambas tartare, with some kind of really cold but not overly sweet dollop on top.

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My main dish was scallops, looking ever so elegant in their shells.

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Finally, dessert was a Basque cake with scrumptious vanilla ice cream.

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No, I don’t eat like this every day.  Thank goodness.  But I did yesterday, and then I went home and had tea with a neighbor and then made Barefoot Contessa’s White Pizza With Arugula for dinner.  I wasn’t really in the mood to go out…..

So just in case some of you are judging me for my lazy day on Thursday, let me just throw it out here now that today, Friday, I never got dressed until it was time to get ready to go to dinner.  I blogged, I read, I cleaned, I packed, I ironed, I ate some chocolate, and yes, I watched 4 episodes of Girls and 1 of Mad Men on Apple TV.  Sometimes you need to have days when you just stay home in your jammies and do what makes you happy, even if you do happen to be in the most beautiful city in the world.  Please don’t judge me.

We are walking around the block to what looks to be a very nice restaurant for dinner, so perhaps I will redeem myself with some photos from that.  Because you probably haven’t heard enough about food since I have been here, have you?

Thanks for sticking with me, even when I am  slothful and gluttonous and don’t get dressed.  It means a lot.

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And Now- Printemps!

While Galeries Lafayette chose Louis Vuitton to design its dazzling Christmas windows this year, rival neighbor Printemps wore Christian Dior this season.  And she looked absolutely stunning.

Here she is from afar.

The theme was Noel, Inspirations Parisiennes, and the windows featured gorgeous drawings of Paris landmarks.

The marionettes were beautiful in their Dior outfits and their precious little Dior bags.

Aren’t those gorgeous?  I have to give this year’s contest to Printemps, even though they didn’t have an amazing tree that changed colors.

I found several blogs with fabulous photos and good information about Printemps and the decorations.   If  you would like to see and read more, go here and here.

Thanks for peeking in my little window on Paris, mes amis!

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