Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A day trip to Paris

A couple of days ago I went to Paris, but nearly had to cancel the trip, as we've had unbelievable snow storms the night before, and the roads to the train station were treacherous.

The first pic shows the view out of the high speed train. It's not a black&white photo, this is just how bleak it was. Paris however, had blue skies and sunshine, below a photo of the Tuileries gardens with the Louvre in the background. Normally our climates are reversed, and I was glad that this day was an exception.

The tents of the fashion week in the Jardins de Tuileries, alongside the Rue Rivoli.

It's just a 10min walk from the tents to Hermès' FSH, and as always I was looking forward to seeing which Carrés the horseman on the rooftop would be heralding. This time it was Cliquetis, a SS2010 reissue of the 1972 design by Julia Abadie. Half the store was closed off for refurbishment..

and only a few windows were dressed. Here a Birkin, Plume, Bolide, Medor clutch and several Kellys, all in crocodile skins in beautiful shades of pink, red, green and orange, repeating the jewel tones of the magnificent mosaïque that made the centerpiece of the display.

The rest of the windows were boarded up with panels of drawings by Philippe Dumas, depicting the founding member and directors of the Hermès/Dumas family, and views from the inside of the store. I love Philippe Dumas' illustrations, and it was a real treat to see his work blown up to life size, wrapping the storefront of FSH.

Ended the day by having drinks with friends at the Hotel Costes, located on the Rue St. Honoré, just off the Place Vendôme. It was a wonderful end to a fun and fabulous day.

One last glance at the Place de Vendôme, before heading back to the train station.

23 comments:

  1. MaiTai, what a lucky girl you are. Living in the beautiful Provence (ok, minus the snow :-) ) and being able to travel to Paris in just 2 hours. What a bliss!

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  2. Aww, very lucky indeed Butterfly! The train trip is a little under three hours though, but yes, it is bliss :-)

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  3. In fact I just corrected the post, the departure time was of course an hour earlier! Thanks for your maths, Butterfly ;-)

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  4. Thanks for such gorgeous pictures, looks like you had a great day.

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  5. Thank you Little S, happy you enjoyed the pics, and yes, it was such fun :-)

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  6. Thank you for this, what a breath of fresh air. I can't believe I won't be in Paris before July! I love le Costes courtyard, but the George V is not bad either for a drink -- and it allows for a peak at the H store on Avenue G V as well.

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  7. ABGinDC, exactly what it felt like, a breath of fresh air! How nice that you will be going in July, and it's only four short months away. Great tip re the G V, location AND drink wise! ;-)

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  8. Maitai, I LOVE these photos, everything is so pretty. Thanks for sharing. It makes me want to be in Paris right now.

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  9. Thank you for the photos, MT, glad you had a good time. Did you buy anything?? Joanne

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  10. Thank you for the photos. I especially loved the colours in the H window. Did anything catch your eye?


    Maisie xx

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  11. Packing my bags right now - meet you there tomorrow! ;-) Happy for you, that you had such a nice "day away" - how lucky you are to have this wonderful city so close. hugs and thank you for the lovely pics, HM.

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  12. Faux Fuchsia, Joanne and Maisie, happy you liked my travel pics, many thanks for your sweet comments! xx

    Faux Fuchsia, beam yourself right over :-) Spring is coming, and such a lovely time to visit.

    Joanne, I got something small, as a momento. Will post a pic tomorrow <3

    Maisie, ITA the jewel colors are TDF, especially in croc. I was hoping to get inspired by the bag department, but it was almost empty, as a combined result of fashion week and refurbishment I guess x

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  13. hair-mess, righto, I'm off packing too!! It would be such fun to meet there one day, and I am sure we will!! Thank you for your sweet comment, hugs x

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  14. Oh wow, thank you for sharing your lovely pics, really puts a smile on my face :) I'm counting down already LOL xx (ok, I'm off to send you a mail instead LOL)

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  15. Hi Maitai, thank you so much for sharing pics again, the pic from the train and pics at paris are such big contrast:)and I love them
    Hopefully I can make it to Paris this autumn, if not I will have to always drool at your beautiful pics;p

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  16. DD, counting down with you, glad the pics made you smile! Your comment made me smile too, thank you my dear x

    Dear Samantha, I had fun putting the Provence and Paris pics side-by-side, and I was so relieved it was not the other way round, lol! Good luck with your autumn trip, I hope you will be able to make it :-)

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  17. The weather is unbelievable,...my first thought was that really it was a b/w pic! What a reward to get spring in Paris and fashion week at the same time.
    Thank you for the lovely pictures and a day out with you. I am curious what else you did spot down there. Certainly a lot of inspiration even though FSH had just half of their shop open?

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  18. aww, and I lurve the jewel tones, too!

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  19. Great travel photos, MT! I never tire of your photos of Paris.

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  20. OH MaiTai...you have painted such a wonderful and tempting picture of Paris in the Spring !!! Now that (hopefully) Winter is behind us I feel ready for a bit of travel fun !! Roll on those long balmy scent filled evenings of Summer too !!! Mou Mou x

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  21. Dear angolfa, lol re the 'b&w' pic, I had to check myself to be sure I did not use the wrong camera settings, lol!

    Re FSH, they had the new China pattern (Jouy) on display, which was not quite as I imagined, and wallets of all styles in lovely spring colors. Have not found the perfect one yet, and while I liked the Constance, I find it unpratical, as the notes need to be folded to fit in. Most of the bags on display were in Bouganvillia, and very pretty, but I could not imagine myself reaching for it often. The scarf counter was well stocked, and it was fun to try out CWs I have not seen previously IRL. Really liked the SS2010 Silky City bags, they come in so many lovely patterns and colours! Will scan a few pages of the new 'Le Monde' later, which features some of the above items. x

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  22. Many thanks, dear lulilu! Hope to go one day soon again, and will take more photos for sure :-) x

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  23. Dear mou mou, have fun on your spring travels! Looking also very much forward to those long, balmy summer nights, only a few more months to go! x

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