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Since I was about knee-high, I have always had a passion for fashion. It was only in my teens that I really found my true identity and loved to dress in anything that was considered "fashionable" at the time. Fashion fads:- Soul Girl; Trendabilly; Psychobilly; Rockabilly; 1950s style; 1940s style.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

The 12.35 train from Paddington

Hi everyone

Well, I haven't been blogging just lately but it doesn't mean that i haven't been doing anything in my life, it just means I spend most of my time doing stuff.

Last month Stephen and I took a short break to Paris on the Eurostar from Paddington, I must admit it was quite exciting and just as much fun as flying but a lot less stressful and comfortable.

We stayed close to the Financial District behind Printemps the Department Store. Our hotel was Hotel Opera D'Antin which was part of the Best Western chain but it was a small independently owned boutique hotel with a definite art deco feel, in so far as our toilet had an art deco cabinet in the room, a little odd but quirky I suppose.

Now considering I haven't been to Paris for about 25 years it was like being there for the first time. As it was July it was full of tourists, just like us, so we tried to do as little touristy things as possible just to keep away from the masses, which is a little bit difficult if you want to see the Eiffel Tower and visit The Louvre. We found a great place to eat Macaroons without having to queue up for them and it was so relaxing, we recommend you visit.

If any of you are thinking of visiting soon, do make sure you check out a great Vintage Fair that we came across just by accident surfing the net before we left the UK. We met some really nice people there and I think most of them go to Rhythm Riot every November, including Batman, the DJ. It was so nice to go to a French Fair just to see how they do it in France, very similar to us over here actually but more laid-back.

We met a lovely lady and visited her shop Retro Chic. It was such a lovely sunny day when we went to visit her so we sat outside the Cafe next door.

Now my only shopping extravagance was a pair of navy/white shoes which look a little like golfing shoes, they we made in Italy but a French design. I might post a picture of them in another blog post soon, with me wearing them.

We also were very impressed by some buskers playing gypsy jazz in Montmartre , this simply made our trip more enjoyable.

I took enough change of clothing with me as I wanted to look Tres Chic whilst I was there but was most surprised at the glances we were receiving because we were dressed in Vintage/Retro clothing as I don't think it's quite caught on yet in Paris, very surprising considering back in the 1950s Paris was THE fashion centre of the World.

Well Paris is just a distant memory now but one day we may return.....never say never!

Au Revoir mon amee!


  1. Oh I love Paris hope you visited the flee market, looks as if you had a wonderful time.

  2. Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the Flee markets as there was such a lot of other things we wanted to do besides shopping.

    Maybe next time we visit Paris.....