119…Lyons la Foret and Lovely Paris.

by frances doherty on July 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I went to a lovely town in Normandy to set up an exhibition. It is called Lyons la Foret and is between Rouen and Paris. This is one of those places that has not changed in years and is pristine and pretty. Not neccesarily a place you would want to live (although a lot of english people do seem to) but a great place to visit.

View through a gate at Lyons

View through a gate at Lyons

I don’t exhibit a lot in France, I just find it easier in England and the market is more buoyant, but from time to time a show comes up that is nice to be part of, and this was one of those. I took my work experience student Souzie with me to help set up…..and we ended up setting up the whole exhibition with the organisers.

Origami tables

Origami tables

These tables are the most over designed and tricky to put together that I have come across. It took us most of the day, but it was fun too. As other exhibitors arrived, some interesting work arrived with them.

Balls and seedpods

Balls and seedpods

 

Wallpiece with glass

Wallpiece with glass

These two pieces particulaly caught my eye.

Later we had enough time to have a wander around the little town,

Blue fence with frying pan

Blue fence with frying pan

and see all the lovely things around, like this blue fence using a skillet and a frying pan. And, these little floating flower boats,

Floating flower boats

Floating flower boats

made of fibre glass I think. I like this idea for my pond.

As we walked about we got a peek inside someone’s house,

a peek inside

a peek inside

could be 50 or 100 years ago. We spotted some interesting windowsills too,

dolls on windows

dolls on windows

hmmm….curious.

The following weekend it was Bastille day, and we took a friend to Paris for a surprise birthday weekend. I love going to Paris. I spent two years there from the age of 19, and it has a familiarity for me that I never get in London.

We went up to the flea market at Clignacourt and found a shop selling these Pallisy style plates,

Wall plates after Pallisy

Wall plates after Pallisy

Further along was a vintage stand with the most glorious models,

Blue and lilac eyes

Blue and lilac eyes

 

Slightly scary

Slightly scary

The clothes were amazing too.

Near the Bastille in Paris is a planted walkway, one of the first to be built in the world, It is up in the air, part of it on an old railway line,

coulée plantée

coulée plantée

This is at the beginning of it which is accessed by stairs up from the street. As you walk along its 4-5 km length you get wonderful glimpses of Paris from up above.

Peeking at Paris from above

Peeking at Paris from above

Another thing they have got right in Paris are the Velib bikes…..London can only look and weep. Apart from the fact they are tricky to work out at the beginning in terms of registering, they are a delight to use. They are all over Paris and more importantly, so are cycle routes. They have managed to retro fit cycle lanes everywhere, and there is no sense of the war between cyclists and pedestrians and cars that there is in British cities.

Happy cycling

Happy cycling

We went everywhere that afternoon, St Michel, Rue St Denis, along the Rue de Rivoli and around Le Marais. This last area is where I used to live. It used to be the Jewish area, and is now both the Jewish and gay area. It is much more lively than when I used to live there, and on this holiday weekend the streets were packed….but I was happy to find this little theatre still in the road that I had lived in.

Little box office

Little box office

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable weekend!

 

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