Time Travel in France ~ Part 2

For the second installation of my time traveling post, we venture slightly forward in time. Many of the villages or chateaus were founded or built in the Middle Ages, but went through a reconstruction and revival in the 17th and 18th centuries, so the medieval architecture is all gone.

Château les Milandes, was built in 1489 and had many notable owners throughout it’s history, but probably the most famous  (at least to me) was Josephine Baker. She lived in this chateau from 1940 to 1968. It was left in ruin for many years, but fortunately the current owners have spent much time and money restoring it and creating a lovely museum dedicated to Josephine and her career as an entertainer. They even bring to light the little known fact that Josephine worked as a spy for the French government during WWII. Unfortunately, photos inside the chateau were not allowed.

The Château de Hautefort dates from the middle ages, but was completely transformed in the 17th century, as it was gradually stripped of its defensive functions to become a “modern-style” château. Unfortunately It suffered a devastating fire in 1968, but was beautifully reconstructed and restored to is 17th century splendor. The castle is where the movie “Ever After” was filmed and it and the gardens are absolutely gorgeous.

Very near the Château les Milandes is a fascinating little “museum” called La ru du temps qui passe (The street of times past)We were warmly greeting by the owner (Michel Boom) and his daughter (Christelle) and I think they loved our outfits as much as we loved their little museum of the past.

Michel has created a little indoor village of sorts with streets and storefronts of merchants of the past. He has fashioned little vignettes of life in the past with so much detail and care. According to the website the time frame ranges from 1860 – 1940. We didn’t get a lot of photos as we were so enthralled with strolling the streets, but do check out their website, there are lots of photos and a little video.

They were kind enough to allow us to go “behind the scenes” to take more photos. So Here are Laurence and I “shopping” for groceries. 

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Time Traveling in France ~ Part 1

I was going to make this one really long post, but instead I’ll break it up into two moderately long posts, there are just too many great photos.

We traveled to the Dordogne region in southwest France this past week, a trip we’ve been wanting to take for a very long time. We were fortunate enough to stay with our friends, in the charming village of Montignac at his parent’s house. They also acted as our guide through this beautiful part of the country.

We visited many chateaus and villages with features from many different time periods. I truly felt that we were traveling back and forth in time. We visited the prehistoric caves of Lascaux, where we saw (a recreation) of the stunning cave drawings that were recovered in 1940.

We explored the medieval villages of Sarlat, Collonges-des-Rouge, and Rocamadour – built into the side of the mountain. We ventured up to the village of Domme, 250 meters above sea level, overlooking the stunning Dordogne valley, where the Knights Templar were imprisoned during their trial against them. We also visited La Roque-Gageac, a village built along the Dordogne river and situated up against the mountain side. There is a beautiful tropical walkway up the hill and along the mountainside to get into the village.

In Sarlat we attended a vintage car show with cars ranging from the very early 20th century to the 1970s. All of this of course wearing my own vintage style clothing with our two vintage friends, Laurence & Sylvain who write the amazing blog “Lost in the 50s”.

 

 

So Blue at the Château de Fontainebleau

Dress ~ Miss Candyfloss
Hair Flowers ~ Shazam Hair Flowers
Brooch ~ Vintage
Shoes ~ Soft Spots

For our second stop on our “Weekend of Châteaus” we traveled about an hour south of Paris to the Château de Fontainebleau. I have been wanting to see this Palace since our first trip to France, and honestly I have no idea why we haven’t made it there before this. I suppose with so many wonderful things to see in France it’s hard to choose what to see.

Unfortunately several of the rooms were closed and they were doing a lot of reconstruction during our visit, which means there were so many more people going through the same rooms as us. We were not able to get as many photos and see as many things as we wanted, so I guess we’ll just have to go back at another time. I suppose that I can make that sacrifice for you 🙂

I recently received this dress to review from Miss Candyfloss, it’s part of their new Housewife Collection, and I am in love with it.

I’m a sucker for a shirtwaist dress, and this one has such a darling silhouette and details that I couldn’t pass it up. The fit is perfect and it’s a good weight, not to light not to heavy. I really like the little buttons on the sleeves and the slight peter pan collar give is that feminine touch.

I really love the combination of blue and yellow and I had planned to find some yellow shoes to go with this outfit, but alas I didn’t find what I was looking for before our trip. So the yellow flowers will have to be enough. The dress does come with a matching belt, but I liked the way a small white belt looks with it.

 

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Dress ~ The House of Foxy
Shoes ~ Rocket Originals

Living so close to France (about 45 minutes to the French border), we are fortunate enough to be able to travel to some of the most amazing places in France. For the 4th of July weekend, we decided to see two chateaus we’ve not yet been to and of course visit Disneyland Paris again.

There are a number of châteaus in the Île-de-France region, and we will certianly be visiting more in the future. But for this trip we decided on Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau (stay tuned for that post). See below for a short history of this château.

A little history about the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte…

It was constructed from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances for King Louis XIV. He was young, 26, and very ambitious, and the king was quite suspicious of this. At the inauguration of Vaux-le-Vicomte in 1661, a Molière play was performed, along with a dinner event to include the King himself, as well as an impressive firework show.

However the celebration had proven to been far too impressive and the superintendent’s home too luxurious. Fouquet’s intentions were to flatter the king: part of Vaux-le-Vicomte was actually constructed specifically for the king, but Fouquet’s plan backfired.

Shortly after the fête, Nicolas Fouquet was arrested by the famous d’Artgnan, lieutenant of the king’s musketeers, and placed in prison. This is due in part to the fact that Jean-Baptiste Colbert led the king to believe that his minister’s magnificence was funded by the misappropriation of public funds. Fouquet died in prison in 1680.

It is believed that the magnificence and splendor of decoration was a forerunner of the Palace of Versailles and where he brought together three artists that the King would later take up for Versailles: the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter Charles Le Brun and the garden designer André le Nôtre.

Another beautiful week in Paris

We were fortunate enough to have another long weekend in my favorite city, Paris. We took the fast train in on Thursday and stayed until Sunday. It’s not nearly enough time to spend in such a fantastic city, but it’s nice to be so close. We are going to make a point to visit every 3 months this year so we can experience all of the seasons. I’m also going to make more of an effort to photograph my outfits and excursions in Paris more.

The weather was lovely, a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings, but beautifully crisp and sunny during the day. So I’ll chronicle the four days of outfits here.

DAY ONE

After strolling around the 5th Arr. that afternoon, we attended a book signing/reading for Greg Proops’ book The Smartest Book in the World at Shakespeare & Company on Thursday night. We ended up hanging out and chatting with him afterwards for a little while, which was a real treat.

Our hotel is very near the Musee de Cluny and nearby is a quaint little park which makes for a delightful backdrop for photos.

Dress – eShakti
Purse ~ Mod Cloth
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY TWO

We spent our second day at Disneyland Paris, we renewed our Annual Pass so we’ll be able to enjoy more Disney outings though out the year. We decided not to bring the big camera to Disneyland this time, so not many photos were taken.

Cardigan ~ Emmy Designs
Blouse ~ Tatyana
Sweater Vest ~ Land’s End
Trousers ~ Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch ~ Kirbee Art

DAY THREE

Saturday was the sunniest and most beautiful day we were there. On our way to a museum, we strolled through the delightful Luxembourg Gardens and stopped at the Medici Fountain for a quick photo op.

Top ~ Slash Top from Vivien of Holloway
Skirt ~ Mod Cloth
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY FOUR

On our final day in Paris, we took a leisurely breakfast and walked down along the Seine to the Jardin des Plantes. I could spend days walking around this garden, which includes a Ménagerie, the Natural History Museum, beautiful greenhouses and so much more.

The trees and flowers were just starting to bloom in Paris and it wasn’t quite as glorious as it will be in a few months, but it’s still an amazing place to walk around and take in all the loveliness.

Dress ~ eShakti
Beret ~ Broosky
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Remix Vintage Shoes

Yuletide Season in Europe

I love this time of year! From the tastes and smells – cinnamon, orange, clove and nutmeg, to the sparkling lights and all around festive atmosphere, the Yuletide Season lends itself to wonderful events and special time with friends and family.

There are so many Yuletide events here in Germany and we have plans to visit several Weihnachtsmärkte in the next few weeks, but this weekend really kicked off our Yuletide festivities.

We met some friends in Metz, France (only about 90 minutes away) in the morning for the Metz Flea Market, then we all went to the Metz city center for their Marchés de Noël and a special exhibition of ice sculptures made into Disney characters. Spending time with friends, flea market shopping, holiday markets and Disney, honestly the day could not have been more perfect!

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Blue/Grey/White Plaid Flannel Dress with Sparkling Rhinestone Accents ~ eShakti
Mint Green Princess Coat with Faux Fur Collar & Cuffs ~ Collectif
Holiday Ornament Brooch ~ Vintage purchased from Rabbit Heart Designs on Etsy
Valetta Shoes ~ Hotter Shoes
Light Blue Snood ~ Etsy
Hair Flower ~ Made by me

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Spending time with Laurence & Sylvain from France is always wonderful. It’s great to be with another couple who enjoys vintage style as much as we do. They have an amazing blog called Lost in the 50’s ~ I hope you’ll check it out!

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A rare photo of The Gentleman and myself

A rare photo of The Gentleman and myself

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I would have bought the entire stall of macarons if no one was looking.

I would have bought the entire stall of macarons if no one was looking. Alas, I settled on one box.

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I was so excited when Laurence told me about this exhibit. Being a huge Disney fan, I was so pleased that we could experience this so close us. We’ll be going to Disneyland Paris for my 40th birthday in March and again for Dapper Day in April, so this really helped to ramp up my Disney excitement.

I was so impressed with the creativity of these ice sculptures. The placement of the lighting and how some parts are clear and others are frosted was amazing. It was 21° F (-6° C) in the venue, it was a good thing we were already bundled up. It felt like a tropical beach when we finally got out of there 🙂

Enjoy the tour!

The iconic Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse "Partners" statue

It started with the iconic Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse “Partners” statue

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King Triton

King Triton

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Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

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Caterpillar

Caterpillar

March Hare

March Hare

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

Alice & The Cheshire Cat

Alice & The Cheshire Cat

Captain Hook

Captain Hook

The Jolly Roger & Captain Hook

The Jolly Roger & Captain Hook

Baloo & Mowgli

Baloo & Mowgli

King Louie

King Louie

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Shere Khan

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The Lion King

The Lion King

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White, Evil Queen (as the Witch) and Dwarves

Snow White, Evil Queen (as the Witch) and Dwarves

Cinderella

Cinderella

Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach

Elsa & Anna

Elsa & Anna

Kristof, Sven & Olaf

Kristof, Sven, Olaf & Hans

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Rapunzel’s Tower

Merida

Merida

Davy Jones

Davy Jones

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Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow

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Wall-E & Eve

Woody

Woody

Seersucker dress in Metz

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Seersucker Dress ~ eShakti
Shoes ~ Cobb Hill
Parasol ~ Vintage, purchased on Facebook
Lips ~ Carmine from Besame Cosmetics

We now live about 45 minutes from the French border, so for The Gentleman’s birthday yesterday we decided to drive to Metz, France and spend the afternoon. It’s been really hot again here, so I figured what better time to wear my seersucker dress.

Metz was a wonderful surprise. I immediately felt like we were in France, with the beautiful architecture, stunning gardens and the little bistros, it’s almost like a little Paris so close to me. We walked around the Place St. Louis where there was a small carousel with some creative seats.

IMG_3199 IMG_3202We then walked around the pedestrian shopping district and headed to the Cathedrale Saint-Étienne de Metz, a stunning gothic cathedral built in the 16th century. We went to the indoor market and then had a simple lunch and walked around a bit more before we headed home. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time here, it really is a beautiful city and just made me so happy to be in France once again.

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