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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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