Saturday, July 16, 2011

Seeking Susan. But not Desperately, because that'd be weird.

Today was a great day. I didn't have to push out a baby, plus I got to meet another blogging friend in the flesh. This time it was the wonderful Susan from Australia who blogs at PatchworkNPlay.

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Susan and her husband have been enjoying a fantastic trip through Spain and France and I was really chuffed they took time out to meet up with me in Aix-en-Provence this morning.

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I arrived in town a little early, both to beat the traffic (summer gets a little crazy in Aix) and to have a little wander around before hand. You know how I love a wander.

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The sales (les soldes) are on in Aix at the moment (held in July and January). I took this pic for the mister.

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I wandered through a few flower stalls near L'Eglise de la Madeleine:

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Took a quiet moment in L'Eglise du Saint-Esprit on the Rue Espariat:

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Also wandered by the Hermes store. Check out the handbag collage:

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Thread reels!

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You can see the Palais de Justice reflected in the upper part of the window.

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Susan rang before I did anything stupid (like actually go into the Hermes store) and we met up at the Tourism Office.

I love how the informal, almost confessional style of blogs means you feel you know the blogger as soon as you start talking. Susan and I sure did a lot of that (her hubby was very understanding), and she is just as warm, open and happy as her blog suggests.

I took them to a new café I hadn't tried before purely on the reasoning that any establishment cooling it's rosé in an ancient fountain in their courtyard should be good.

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We only had coffee, but it was declared a resounding success. Especially the café crème, always a risky order. You can receive anything from an espresso shot diluted with a finger of cold milk to a bucket of cow juice with a coffee bean waved over it.

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Delish café crème, as close to an Australian flat white as I've ever had in France.

After our coffee and a fair bit of chatting I took Susan to my preferred French fabric shop, La Victoire.

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We are the ones with heads.

Quite restrained we were, only a metre each. Susan was mindful of her baggage allowance and I'm trying hard not to let my stash overflow the (large) shelf on which it is currently housed.

It was a fantastic morning - it's always wonderful to hear Australian accents again and it was a real treat to meet Susan and P 'for reals'.

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I hope you enjoyed your day in Aix and all the best for your trip home!

20 comments:

  1. WE had the best time!!!! Your fabulous photos and funny words have just added to the wonderful memories of the morning we spent together! You are a very talented photographer! Peter thought his photo was pretty good too! LOL! Good luck over the coming days- we will be thinking of you! Maybe next time we catch up it will be in Oz!!!!

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  2. LMAO at your title, you sure are funny!!!!
    I'm so pleased that Suz didn't have to become the midwife and you both had a lovely time AND good coffee.
    Lovely photos as always and wow the Hermes window, crafting is really going mainstream!

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  3. What beautiful photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time! That store you were going into looked like a lot of fun!
    ~Donna~

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  4. Awww....so sweet! I also love Suz through blogland! And how perfect the Hermes window with all the spools...must have made Suz feel right at home :) You both showed much restraint in the fabric shop. I am afraid I wouldn't have been able to get past the display behind Susan....lovely!

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  5. Awe, what a wonderful read. I love that you included a photo of you and Susan in front of the fabric store. You both look so happy. I'm off to check out her blog. Hope to hear about baby news soon!

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  6. Yes I remember our holiday to Marseille, as a coffee addict I was nearly beside myself at getting a decent cafe creme or infact a decent coffee of any type. Do the french not like coffee? Erh when is that baby due, It's lovely to meet up with other blogger but should you not be putting your feet up rather than gadding about Aix in this heat?
    Anyway I'm sure the next week will bring you lots of excitement so take care and I'm looking forward to baby news.
    Big Hugs
    Pene x

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  7. Great photographs. I love the Hermes windows with the thread reels!
    Great to put some faces to names. :)
    All the best for the baby.

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  8. I so enjoyed tagging along on your trip around Aix - that little fabric shop looks so interesting!

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  9. How fun! Your photographs are stunning as usual and I have to say, you are an adorable pregnant person!

    Jennifer :)

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  10. Where is that bar/cafe? The rosé in the fountain is great!
    Meredith

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  11. It's in the Place des Trois Ormeaux, to the east of Place Richelme. Interestingly if you try to find it on Google Maps they have a typo - they call it Place des Lois Ormeaux - so you'd have to search for that. It looked very nice, not crowded due to it being off the beaten path, and I am very keen to get back there with hubby. Let me know what you think of it if you get there before I do!

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  12. I saw those Hermes window displays in Charles de Gaule Airport when we were there the other week - so cool. Your photos are amazing as always, just looking at that rose in the fountain is relieving the stress of our packing for the big move - can't wait to get to France now! Hope you don't have to wait too long for baby day.

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  13. Beautiful photos, you made me want to go! Thank goodness Susan rescued you before you went into that store! A pregnant lady in a bag store can be VERY dangerous.

    I hope everything is going well with your pregnancy, you look very well xxx

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  14. looks like a lovely day was had by all. and not having to push out a baby would have to be the icing on the cake, or the crème on the café crème.
    you look so fit and well and the bun is looking good. looking forward to hearing the exciting news

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  15. Did you see that booty on the mannequin in the red lingerie?!
    And you are going to have to tell me the name of this cafe with the good coffee and rosé cooling in the fountain, it definitely looks like one I'd like to visit x

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  16. Just discovered your blog. Beautiful photos. Good luck with the new baby.

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  17. Great blog! I've looked at all of your previous posts and you've got me super excited to visit Aix next week! Enjoy the new baby...

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  18. I've never seen your photo before, cute! You look like you'll bounce right back after baby comes. Ugh, I am so jealous. Its been 13 years and I still haven't recovered.....
    I am digging that photo of the chandelier, that is so beautiful. And that fabric store looks awesome. I don't have anything like this close by.

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  19. Seeking Kristy, but not desperatly because she's probably nursing as we speak :)

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  20. Hello Mummy Kirsty - cos I imagine you have had your dear little baby by now!!! When you get tinme please post an 'after' photo of that bump...
    And if you are a bit tired you might get a giggle from Noni Hazlehurst reading this book (NOT when the babies are around, wait till they are all asleep!!!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xtcB457jqQ
    Hugs and love, Jasmine in Newstead (vic)

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