"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ooh La La

I"ll soon be off to Paris for a ten day trip. I have been before and saw all of the touristy things, but this time, I will be on a quest to see the things only the locals know about - stores, restaurants, cafes, interiors, art and architecture. The Foire Nationale a la Brocante et Aux Jambones, or the Ham Fair, is a twice annual antiques fair, and I'll be there digging for old textiles, calligraphy/letters, prints and art and anything animal related. I am also going to look for American antiques as they are very desirable back here. I know lots of American Indian stuff went to Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Who knows what fate will bring my way. I am spoiled by American prices though (prices in London and Paris are more than double the cost back here) so I doubt I'll make any large purchases. Plus, I don't need one more thing. For four of those days, Toma Haines, aka the Antiques Diva, will be leading the way. Toma has lived in Europe for the past decade and resided for several years in Paris. She knows dealers, stores, etc. and I can't wait to follow her around Paris. Look on my sidebar and click on her site to find out more about the Diva. We'll be dining at the Michelin starred Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. We'll be shopping at the original Chanel store, but it doesn't seem very likely that we'll be able to tour Coco's apartment upstairs as that is the hardest ticket to come by in Paris. I won't be buying anything Chanel though, as my chickens wouldn't appreciate how chic I'd look. We will also attend a cooking class from the chef at the Ritz Hotel.
Now, if you've been to Paris before or know of some fabulous places or restaurants, please let me know! Soon! If I can figure out how to post pictures from my camera to my ipad, I'll share some of them with you. Otherwise, see you later mes amis...


  1. OooOoooh, Donna! I cannot wait to see your trip through the lens of your camera! How fantastic! I wonder if I can stow away in your luggage? :)
    xo isa

  2. I have friends who take a group to Paris twice yearly. I'll ask if they have any great suggestions for you. Here's hoping some of those great Iroquois beaded pieces find you!

  3. Have fun! love drinking cafe au lait from bowls with fresh pastries....brie and bread...ooh the food! ....walk lots....and send pics!

  4. Yay! How fun! And it's always great going back to a place, like you say, being able to go to more of the "locals" places. Have a wonderful time & I look forward to reading all about it!

  5. I am sooo envious! Godspeed and have a WONderful time! xx

  6. ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i'm writing you a coment and you're in france right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    hope you enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    take care,

  7. Donna, it was so sweet of you to write this post!!! Thank you for sharing details - and my friend, we're going to ROCK this town!

  8. So sorry I didn't get here sooner. But it sounds like you have a fabulous itinerary and need no help. The best Paris is the one we find on our own anyway. Oooh yes, please do send photos before you even return home! Vite, vite vite!
    And enjoy!


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