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Il était une fois, Gabrielle Chanel… Once upon a time, Gabrielle Chanel…

Il était une fois, Gabrielle Chanel… Once upon a time, Gabrielle Chanel…

This post was originally published in 2013. It has been updated.  
Chanel… A name. A brand. An iconic logo. 
 
Chanel… The little black dress. The tweed jacket. The fragrance. 
 
In her private suite at the Ritz Hotel, Paris
Arriving at “the office,” 31 rue Cambon, Paris.
Chanel… Behind the legend, a woman. Gabrielle ChanelCocoMademoiselle
   
 
Ambitious, opportunistic, strong-headed and outspoken. Mysterious, complex, rebellious, fiercely independent.
  
  
Chanel… Loved life; loved men; loved her work. In everything she did, sought perfection.
  
With her great love, Boy Capel

Chanel… To me, to many, an inspiration… 
 
Mon petit, ne sortez jamais de chez vous, même pour cinq minutes, 
sans que votre mise soit parfaite, bas tirés et tout. 
C’est peut-être le jour où vous allez rencontrer l’homme de votre vie.”
 
“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little –
if only out of politeness.
And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. 
And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
  
  
How I love the carefully crafted quotes she left behind, creating her own legend, one line at a time…
 
Quotes about fashion and style…
 
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably, 
and they remember the woman.” 
 
“Fashion changes, but style endures.” 
 
“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” 
  
 
Inspirational quotes for women…

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” 

“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” 

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” 

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, 
and irresistible for the rest of your life.” 
 
And always, the inner-strength, the self-awareness, the incredible faith in her own destiny…
 
“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” 
 
 “I imposed black; it still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around” 
“Arrogance is in everything I do. 
It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, 
in my sinewy, tormented face.” 
  
 
Chanel, you amazing creature, you notorious pain-in-the-derrière… You paved the way for other unique, independent and successful women…
 
First there was Gabrielle Chanel… Then came… 
Marlene…
Katharine…
Diane
(Annie Leibovitz) 
 
Forty years after your death, they are still talking about you… 

A young Chanel and her aunt in front of her first boutique,
Deauville, France (1913)
How they respect your name, your brand, the world over!
 
Karl Lagerfeld, your successor, another creative genius and talented marketer, has just offered us a special gift, a few months before Christmas. Several short movies remind us what an incredible life you had, “once upon a time,” against all odds. Like you, like your creations, these little gems are stylish, smart, and captivating. 

 Chapter 7, Mademoiselle Chanel, my favorite, details Chanel’s great comeback at age 70, and her final years. Beautiful and moving.
Because for Gabrielle Chanel, only the best would do. Mademoiselle may be long gone, but even today, whenever the Chanel brand is concerned, only the best will do.

Illustration: I (and many of my countrymen,) will never forget the 1992 TV ad for Coco (the fragrance.) Shot by Jean-Paul Goude, with Vanessa Paradis (Singer, award-winning actress, model and French icon,) the short movie became an instant classic.

Merci, Madame Chanel. You continue to impress, and inspire. 

A bientôt.


“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
— Coco Chanel —



Afterword: 

I once followed in Coco’s footsteps. Read the story here

17 Responses to Il était une fois, Gabrielle Chanel… Once upon a time, Gabrielle Chanel…

  1. Wow, I love this post – It’s super! I really want my 2 older daughters to read it!! I love giving them insprirations of strong independent women! Thank you for such a beautiful – informational post. Interesting story – my third daughter is super strong in personality (well, I guess you must hold your own when you have 2 older sisters) – She’s spririted, charming and full of sunshine everyday. When she was little (about 2 1/2) – she nicknamed herself – Coco!! and it has stuck! Now, I will have to print this post and save it for her when she is older!! Thank you!

    • Well, I am so happy you enjoyed this story, Jennifer. You are right to raise your daughters to be strong women. Your little “Coco” sounds delightful! I bet she is quite the hit in Bordeaux with her French/American roots! 🙂

  2. A WONDERFULLY ENJOYABLE READ!!!-gosh I adore her…my Ex French boyfriend and I reconnected a few years back…I was so offended that he called me mrs-I was horrified-I said I am not married and never have been-MADEMOISELLE please-then in French class we debated the fazing out of mademoiselle with the exception of the young….some article was written about the changing culture/language-I still believe in the title mademoiselle like the great COCO-I LOVE HER STORY-thanks for sharing-as always

    • Good for you, g. I am guessing “Mademoiselle” would have been horrified to hear the ubiquitous “Ms…” I don’t believe she was embarrassed in the least by her single status. She did not care either what others thought about her. And that is the greatest strength of all. A favorite quote of mine: “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Ha! What a tough cookie she was.

  3. Thank you Vero for sharing the Lagerfeld’s short movies links. Incredible work. Truly the gems of the genre.
    I’ve read a book ‘Intimate Chanel’ lovingly and honestly compiled, the treasure trove of quotes and illustrations. Behind the legend She was a steel magnolia indeed: vulnerable, fragile, caring and loving, selflessly and discretely generous.
    Great post!

    • Welcome back, Natalie. I hope you are enjoying the fall in Canada… Like you, I have read “Intimate Chanel,” and found it interesting since it shed additional light on her private life (through the anecdotes of a relative.) I don’t think anyone will ever know the real Coco Chanel. That is how she wanted it. And that is how she has kept us all talking all that time, clever woman 🙂

  4. I enjoyed this post for many reasons. Firstly I never tire of reading about strong, influential women but you brought together all those wonderful quotes in one place and one I haven’t read before ‘You can be gorgeous at thirty …..’ That’s certainly one to remember! Her strong character and sense of fun shines through in these photos and aren’t those pearls just fabulous! Best wishes from a cooler England. Autumn has arrived! I hope all is well with you, Véronique.

    • Thank you for stopping by, as always, miss b. I won’t lie: This was a fun post to research and write. In fact, I kept finding so many “good” quotes, it was hard to choose, then organize them 🙂 A challenging job, but somebody had to do it…

      Autumn has arrived here also, with a LOT of rain. This is Seattle, after all.

  5. Of course, ma chère, you already know that I share you feelings for Mesdemoiselles Coco and Marlene. Two incredible women. The world would be so much less interesting had these grande dame never graced us with their presence. I, for one, would feel the poorer for it.

    Brava, Véro. Another fascinating post.

    Big bisous, M-T

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Antoine et Lili: Brightening up citylife one collection at a time

Antoine et Lili: Brightening up citylife one collection at a time

Parishues.com Once upon a time, in Paris, France, there were three colorful stores lined up along the Canal St Martin. Every morning, oblivious of la grisaille, (the grey skies) the three stores cheered up busy city dwellers. “Regardez-nous! Regardez-nous,” they enticed. Look at us, Look at us! And among the hurried commuters on their way to the office,…

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  1. I adore your fashion posts and before I got to the plum comment-I thought to myself …”hum v is in a purple kind of mood…” I think I would definitely shop there maybe a few key pieces-a dress or coat and accessories – the colored stores are so happy-bright … Montmartre seems to give birth to a lot of nice stores do you know sept cinq -they ship to me and the store is owned by two friends who opened up last November- they did the renovations and decorating–all goods are made in france-they are great girls– a true pleasure to deal with and I subscribe to a letter service called LETTRES D’UN INNCONNU -I receive 2 letters a month from a stranger to a stranger(me)-The founder and owner lives and has her studio in Montmartre-another wonderfully kind and innovative business woman-and now I learn Antoine and lili was given birth to in the same neighborhood…as always a GREAT FUN post…HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK-

    • Bonjour g. I do not know that store in Montmartre. Is there a website I could visit to get a better idea? That letter service sounds mysterious too… “Lettres d’un Inconnu…” — So you basically get letters written in French ? Do you get to reply in French also?

    • v- yes the letters are in French or English. I chose French-7.95euro per month or 81.95 euro for 1 year- you can respond and are encouraged to do so. i do not respond, as I lack confidence in my French. Fanny the owner/innovator wanted to bring back the lost art of letter writing. I think I may have been their first non French customer-we have exchanged cards/letters and emails. I ADMIRE HER SO-I actually discovered the service-through MY LITTLE PARIS-there is a blog, website, facebook twitter – I have been touched by the stories- the personal tales and sharing-I really do look forward to them. SEPT CINQ has a facebook page and an e boutique coming hopefully by year’s end- ines de la fressange featured the store in her Ines Little Diary videos-via Roger Vivier-I contacted them voila a “relationship” was born-Lorna and Audrey all goods as I have said are made in France-by artists/designers-and the prices are fair!

    • How sad for our generation that we need entrepreneurs to keep us writing letters, but I see the point of Fanny’s business. I wish you would attempt short replies in French. Maybe on a postcard?

      I am familiar with My Little Paris and receive their email newsletter on a regular basis. They always come up with the most interesting ideas of things to do in Paris.

      Sept Cinq sounds like a winner. If the great Inès featured them in one of her video clips, and you recommend them too, that is good enough for me. I will look into it. Funny, I was thinking about writing a story about the Little Diary videos, but there are so many good ones, it is hard to choose.

      Take care, g, from Philadelphia!

  2. I just love visiting Paris to go shopping! I’m going for part of my honeymoon next year and definitely want to stop at one of these stores. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh I love this part of Paris, and love this shop! I agree, it’s the Canal St. Martin location that’s the best. The way the colors of the facade reflect on the canal – it’s magic! And Chez Prune… a favorite spot to visit, too. Thanks for taking me there.
    Hope you are staying dry on this stormy Seattle night, Veronique! XO

    • Bonjour Jeanne. Isn’t that photo of the buildings reflecting in the Canal just glorious? Wish I had taken it… I can tell you have enjoyed “Boboland,” during a previous Parisian visit. This used to be a pretty grim neighborhood twenty or thirty years ago. Sometimes, gentrification is a good thing…

  4. Oui, I have shopped there! Tonight, I would buy one of the little black silk dresses.
    Fun post, Veronique! Terrific new header and very clever. All the best ~ Sarah

  5. We enjoyed a wander around the Canal St Martin district in June. It was a glorious, hot summer’s day and there were groups of people having a picnic on the side of the canal – a wonderful, relaxed bohemian atmosphere. What a pity I missed this cute store! The second image with the bright façades and colours reflecting in the water is stunning.

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35 Responses to Nostalgie, quand tu nous tiens. Nostalgia, when you hold us.

  1. Ah, ah, ahhhhh! I have been meaning to come comment since your Harry Potter post, and when I finally arrive, I find that your childhood nostalgie hit me smack in the memories, too! My first year in France was as an exchange student at the age of 18; I arrived with very limited French, and one of the first concepts I had to pick up was la rentrée. I was awed and amazed by the intricately arranged windows of les papeteries; I adored learning to use a stylo à plume, and I know I still have mine around here somewhere, 25 years later. And oh! Les effaceurs haven’t changed one bit either.

    Dear me–I had no idea how attached I was to these memories. Oh, and belatedly, thank you so much for the HP post. I’m a little disappointed I didn’t know about it when we were in London two years ago, but on the other hand our days were already chock full. La prochaine fois!

  2. Look at how smartly dressed French children are…..(sigh)…..and they still learn cursive…..(sigh)……and use ball point pens………(sigh)……

    I was always excited/apprehensive at the start of a new school year….new supplies (that wonderful smell) and a new outfit for the occasion….but the same old promise…….”I promise I will not wait until the night before to complete an assignment.” Some things never change.

    Thanks for the memories….

    Big bisous, M_T

  3. I’m quite addicted to French school notebooks. I always bring scads home with me when I visit. I’ve always wondered why they were lined the way they are. Thank you so much for finally explaining it to me. Rayure Seyes. Chic!

  4. I am letting out a sigh of admiration….la rentrée was last week for us, and I am enjoying it, but a bit nervous as I learn how to teach at the secondary level. I have no problem jumping into the instruction, but it’s the GRADING and the technology that I’m fuzzy on! OH VÉRO! This is a great post and I remember MONOPRIX! I would simply walk to my local Monoprix on the corner where I lived in Nice and it was there I could afford my supplies! To see the young children, the Paris boutiques and just the language on les fournitures scolaires is a joy. BISOUS! Anita

    • Ah, so you used that wonderful Monoprix too! I have done some damage there myself, Anita 🙂

      How are you liking secondary education so far? The older kids would be my favorite to teach. I would be clueless around little ones 🙂

  5. Bliss! I enjoyed your reminiscing so much Veronique. I like to watch the French news also.. unlike yourself I don’t understand all of it 🙂 but the newsreader reads so beautifully I can’t resist! Our school holiday system is much different I think, we have four, shorter breaks through the year (each two weeks) and then a longer five week break over Christmas. I remember well buying the school supplies and looking for that little something different, for my children not moi, that was waaay too long ago :))

    • A five-week break over Christmas?! Holy cow! I could go for that… except not in Seattle. What would be the point? The weather is generally horrid at Christmas. We are lucky if we are not snowed in. Yikes.

      So you enjoy the French news, eh? Could one of the anchors you refer to be handsome Laurent Delahousse? He is a sheer pleasure to listen to 🙂

  6. This tour of French school supplies makes me nostalgic for back to school – and I think I would like to do my réentrée in Paris, please. I may be a little tall for the desks, but think it would be fun all the same – and would hopefully improve my very bad French skills. And penmanship! Happy Monday, Veronique!

    • I am sure you would fit behind those desks just fine, Jeanne. They have changed a lot over the years. As for penmanship, it’s a great skill to master, but some of those elementary school teachers were… formidable! That part at least you did not miss out on!

  7. Veronique – Thank you for this post. Even though, I’m the American living in France – it was so nice to have certain things (like why the notebooks are lined the way they are) explained beautifully!! You are right, school is a big deal in both France and the States. But from my point of view, since the French schools emphasize so much on penmanship, and neat beautiful perfectly scripted work – there is definitely supplies to match here. All the pens, all the blanco, all the white tape and correctors. Of course, the ink pens too!! Truthfully as a school counselor and certified Elementary teacher, I find this approach and expectation refreshing!! Now maybe the French get a little too strict or critical on small mistakes or work that is not completed in the margins – but having high expectations of quality of work is important. Personally, I think a lot of schools in the US get too caught up in making sure the student feels comfortable, confident, and self-assured. This all comes at the expense of certain high expectations. There seems to be almost a fear of “hurting” or causing too much emotional damage. As a child who grew up in the 70’s & 80’s, I still had teachers who had really high expectations – teachers who didn’t hesitate to call a spade a spade. They weren’t worried about parents coming in telling them that they hurt “little Johnnies” feelings. My parents always supported the teachers – the rare times my brothers or I got in trouble – we were always made to apologize and make amends. Well enough ranting.. There is balance to be found no matter what system you are in. But I have to give the French credit – the numerous different kinds of notebooks, the beautiful pens to choose from and the trousses!! (pen/pencil holders). Everything is beautifully and intricately down to support perfect beautiful penmanship and work habits!!

    Thank you for linking my post to yours – I hope your readers found my slant on things interesting! I look forward to reading more on your blog! You have great insights and perspectives!

    • Bonjour Jennifer. A very insightful comment, and I am not surprised. You clearly know the world of education, and it must be fascinating for you to observe differences between France and the US. Your comment convinced me that I was right about one thing: Do you remember when Pamela Druckerman’s book about French moms came out last year? The French education system she described (sometimes accurately, sometimes not, as it was stereotypical,) was very close to the way things were done in the US thirty years ago. It seems American Society has changed faster than France. That’s not surprising. France is an old country, set in her ways, as reflected in our stories about “La Rentrée.” Let’s stay in touch. We have a lot to learn from each other. A bientôt!

  8. I enjoyed your post and yes, schools are different in France. I remember just like you going with my mother to buy all the things I needed for school and they were not that same as what my daughters used here in the US. I even went back to my école maternelle in Paris and took pictures – and it looked the same (at least the outside) as when I went to school there. My little grand kids have been using computers since in pre-kindergarten – I don’t know if they do that in France too – and they are learning Chinese.

    • Yes, Vagabonde, things have changed, maybe for the better if young children learn foreign languages in elementary school these days… C’est le progrès… I am quite happy myself the facade of some French Maternelles and elementary schools have not changed a bit 🙂

  9. another great read-I have always loved the smell of new text books and paper too-I would get some funny looks in college as I always would fan the pages and smell the paper(only while they are new)-I adore the French notebook and graph style paper-but fear my penmanship would not have made the grade-school time was always a sad time for me because I love summer- so much, but I didn’t dislike school-still find the classroom one of the most exciting places to be-summer represented freedom from schedules-but once September hits I look forward to the events of a new orchestral season- the theater or ballet and a return to my French studies- which I’m still on the fence about…any word on your return to school teaching- from previous post- cannot wait to hear…thanks once again for sharing!

  10. What a coincidence! I have just received a couple of little gifts. Stylish notebooks by Clairefontaine from the same range as the Elle one you have shown here! There are certain items I always bring back from France and stationery is always on the list. I love to wander around this section of Monoprix or independent shops. You are right about those cute children – they just had to be French! As for the French cursive handwriting, I’ve always admired it. In England you may have noticed there are so many different styles of handwriting. Bon week-end!

  11. Thank you for sharing your rentree memories, chere Veronique!! The photos are wonderful…and you don’t want to know how many Clairefontaines of various styles and sizes I have stashed around my home! :)) Missing Monoprix as well…ahhh…enjoying all of these French goodies vicariously…
    I love everything school-related (why oh why don’t we have access to inexpensive fountain pens?)….but school itself? Let’s just say I would have been a great candidate for homeschooling…ha! ;))

    Happy September, sweet friend!!
    Bisous,
    – Irina

  12. Véro! Bienvenue chez moi, et merci! Je veux être poète moi, et tu sais, je suis en train d’enseigner au lycée le français V – je vais donner mes étudiants un défi (après avoir bien sûr, maîtrisé la grammaire) et ce défi va être la poèsie, autrement dit, LE “SPOKEN WORD”, ou bien, Le Spam Poèsie je crois….alors, on verra!

    Bonne semaine, Anita

  13. Last year, when I was studying in Paris, I loved to visit les papetries for supplies. I have beautiful file folders and notebooks. I visited Gibert Joseph for my required texts and was amazed a the quantity of scholarly books. The French seem to take education more seriously than we do in Canada.

    • Gibert Jeunes was my main supplier when I went to college in Paris. It’s always fun to visit their stores in the 5th arrondissement, isn’t it? The French do love books and have great respect for the written word (and for writers,) that is undeniable. I guess that is a good thing. A bientôt…

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35 Responses to Road trips, antique train rides, and cherry pies: Snoqualmie, WA.

  1. WOOOOO! ROCK ON FRENCH GIRL! Lovely locations to put a smile on my face as I prepare to leave in just a few minutes to my first ever HIGH SCHOOL French class. Later in the day, I will teach a group of 8th graders beginning French. HAVE A SUPER DAY MON AMIE! Anita

  2. Bonjour. I love trains too; had a large collection of model trains when I was a kid. There is no comparison between the comfort of the TGV and current state of travel on airlines. I wish there were more connections in Provence but we will have to live with our TGV rides between Paris and Avignon.

    • Bonjour Michel. J’adore le TGV. It is mostly punctual and so, so comfortable. What a relief, too, to be able to walk around instead of being stuck in a cramped airline seat. If I ever move back to Europe, I will only travel by car or by train. I will reserve flying for emergencies. A bientôt!

  3. J’adore les voyages en train, temps suspendu entre le départ et l’arrivée , paysages qui défilent,parenthèse enchantée..
    Il y a plusieurs trains à l’ancienne qui refonctionnent par ici, et pas seulement l’été. Faudra essayer la prochaine fois !
    Dans mes rêves , j’aimerais traverser les USA en Amtrack, ou la Russie en Train bleu…
    (Je ferme mes blogs vers le 8 pour vacances , ne t’inquiète pas )
    A bientôt!

    • Très joliment dit, Marie.

      Je serai ravie d’essayer un des petits trains niçois lors d’une prochaine visite. D’ailleurs, je suis ravie d’essayer à peu près n’importe quoi lorsque je suis à Nice, tu le sais 🙂

      Je rêvais moi aussi, à une époque, de visiter les USA en Amtrack. Prépare-toi à un choc culturel. L’Amtrack, ce n’est pas le TGV!!! Bon voyage à Londres et n’oublie pas HARRY!!! 🙂

    • Well merci beaucoup Jackie. I saw on your blog you are about to embark on a fabulous trip. I will be looking forward to traveling vicariously though your pics. Hopefully, by the time you return, things will have slowed down a bit here, and we will be able to connect at long last.

  4. Dearest Véronique,
    Oh, a luxury train ride would be the very best. You know, when we did our consulting work for Pond’s India Ltd. for a decade, we got to ride the first class night train to our final destination. That was pure luxury, like in the British period, complete with shower and all. Would swap any plane seat for that!!!
    But you did show us a very worthwhile train ride in the north west of the USA with spectacular views. Great ending too for brunch and coffee.
    Hugs to you,
    Mariette

    • Bonjour Mariette. You did live the good life for a while, as an international consultant. I would have loved seeing those trains!

      Our modest train ride on Sunday was nothing in comparison, but we still enjoyed it. It is good to slow down… and smell [damn, fine] coffee once in a while 🙂

  5. OH MY GOSH –loved this little excursion with you!! as usual the pictures are beautiful-and would love to have a cup of coffee in the TWIN PEAKS CAFE-the black dog looks mighty fine too! what a great way to end the summer vacation and usher in the new school year!-oh love the dream category on the side bar I hope and can see that each one WILL BE ACHIEVED ! as always thanks for sharing.

    • Bonjour dear g. Comment ça va?

      Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a kind comment, as always. Like you, I hope some of my dreams (old and new ones,) will come true. I will work on them. And I can work hard when I want to 🙂

  6. Oh I just love Snoqualmie. The air smells so nice, doesn’t it? And Twin Peaks! Loved that show. I understand that David Lynch was completely wired on coffee and chocolate milkshakes when he wrote that. Great clip.

    • Bienvenue Connie. A coffee and chocolate milkshake addiction. That would help understand a lot about Twin Peaks 🙂 That show was WILD! I almost met handsome Kyle McLachlan when I worked as a budding movie critic for the Seattle International Film Festival a few weeks ago. *Almost.* 🙂

      A bientôt.

  7. What a fun road trip. We visited Snoqualmie Falls many years ago on our way to Lake Louise after spending time in Seattle. We were told to have the infamous Country Breakfast at the Inn. What an item! Who really eats that much food?
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. The falls were amazing when we visited in August many, many years ago. ~ Sarah

    • Bonsoir Sarah. The breakfast you are referring to can be found in that building next to Snoqualmie Falls (you see it on the photo above.) It is a big breakfast, and expensive too. I have not had one in years. Personally, I was quite happy with our simple brunch at a bistro table chez Black Dog. Unpretentious and unpacked (maybe because it was after 3:00pm! “:-) Bonne semaine in Texas.

  8. We visited for the falls and the Twin Peaks lore, I had no idea the museum was that close or we might have also stopped in there. I am curious when that picture of the falls was taken, are you sure that’s even Washongton? It looks like the sun is shining 😉 Bisous!

  9. I loved all of this! Seriously, who doesn’t love travelling by train (ok, I had one scary crowding incident in India) and as much as I love France (and you know that I do) what I wouldn’t give for a Black Dog café! That made me so homesick!

    • Bonjour Heather. Thank you for your visit. Sorry you don’t have a Black Dog café in your neck of the provençal woods. I tell you what: I will ship Black Dog over to you, if you ship me back your favorite small village café in Southern France (needless to say, it has to come with comfortable tables and chairs outside, and it should preferably be located on a sunny little square, with a fountain, some ancient plane trees…) How does that sound? Deal?

  10. What a great day out for you both and certainly a ride I would enjoy. The view of the valley is wonderful and it must have been so interesting having a tour of the restored station which is so quaint. All rounded off with cherry pie and good coffee – perfect! You may remember my blog post earlier this year when we had cream tea aboard a steam train which travelled through the Lancashire countryside – a real treat. There is something very special about train journeys especially in the old style carriages which are so nostalgic.
    PS I’m a Top Gear fan too. Junior has good taste!

    • I remember that post you wrote, miss b. I would not mind tasting some of that ice cream myself, as beautiful Lancashire goes by through the window… Top Gear… What can I say? I had no choice and I don’t even like cars. But those three guys grow on you, don’t they? 🙂 My favorite is Richard, but Jeremy is quite funny too.

  11. I love trains and have taken them all over Europe! Once I had to lead a group of tourists on the train from Issoire to Paris. I have never visited Snoqualmie but it looks like a lovely town to visit. Have you ever taken the Amtrak train to Vancouver?

    • Issoire to Paris, eh? I hope you did not lose any of them. That would be an easy thing to do on a train 🙂

      I have never taken the Amtrak to Vancouver but might give it a try in the coming year when I start missing the French TGV again 🙂 Bon weekend!

  12. Wow what a beautiful part of the country. I have never been on a real train before (those fake trains at the zoo do NOT count) and I have been longing to do so. A year ago I saw an advertisement for a train trip across Canada that seemed absolutely STUNNING. That is my dream now, to take that trip.

    I also have Twin Peaks on my Netflix. It has been on my queue for five years. My list is so long and ridiculous (I do the DVDs like a dinosaur). It’s a good show? You recommend? Should I bump it up?

    • Hope you end up taking that train trip, Jenny!

      As for Twin Peaks, you may love it or hate it. But it is a cult show and as such, a landmark in American culture. You owe it to yourself to watch at least the excellent pilot! At the very least, you will get to travel to the Pacific Northwest 🙂

  13. Labor Day is the UNofficial end of summer in the U.S. Summer concludes on Sept. 21, here as elsewhere. The feeling post-Labor Day certainly is different.

    J’aime bien votre blog.

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