Our lovely trip to Paris!!
Paris in April
We are back from our stitching holiday (safely thanks to travelling by coach and the Chunnel!) and I think I can say that everyone enjoyed our five nights in the city of Paris – we visited the Museum of the Middle Age and had chance to see the remarkable Cluny Tapestries. I think they came as a surprise to everyone when we turned in to the room and saw the size of the tapestries and the still rich colours! It was really good to be able to get really close to the stitching and see the details.
We spent three or four hours at Bonheur des Dames, probably the best needlework shop in France. Just bliss! After this we all went to a tiny restuarant where Bill and I had goose cooked in honey!
Bonheur des Dames
After the dinner with the Vessieres
Our second visit was to the Museum of Toile de Jouy, just outside Paris, where our excellent English speaking guide, Isobel, took us through the processes of wood block printing and copper plate engraving. All very interesting as was the pretty, though rather costly gift shop!
Our last day in the city was spent wandering around the Estate of Versailles. The Palace is very beautiful but for me the grounds and ornamental gardens were fabulous.
As on all the stitching holidays, our guests have a themed pack of projects to stitch during the holiday and the minute we find a seat, out comes the stitching!
We broke our journey back to the UK by spending two nights in Bruges and Bill and I took our favourite boat trip and had the compulsory hot chocolate. Oh well! Back to the diet….
Next year’s holiday is from 30th April to 7th May and we are going to Germany
We will be visiting the German Sampler Museum in Celle, Vaupel and Heilenbeck (Linen band people)in Wuppertal, the Zweigart Factory Shop and the Madeira factory…. Lots and lots of stitching shopping!
More details will be announced shortly – if you are interested, do just send us an email and we can add you to our Tour Mailing List
Talk to you again soon
Date posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010