Sunday, April 6, 2014

Red, Blue, Pompidou!

In my last post I told you about my first trip to Europe, fifty years ago. Well, twenty-five years ago I went to Europe for the second time. I spent three months studying in Rome, then traveled to Greece with a friend, spent some time with an Italian man in Firenze (that's all I'm sayin'), and eventually went to Paris on my own before flying home.

In Paris I took a really cool picture of the Centre Pompidou and made a necklace with it.


This set my color scheme for a recent outfit.

top - JCP; skirt - Docker's, thrifted; tights - Target; shoes - Dexter

I took more photos in this outfit, but I'm bored with my own backyard and too self-conscious to go out in public to take pictures. Sooooo, I decided to revisit Paris in 1989.


It was the centennial of the Eiffel Tower, so they had lights on it spelling out "100 ans." It was also the bicentennial of the French Revolution.


 The Louvre - so much to see, it would take more than one day and you'd still be overwhelmed.


Luxembourg Gardens - I stayed near here in the Latin Quarter. My little room and lumpy bed were under the eaves, up six flights of stairs, with the toilet and showers down the hall. I loved it!


And then we're back where we started, at the Pompidou Centre.

All these photos were printed on paper - I cut out paper dolls of me and glued them to the printed photos, then photographed them. Thanks again to Melanie for this idea!

It's time to get together for Visible Monday, so don't forget to head on over to Patti's on Sunday evening or Monday. Or Tuesday. And there's a Shoe Shine at Bella's, so here's the money shot for that.

 

A bientot, mes cheries!

Val

30 comments:

  1. Good morning Val, you are making me smile with your adventures! Clever idea with the pictures. I like your red shoes and your necklace is so cool.

    blue hue wonderland

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  2. Val en Paris, tres bien! It's many years since I was in Paris (nearly 30) but I did love the city when I visited, and the Pompidou Centre is brilliant.
    You're looking appropriately Parisian and chic too! xxx

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  3. Once again you have me snorting my coffee. That last Pompidou pic is hilarious. But the red and blue is a combo I saw on Parisiennes on our last trip (the brave souls who weren't in head-to-toe black) so you fit right into the scenery. :-)

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    1. Sorry about your coffee. Maybe you should read first, then pick up the coffee cup. : )

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  4. Aaand...around 25 years ago I was studying at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Universite De Paris VII Marne-la-Valee (before Euro-Disney - and I'm worried what Marne-la-Valee will be like now Euro-Disney is there) and regularly eating home made baguette with random jambon, fromage et whatever I could afford whilst being a fairly useful student; trying to help homeless and low income people into safe shelter - a study for my under-graduate thesis.
    I admit I felt a little pretentious.
    I have 8mm film of those days: *cine-film*!
    So, now I have to view the cine-film with some kind of projector and see if I can see you hovering around the Jardin-du-Luxembourg! I was in head to toe black by the way...;)

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    1. This is very interesting! Do you ever look at old photos with strangers in the background and wonder what their lives are like? If you do look at the film, I would have looked very different - long dark hair usually pulled back. And I'm sure I was not dressed fashionably!

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  5. Oh, my stars! Again, I reiterate: you must write a book! A memoir with pics! The paper cutouts superimposed on scenery is so very Dave McKean meets Nick Bantock. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks for mentioning Dave McKean and Nick Bantock. I hadn't heard of them before, but just looked them up briefly. Wow - I can't wait to learn more!

      And writing a book, yes, maybe one day. That would certainly help the retirement income.

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  6. Oh those pictures are perfect and your poses are masterful!

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  7. Ah Paris avec Fondue! Tres delicieux!

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  8. I hope you are enjoying this transition from style blog to LIFEstyle blog as much as we are Val! Each post is engaging commentary and the addition of your creative scrapbook/photoshop Valism's via Melanie are just the best!!! Thanks for brightening my day, and red and blue can't be beat as an outfit combo.

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  9. Look at your fab self all over the City of Lights. Love this, and thanks for sharing with Visible Monday. xox

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  10. I love your do-it-yourself idea of using paper dolls to do make these pictures - what an awesome idea. Lovely necklace, Val!

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  11. Your adventures are fun to follow along… but I have a feeling we are missing out on the most exciting part "Italy with an Italian man"! (And that's how it should be… all yours!!!) I love your paper cutouts - they are adorable and have me smiling!!!
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  12. This is so cute, Val...I loved your world travels! And you look so good in this color...have a great week...you made me smile!

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  13. This was so much fun! I loved it.

    How sad I am that you didn't delve a little deeper into the "Italian story". : ( You are just a big tease lady!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  14. I'm lovin' your photo tricks...made me laugh! We get to travel with you and you get to get out of the backyard! I'm really enjoying reading about your adventures!

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  15. That necklace is amazing, what an genius idea. The red and blue outfit looks very continental and perfect for a virtual tour round Paris.
    Its been years since I last went, firstly as a penniless student, taking the overnight bus and the ferry and staying in Bobigney, then the African quarter, seeking out Senegalese clubs and dancing till dawn, then years later I won a week there in a trade magazine, first class BA flights and a swanky hotel on the Champs Elysee - we were still penniless then, though! xxx

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  16. As ever Val, you make me smile , you should do that book some day!

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  17. Allo ma chère!

    I'm back! i don't if you know, i had a bad accident resulting in a concusssion - But i feel better now and gettng back into blogging slowly -

    I love your collage, it's fun to do! Going back to Paris in August, last time i went was 1987! Can't wait to go back, it's going to be so much fun!

    Take care Va

    See you soon

    Arianexo

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  18. Val, I can absolutely see you ripping across Europe. This is the next best thing. Probably you are the one who subconsciously influenced me to make my doll thingy with your incredible dioramas. That's the great thing about sparks, they fly absolutely everywhere. I am hearing the Georgie Girl song when I scroll through this, even if it is the wrong country.

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  19. Love that you did the photo embellishing "old school"!!! I need to try some of t his!!

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  20. Grand Tour ala our Muse Rouge! Why self-conscious? Great color bloc outfit and wonderful memories. You're such a beauty, and I don't think you really get that!

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  21. So creative, Val - I thoroughly enjoyed your paper doll adventures in Paris (though, I agree that the Italian man mentioning was such a naughty tease!). I love your outfit too - great combination of colors and such a wonderful pendant. :)

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  22. Just popping over from Bella's Shoe Shine. Great outfit, but I'm in love with your clever approach to showcasing it "around the world." So fun! I haven't yet figured out how to do any photoshopping, but your post inspires creativity!

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  23. Your frolicking around Paris is wonderful! I love the skirt with your red top and I think your necklace is fab! sadly I have only ever drove through Paris one time on a 24 hour coach journey to Calella in Spain, a bit like Benidorm, my brother ended up employed in a bar, he was 13 x x x

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  24. who needs Photoshop when you've got scissors and paper?!?! AWESOME!

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  25. Fantastic post!!!! I love this sooo much!

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  26. Ooh, lovely!

    I got to visit Paris in 2006 and I have a shot of my head in between the glass pyramid points in the Louvre mall at sundown, hahaha. Great idea, putting yourself in your own photos. You always have the best crafty blog ideas. :D

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