Quilting Travels – Part 7 France…
Musee de la Toile de Jouy… Montmartre… Marais… Louvre Les Arts Decoratifs…

Wednesday was spent travelling back to Paris on the train. Our quilting travels have turned cold and wet. Thursday morning we visited the Musee de la Toile de Jouy to see the stunning fabrics of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf (1738-1815) then onto Montmartre for lunch (duck confit, crispy roast potatoes… yum!) and a rather wet walk around the fabric shops.

Quilting Travels - Musee Toile de Jouy collage

Doing my best to ignore a head cold, we decided to go for a walk around the Marais area but as you can see the weather has taken a turn for the worse and it’s so cold. On the way we wandered through a market selling potted plants, a bit of colour on such a dreary day. Then through a hidden garden behind the wall in front of the Town Hall where they had some wonderful rhododendrons growing. We stumbled upon a sculpture exhibition in a cloister then found a nice little place for lunch… goat cheese, pear and honey on toasted bread. Once we were warm again we made a hasty retreat back to the hotel, cutting short our walk as the weather continued to worsen. I don’t care what they say about walking in the rain in Paris… when it’s cold it’s miserable, even in Paris!

Quilting Travels - Marais collage

As you can see the weather on Saturday was not much better. Just as well I had experienced the Eiffel Tower on a previous visit. We decided to head somewhere warm, so we spent the morning at the Palais Galliera enjoying the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition. Fabulous exhibit but unfortunately no photography allowed. Then we headed to Les Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre to see the Deboutonner La Mode exhibition, an exhibition of over 3,000 buttons. It was just amazing to see the variety. History told through buttons… social, political and industrial.

Quilting Travels - Button exhibition collage

The quilting travels continue… Part 8