Sunday, November 23, 2008

Goodies from France!

Bonjour! I'm back from my trip to France and had a great time! We visited Strasbourg, which was about a two and a half hour train ride from Paris. My deary was a on a business trip there, so what a great excuse for me to tag along :-)

I LOVE the French illustration style and aesthetic. In particular I was looking for this book by one of my favorite illustrators Marc Boutavant:
I've been wanting this book for so long now! Its very hard to get it in the US (it is on ebay, but very $$$). What a beautiful book!!! Then in another store I found stickers by Marc Boutavant too:
And the cutest little notebook and Christmas Alphabet postcard by Illustrator Marion Billet:
I love "Fake ads" -Postcards by illustrator Amandine Piu:
And of course how can I resist this one (also by illustrator Amandine Piu):
Our high school French got us around ok but I must admit it was mentally draining afterwards. Having a language barrier is a handicap and there were a few awkward situations. Then I thought about all the non-English speaking people who are brave enough to come to the US to make a life for themselves (including my parents.). Props to them most definitely!

Anyways, I already miss the cafes and pain au chocolats. Strasbourg is a very quaint city to visit. Too bad I didn't get to see much of Paris, only the airport and the few blocks around the train station. Next time!

13 comments:

Lisa M Griffin said...

What lovely goodies! Thanks for all the fantastic shares, sounds like a wonderful trip. =)

Carli said...

ooh I am glad you had fun. I would love to visit France someday.

lil kim said...

oooh I am in love with Amandine Piu's work- thanks for sharing it. glad you had a good time finding some lovely goodies en francais!

Natura said...

Wow, how fantastic buys and trip. Thank you for sharing. I just looked at Amandine Piu's work, it's extraordinarily beautiful.

Enjoy all your goodies :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You know, I really appreciate you sharing all your goodies and special gift and treats with us. I look forward to going to Paris some day and visit some of the places you have gone. This is wonder!! Glad your home safe. I will be visiting a lot of these wonderful websites you've provided and drool in private. Yes I clowned professionally for 7 years. It was wonderful and fun and lots. and lots of hard work. I still do it for my family. I was traumatized when I went to a children's party and they tried to strip me. They wanted to see how far the pink grease paint went! The sad part was the parent just sat there and let it happen. Was not a really good experience. I think sometimes that clowning in not suited for certain ages. I'm a child of the 60's and there is an innocents that has been lost to a great degree. I would love to see it come back. I think they love and adore clowns in Paris. I think this in my dream. he he he he. Have a good one my friend.
Thanks for sharing!

Red Fish Circle said...

Great book finds! Thanks for sharing...

Betsy Snyder said...

Hey Chickengirl,
Thanks for commenting on my blog! It's funny because I just stumbled across your website last week during one of my procrastination breaks. Your work is great!

Candace Trew Camling said...

great stuff! Oh my gosh I am so jealous of your trip. I went to france a few years ago, it was so beautiful.

Diana Evans said...

Welcome Back Jannie!!! what a wonderful trip and it sounds like you had a tres bien time there...

Hugs
Diana

TokyoBunnie said...

Fantastic finds!

pati @-;-- said...

Ohhh... Jannie, all these goodies are precious!

This weekend my husband and I decorated our place with the few Xmas stuff we have... and your gifts from last year are showing their beauty around all the apartment.

We just love them!

Thanks again, ma belle :)

ellencrimitrent said...

ohh I want one!! Those books are fantastic, and well what do you expect from France anyway. I am glad you had a great time.

sketched out said...

Some fun stuff you gathered on your trip. Thanks for sharing it all! My hubby and I went to Paris two years ago and just love it! I even thought the people were nice... contrary to what I always heard.

I know what you mean about people coming to the U.S. and bravely trying to communicate with us... and nothing brings it to the fore more than experiencing it yourself!