Wednesday, 11 August 2010

French Revels!

Well I'm back from from my fantastic holiday in France with Rainey J.  She is really lovely and such great fun that I felt like I'd known her for years.
My trip didn't start too well as I got lost on the way from the airport. A slight pronunciation difference led the taxi driver to drop me at Dinard, not Dinan! After finding a very kind woman, who phoned the taxi co. for me and explained things, I finally arrived in the right place, where Rainey was waiting for me.
Rainey in her beautiful little apartment. Click here for a lovely story about this and a beautiful painting.

Dinan is a beautiful, medieval, walled town and every part of it is picturesque. The buildings are so crooked that they look like they shouldn't be standing at all.

We visited, art exhibitions, fleamarkets, cathedrals, roamed the streets and hit the bars at night. Our favourite bar is run by a lovely man and friend of Rainey's called Alain. (More on that later!)

Ok, enough chit chat, here's the photos.

View from the castle walls that surround the town.
The street where our favourite pub was.

Me guarding the gates against Irish invaders... such as this one....
"Let me in! Let me in! I need more sewing supplies and a martini!"

Ok, now we're going to go somewhere really special. This cobbled street winds down and down to the edge of the town walls. Just down here, on the left is a magical place. Come with me gentle readers, whilst I take you on a journey of french haberdashery delight..........   

Choosing one's treasures is a very serious business!

I would have loved one of these antique sewing boxes, but they were not for sale.

Here is the link to the website of this little shop of wonders. Yes, she sells online!
As you can imagine, after that we needed to sit down and recover.....


  1. great post, Jo and I have looked at the site a few times as well, just wonderful, it must have been a fun trip!!

  2. Oh, lord.....I must go. It all looks heavenly.

  3. Good god, you wonderfully lucky girl! All those photos of the little shop of wonders made me what to crawl in through my computer screen! And Rainey's pink house is sooo cute! Does she still own it? I'll have to ask her!! I want to go!!!

  4. OMG! I would have found it extremely difficult to leave that shop...looks like you had a blast and brought home some loverly treasures???? xo...deb

  5. how far was dinard from dinan?
    wouldnt you love to have those flat files!!!

  6. Oh I just got sucked back into that shop! Damn it! Anyway, just saying thanks for assuring me I have no need to panic. :-)

  7. Bonsoir mon petite étoile brillante!
    oh these pics are great! I love the one of you on the doorstep -taken by a professional I'd guess ;) . Did I tell you that Clare sold me one of those Paris tins?what's that? eh? Oh I DID..hehe
    I couldn't have hoped for a better companion on my're lovely & I'm very proud to know you now as a true friend xx I realise that this is a tad soppy for me so I'll stop now :)
    well anyway we had an adventure didn't we? soon to be repeated I hope.I am aiming to go back over toward the end of October for a couple of days so if Brother Si can swing another bonus...I'll pray for him ...I'll even wear a cilice so the bonus would be greater.
    Rainey J

  8. Good God Almighty, I want to go!