The meaning of “Au Revior”

Published Wednesday, 15 May 2013 by sydneysunnyray

When taught simple French, goodbye is simply “au revoir”.  

Top Left-My cutsew from Angelic Pretty // Top Right – My birthday present from Angelic Pretty //  Bottom Left- Hugs with Emilie // Bottom Right – Hugs with Rosalynn *All Photos from Rosalynn*

After the Angelic Tea Party, I felt like changing after the tea party. I wanted to be more comfortable at the end of the day. I talked with Rosalynn and Emilie. I know if we lived closer we would good friends. I felt like I’ve known them more than just 2 days! We said our goodbyes and parted. You can see the pain in my face as the hour drew closer to my plane ride back home. I walked to the Opera to met friends for dinner. I ate all day…

My last views of Paris as I walked with friends.

Marine, Marine, and Yumi found me, and we searched for a place to eat. Around the Opera there is a surprising amount of Asian restaurants! I think we ate a noodle restaurant. I chose a kimchi noodle plate. “Miam miam!”

My beautiful friends.

We walked back to the Opera. We just stood there and looked at each other on the steps of the Opera. We wrapped our arms around each other. Our noses became red, our eyes water, and we hugged tight. Surprisingly, we laughed too. Our words were not goodbye. The French never say goodbye.

My last view of my friends before I turned my back.

The French say:

A Bientot” – See You Soon
A Demain” – See You Tomorrow
Bonne Journee / Soiree / Nuit” – Good day/ Even / Night
Bonsoir” – Good night
Salut” – See Ya

When The French do say “Good Bye” it is – “Au Revoir”. However, this means “to see again”.  “Voir” means “to see” and “re-” means “again”.
The only word close to “Good Bye” is “Adieu” – “To See You With God”

My favorite part of French is the lack of “Good Bye” the language. Merci.

This is an ode of “Au Revoir”  to my friends I met and shared my studying abroad experience. I cried (openly or privately) when I parted from them. We never said “Good Bye” – only words in French and kisses on the cheek.
Vasilisa – My Russian sister of Amiens, I love you so much. I miss you. I will visit your wonderful country one day!
Agathe and My Family – I can never repay your kindness during Christmas. My French greatly improved with just a short stay with you. I will miss you every Christmas forever.
Marine and Marine- My Sisters, you took me under your wings. You showed me everything in France! You are my beautiful twin friends.
Karima– My Sister, your astounding english taught me so must French. You have such a warm heart!
YumiMy Yumi, My sister from Japan, You are so sweet. I miss your hugs, kind eyes and laughs. Thank you for answering my many questions about Japanese culture.
Mme Patricia and Marine’s Family – I will never be able to repay your kindness. I learned so much about France with you.
Rosalynn– My blogger sister, if only we had more time. You are so sweet and pure. I love watching you grow confident! Sing loud, dear!
Emilie – I admire you and your art! I am so glad I met you!
Samantha – I never thought I would meet you. You are the Princess of Fashion Blogs! You are always so kind to me.
Megu – You are a beautifulv, wonderful, girl! You are strong, cute, and fun. I look up to like a big sister! Forever 17!
Claire– Your smile always helped me feel better.  You gave me a complaint, which I will  always keep close to my heart.

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Paris– You stole all my money, but you keep it. You let me find amazing friends and people that I would never have found on my own. Thank you forever!

Parents– Thank you for your support. You always support my dreams. “Ya”ll” are my home
Friends in the States – Because of you, I grew happy to be living in the middle of nowhere again. Thanks!

I met so many people and did so much.
But, life continues, does it not? That is why I’ve not been able to post. With so much school stress finally over, I am able to rest.

Yet, only for a little time!
YES! I am returning to Europe (leaving this week). I will travel by sea with my mom’s best friend to Spain and Southern France. I am her traveling buddy! She does not fly, and I have plenty of time to be at sea and land. She was kind enough to  plan a stop in Paris! I will see some of my dear friends!

There is no “Good Bye”s in French. 

Angelic Pretty Paris Tea Party – 2012

Published Monday, 13 May 2013 by sydneysunnyray

The Vedome Column at Place Vendome

After the Lolita Convention I was whipped away on the subway to the magical land of Angelic Pretty. Angelic Pretty’s tea party was hold at the Ritz Hotel.  The Ritz sits at Place Vendome, which is home to famous expensive stores. The Ritz is not for the faint hearted. This is a 5 star hotel, famous, and Princess Diana fled to her death from here.

Hotel Ritz Paris

I was so excited to place my little pink feet inside such a famous and exclusive hotel. The Ritz is under construction at the moment till summer 2014.

The Tea Room

Lolitas in poofy petticoats were directed into a stunning room. The room glowed with chandeliers, the walls covered with romantic paintings, the carpet and ceiling full of gold swirls, and the full length windows open to a wonderful garden. Sadly, I do not remember the name of this room.

Tea, please

‘R’ for chocolate

Soon the room filled up with girls. everyone was given a number for a best dress contest. We were told to talk, take picture, and to have drinks or chocolate. Every girl was like a princess.
I felt a bit out-of-place. My style is not the over-the-top-sweet lolita style that Angelic Pretty is known for. To tell you the truth, I felt a lot out-of-place. I was very emotional this day because it was the end of my journey in France. I felt overwhelmed. I enjoy more looking back at the tea party, then when I was there. I felt horribly sad at the time, but happy!

Anyways back to the tea party!

Maki and Asuka

The hosts, Maki and Asuka, entered in all their glory! I was breathless by them. They were perfect little dolls in the newest Angelic Pretty collection. Their outfits were classical but pastel.  Their makeup was flawless too. I tried to take close up pictures of their makeup.

Me with Asuka and Maki

Not only were they pretty, they were nice. They went to every girl and talked with them, as best as they could. They also stopped for pictures when ever asked. I felt bad that they could not relax!

And Picture of Maki, me, and Asuka when I left.

I sat away to drink some tea. I watched others take pictures. I became strangely shy and nervous. I asked no one for pictures and no one asked for mine. Then Asuka came to me. She said that she like my skirt. I was flabbergasted! My skirt was very old school. (I found it cheap second-hand in France. My favorite Angelic Pretty skirt was at home in the USA! ) Asuka pointed at it and said it was old and rare. Then she said that she had the same skirt.
At once a “cheap” Angelic Pretty skirt became gold.
Also, she was happy to see my pink “BearFace” pouch!

Chocolate Rosette

As for the new collection, Angelic Pretty displayed the new Chocolate Rosette. The designers described the new collection as a bit different and English inspired.

Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake, Chocolate Cake, and Birthday Cake

I found the new collection beautiful and yummy.
There was plenty of chocolate and sweets for all to eat! I will not try to explain the taste of the wonderful cakes. The pictures of food porn can honor you with delight!

Happy Birthday!

At one point, the host called out names. I was one of the few names. We all stood in a line in the front. Then a cake that was on fire came in the room, and it was for our birthdays! My birthday was about 2 weeks before the tea party, so I was completely surprised!  I was given a little gift -a pony cell phone charm. I adore it.

Winner for Best Dressed

Also, I want to present the winner of the contest- “Marijke Wilms”. She has always been nice to me! She is also starting a wonderful store- Rose Trianon.

I had a lot of fun. Many dreams came true that day!

My outfit:

Me with the Angelic Pretty Tea Party hosts.

Skirt, Pouch, Hair Clip, Charm: Angelic Pretty
Blouse: H&M
Shoes: Secret Shop
Glitter Bow: 6% DokiDoki

Blog Post on Angelic Pretty Paris Tea Party 2012:

Lolita Wonderland
Lunie Chan
Kera October 2012- Scans

Lolita Convention 3 -2012

Published Thursday, 3 January 2013 by sydneysunnyray

Lolita Convention

Another event that happens in the summer is the Lolita Convention. It is around the time of the brand tea parties and Japan Expo, so lolitas from other areas can stay one more day in Paris with their friends. The convention was opened Sunday in the afternoon and all day Monday; the tickets were only 6euros. The event was easy enough to find – follow the lolitas and behind a hospital.

Lolitas everywhere.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Lolita Convention. Everyone was in their element- it wasn’t an Anime Convention nor a meetup in a public place. Everyone was dressed and talking. There were wonderful shops set up and a secondhand booth (to buy/sell). Sadly, I could not buy too much. I had two overstuffed suitcases  in my hotel that need to get on a plane with me. However, I did buy things. I bought a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Paris tote bag and a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright plastic barrette.

I use this for classes all the time!

Also, I bought a book. Which brings me to my favorite part about the convention! At the convention two artists were present to sign their books. I was so terribly excited. I love meeting artist and authors because I feel like I have a deeper understanding of their work. The two artists present: Francois Amoretti and Lostfish

Francois Amoretti signing my copy of Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui.

Francois Amoretti is famous in the French lolita community for illustrating Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, and more. His most recent work is Burlesque Girrrl. Once I fingered through a friend’s copy of  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, I knew I had to buy it! I searched forever and bought it at a good price on eBay France. Once I got the book, I learned he would be at this convention;  I was very excited. So, I spent the time leading up to the convention reading the book and enjoying its presents in my dorm room.  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui is rich in detail and depth, and the art is equal to it. What I love about Francois Amoretti’s work is his attention to detail. Through his work, I understood, he completely understood Lolita fashion! And I learned, he actually is interested in the fashion!
In person, he was very nice to talk to (he spoke English well). Also, he has a fun personal style of thick framed glasses and button up shirts. I think it is adorable!

Lostfish with my copy of Alice A Travers Le Miroir

Lostfish is an enchanting artist, I’ve seen floating around the web. I never knew she was France! Her art work is clearing inspired by dolls. The use of doll like features, color, detail, and simple composition forms her signature enchanting, yet haunting, art. I didn’t own her illustrated book; so, I bought it. The book is Alice A Travers Le Miroir (a full French translation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll). The book is large – as big as a “bande dessinee” or French comic book, and the paper and print is of high quality. Sadly, the book was expensive at the convention and fewer people came to her table, but I do not regret it!

Lostfish’s display

I want to thank the artist for taking their time to sign and to draw detail pictures in my books! I didn’t know that the artist would draw a large picture on the cover page! It was a great, wonderful surprise!  Francois Amoretti drew a bow on the main lolita girl simular to mine that day, and Lostfish drew Alice and her kitten for me!

The drawings! Top: Francois Amoretti’s Gothic Lolita // Bottom: Lostfish’s Alice A Travers Le Miroir

I thought I would show some pictures of me and my friends. I look bad this day, but it was because of stress and being tired. I was very tired and stressed. Not to mention, I was very emotional because it was my last day.

Mes amies sont trop belles! // My girlfriends are so beautiful!

I left the convention early because I had another tea party to go to! Sadly, I missed the fashion show!

I had to leave early and say my “a bientots” to Karima! This is our last hug!

Till next time, my dear!

PS: Samantha FancyMelody‘s outfit was my favorite! She wore my new “dream dress” – Alice and the Pirates Lilietta.

Japan Expo 2012

Published Tuesday, 1 January 2013 by sydneysunnyray

Every summer in Paris people gather. Maybe tourist or romantic couple can be seen in globs at museums, parks, and famous streets. However, Paris is more then a city with historical places. It is a new, modern city too with young rulers. Paris is home to Japan Expo the largest Anime/ Japanese Culture Convention/ Comic Con in Europe! This event takes place every summer in Paris around the end of June or the start of July – when exams are over in schools and universities. I hope to share with you some tips and personal fun time!

Aurore’s Japan Expo Poster for 2012

After my hassle of figuring out my last few days in France and flight tickets, I walked to FNAC in Amiens and bought a Sunday ticket for Japan Expo (JE). Places like FNAC is not only an entertainment store, but a great and easy place to buy advance tickets for events, concerts, and even museums. So, I was ready to go the morning after my full day at the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Summer Tea Party. Yet, getting to JE was tricky and I was nervous. The expo was outside of Paris and required taking the RER. The expo take place at the RER stop “Par des Expositions”, which is right beside the “Charles de Gaulle 1″. I find the RER to be a bit more confusing and troublesome to use, not to mention more expensive. Even though this troubled me, I was not too nervous about this. I bought my RER ticket for zone 4 in advance at the metro station. No worries. My worries was the hoards of people and finding my friends. My friends, the two Marines and Nico, were the experts who go every year and everyday. Although my hotel was one metro stop or a walk away from “Gare du Nord” RER, I took the RER all the way to the other side of the city to meet my friends. I walked over to the other side of my exit platform to take the RER in the other direction. Once we met, we all gave “bisous”. They handed me Birthday presents – that I didn’t expect, and I handed them “merci” gifts. Finally, we climbed on the RER train. The train was already crowded, but we found blessed seats- I believe, 5 people to 4 seats. As the RER went through Paris, people continued to get on and nobody got off. Men in suits could not get on in “Gare du Nord”; locals watched with annoyed faces; people on the train had cat ears on, funny clothes and lolita dress on (us) refused to move; the train filled over the legal capacity.

The entrance and inside had a lot of people!

The Marines and I with the protectors of Japan Expo! *Marine’s photo*

The Marines and I with the protectors of Japan Expo! *Marine’s photo*
In the end we made it. I followed my friends in the labyrinth to the entrance. Before I mention some of the highlights, I will say, “THIS WAS HUGE!” I have only gone to my little Anime Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, MTAC, before Japan Expo. There was so much and more then I can tell or remember!

Me and the artist Aurore BlackCat. *Marine’s Photo*

My first stop was to see the artist Aurore BlackCat. She became my favorite French artist while I stayed in France because of the “Bande Dessine” Elinor Jones. I badgered my friends to stop by her booth first before I forgot with excitement. I bought a small sketchbook, an Elinor Jones postcard and a pin. I was nervous to ask for her signature while she was working, but Marine kindly asked her to sign my postcard. I am such a fan of her art! It is very rich in color with a style inspired but not limited to Japanese manga.

Marine, Me, Karima, and Marine shopping. *Marine’s Photo*

We got free Hello Kitty shopping bags, I found my favorite booth,official Studio Ghibli, and we posed in a manga booth for Thermae Romae manga. *All from Marine*

Next, we walked around. Anytime there we were free, we walked among the booths. The booths were in groups of categories. I had a lot of fun looking at all the things people made or the cute things from Japan. Of course there were humble booths but also booths that were more like stores full of manga or crazy things. A whole section was dedicated to video games were the boys gathered. However, close by a Hello Kitty mascot had a crowd of surrounding her. Also, girls typing in there emails for a much need Hello Kitty bag to put all their goodies in for the day! And of course when you are walking around at a convention, you get to interact with people!

We are part of a classic ninja and lolita movie! *Marine’s Photo*

Our big event was worth the 2 hour wait. We went into a large area with a stage. We sat and watched a Cosplay and fashion show. It wasn’t super exciting, but after walking all morning, having a place to sit, and lunch felt great! Marine brought me a classic French sandwich that always tastes like a million dollar French dinner – a baguette with cheese and tomato.

6% DokiDoki’s shopgirls , Yuka and Vani, posing in the fashion show.

Finally, the Harajuku Kawaii in Paris fashion show started! All sorts of street fashion walked out in wonderful outfits! Of course, I found my favorite – Lolita. At the end 6% DokiDoki dances out. Yes, they danced out like crazy! I was so surprised! I love $6 DokiDoki! Their things are widely coveted for their great bright colors! Personally, I wish I could be as bold at Yuka and Vani with crazy color and clothing!
You can read about Lunie-Chan’s experiece as a model for 6% DokiDoki: HERE.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in concert!

Then then area got quiet. We waited for a long time. Then we heard it – the crazy pop music, and two dancer went crazy on stage to prepare the way for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! Kyary made her international debut in Paris, France, and I screamed along with the rest of her fans. Marine smiled and laughed at me. But, I was excited. I’m just a girl who grew up in hick-town in a hick-state. So never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see so many people that have always been trapped in my computer screen and iPod. So, I willingly played along with the hand motions and sang out with the crowd!

Here I am buying from the 6% DokiDoki shopgirls. I almost bought that dream skirt! oh. *Marine’s photo*

Afterwards, I got to go to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and 6% DokiDoki’s booth! I bought things from 6% DokiDoki – bows and stars. I was getting a skirt, but sadly, I didn’t have the cash on me! I was so embarrassed when I told them to stop folding the skirt. I swore I had a few more 50Euros on me! haha! But, I went shopping Saturday too! Silly. The Shopgirls didn’t mind, and I got a poster instead which they signed!

Sweet petite Asuka and Maki wearing Angelic Pretty’s newest collection …with a skyscraper- me. *Marine’s Photo*

Sweet petite Asuka and Maki wearing Angelic Pretty’s newest collection …with a skyscraper- me. *Marine’s Photo*
Later, we walked around to booths. The Japan Expo was on its last hour and last day. Yet, surpisingly, I ran into Asuka and Maki. We asked for a picture with them. I hope they didn’t mind. At one point Asuka turned to call Maki over for the photos, and I leaded forward. I lost a bit of my balance and put my hand on her lower arm out of reflex. Not a smooth move in the Japanese culture… She just looked over a bit more surprised then someone from a western culture. haha… smooth.

The Marines and I waiting for the train.

We left around closing time. Thus, the RER problems began again. There is a trick that you can play. Instead of taking the train to Paris, try taking the train going away from Paris and switch on the next stop. You might be able to find a seat and fight a smaller crowd. Yet, we didn’t for some reason. Marine figured out the train was the same or something. There was a “train crowd” police – like what is in London. So we lined up on the line hopeful for the door to stop in front of one of us.

Top: 6% DokiDkoi and Aurore BlackCat purchases Bottom: My birthday presents – a French Vegetarian Cookbook, Angelic Pretty hand mirror, and bunny ring (MERCI) // My outfit was full Baby, the Stars Shine Bright with Marine’s cuffs and Secret Shop tea party shoes.

I said my goodbyes and gave “bisous” at “Gare du Nord”, bought a smaller then normal baguette from Paul’s in the train station, and took the Metro to my Hotel. I was tired, but this wasn’t then end for me. I had one more day in Paris with my friends! Just one more day…

Bonus Videos:

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Paris Summer 2012 Tea Party

Published Saturday, 13 October 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The last 3 days in Paris and France were very stressful but amazing. At the end of June and the first week of July, I was cleaning and packing to return to the USA. It was hard to close my life over there and to pack my small suitcases. I can not explain all of the process, but the stress of it all was very rewarding. I left my cleaned room in Amiens and arrived in Paris for 3 days with friends!

My outfit: Pink Dessert OP// Everything Baby, the Stars Shine Bright but my wrist cuffs// Credit to Yumi

My Baby rose necklace with matching rose bracelet, and rose ring resting against my lacy pink dress.

The first day I went to Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Tea Party. I woke up early in the morning of July 7th because of the excitement! I dolled up in the hotel and left in baby pink! I was wearing platform pink shoes and had no where to hide, but I held my curly head up head in the metro till I traveled to the store to meet some friends before the tea party. I was the first to arrive. I talked with the store owner, M. Sawada, and looked around. I bought a few presents for my friends and a huge silver Baby ring. Then, my friends began to arrive.

Sweet Yumi in her blue dress resting in the store.

I don’t know who arrived when and how but people began to pour in as time went on till the store closed. First, Yumi arrived. She is my cute friend from Japan studying in Paris. She arrived in a newly bought blue dress that I absolutely adore on her. (If only my arms were shorter or the sleeves longer…) She and I were all smiles and hugs to be together! We met at Baby’s Tea Party in February, and I have cherished every moment with her so much! So, it was a special time for me to be with her again.

Me and Rosalynn chatting happily together. //Credit to Yumi

Then, I saw Rosalynn from Lolita Wonderland through the store’s window. I have followed and adored her blog for a while. She and I became close during my stay in Europe on Facebook chat. I have no idea how we started to talk or became friends. We were always talking and messaging each other. When the tea party tickets were announced, she and I both had our fingers crossed. This was a moment when our worlds could come together and meet! And, here we were meeting each other in person! We hugged and were very happy to touch. Rosalynn is such a sweetheart! She is just as her blog portrays her- a sweetheart in love with lolita! I was so happy to meet her, and without this Tea Party I would have never met her! Sadly, on my return to the USA we chat very little because of school and the time difference!

And also, I met Emilie! She and I met at the last tea party where we both shared our loves for the colors yellow and pink! She is adorable, and I always adored her outfits! She is very clever with her outfits too! One might say, I am a secret admirer of her many talents! Plus, she is a great artist.

Tasty, delightful, colorful,sushi waiting for us to eat it.

Soon- too soon- the store closed. This was my last visit since then to Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. So, Yumi took me to an authentic tiny sushi restaurant. She said the sushi tasted truer to the sushi in Japan; however, my taste buds are not sensitive! We had a great time talking and eating. Yumi even treated me to sake! She was surprised I liked it. Oh my! After our lunch, we had time to walk over to the Tea Party at Le Grand Hotel next to the Opera.

I was twirling in the empty tea room.

Yumi and I took the back entrance to the hotel. We both took this entrance when we came to the Anniversary Tea Party in February. We thought we were late. There were no other girls entering. We followed the signs and some workers nodded to us that we were in the right place. Yet, there was no one to greet us. Confused, I think, a man took us to the room and left us. The tea party was in the same hall, so we both knew where we were. Yet, the tables were empty. What did we do? We took pictures of the empty room.
Then M.Sawada appeared at the door and was surprised to see us. With him was a small, pretty, woman with a bob cut in “muggle” clothing- Midori. Yumi and M.Sawada talked in Japanese. What I got from the conversation (Yumi’s help) was that we came in the back entrance and everyone is waiting at the main entrance to be let in. M. Sawada was not mad by any account he just directed us to the correct place to wait, smiling and bowing.

Outside a sea of girls (with a few boys) were waiting to go inside. There was girls in over-the-top sweet, classical, bittersweet, goth, simple, pastel, dark, natural hair, wigs, bows, and bonnets. The mix of styles was like looking at a Tumblr feed of the lolitas. Plus to the many styles, people were from many places. Last time there were few girls outside of the French speaking countries, but there were girls from Germany and even Russia!

Claire explained the events in French and English.

Waiting for my ticket to be checked and entering the tea room was not very exciting. Yumi and I, both, were spoiled by our early visit. For the gift, I received tiny pins of the currant popular prints from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates.

I choose the Black Forest cake with silver on top.

Everyone standing, chatting, and taking pictures. Emilie is posing in the

front.

This pretty German girl looked so cute in pink and her bunny!

Another girl who was cute as pie!

First, Tea and Sweets were served and every chatted and took pictures for a long time.

Midori with her book, Classical Doll.

Second, We were told to return to our seats for Midori’s entrance. She modeled the new Cinderella collection. I love the dress because it is so princess-like but also elegant!

The Cinderella dress’s print up close is stunningly elegant.

I felt like the design of the tea room mirrored the elegant print on the dress.

After she came in and modeled, the Cake made an entrance, and everyone had more sweets. I love this cake. I don’t know what kind of cake it is but it has to be made with French magic.

Midori held my hand, I smiled my super silly, excited smile.

my ticket, signed postcard, and pins

Then Midori held a little contest for her book by Rock-Paper-Scissors (which I lost horribly). And, then she sign the winner’s books and postcard for everyone else. For each person she talked to with the help of Claire, she looked at everyone’s outfit (she liked my little Baby- store ribbons), she would hold everyone’s hand, and smile for a picture. She seemed so calm, nice, and grateful to be with everyone.

This beauty won the best dressed of Alice and the Pirates. She sat at my table, she was from Russia, and she was just stunning!

Finally, the exciting hope of getting free pries by a drawing. Sadly, nothing for me! haha! And, the best prizes to Best Dressed by Midori’s Choice – which I agreed with!

Fin.

Yumi, me, M. Sawada, Emilie, and Rosalynn posing together for a final picture!// Credit to Rosalynn

Check out these blog post for more pictures and information:

Lolita Wonderland

Fancy Melody

Totoro’s Adventures (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)

PS: Sorry for the TOTAL abuse and lack of posts. I just hate to think about my last days in France… and be stuck in the middle of nowhere again! Maybe after all my French posts, I will be able to find fun things to write about again even if I am back to a boring university student! Till then!

“This is ridiculous.” “This, Madame, is Versailles.”

Published Friday, 10 August 2012 by Sydney Sunny

My last visit for a while to Versailles was shared by my good friends. A visit to Versailles shows a few new things every time. It is as though Versailles has secrets. The place is constantly being filled with different information, the massive gardens are ever changing with the seasons, across the way the Petit Trianon hides behind the garden side, and more fields and garden hides behind her. Easily one could spend a life time at Versailles.

Dark clouds loomed over Varsailles but the day grew brighter the longer we stayed.

Marine and I arrived by the wonderful RER, and Karima, by bus. We where not the early birds at the palace. The line was so terribly long at the doors to the palace. So, we decided to walk around in the gardens first and have a picnic by the lake. The garden’s main avenue is often full of people, but the said  paths are wonderful to wonder along. A new fountain or statue will always appear.

It was really, really windy.

The swirls are full of flowers.

There where modern sculptures in the garden around the palace. This one was my favorite because of the swirls which mimicked the garden’s swirls.

Credit to Marine: We stood behind a small lesser known fountain, but beautiful non-the-less!

After walking around in the garden, we headed to the lake. Karima says she often comes to the Versailles gardens to have a picnic with her friends when she is in school. Part of the green way was blocked because of a miniature firing canon boat on the lake. However, we found a nice area right beside the lake. We ate our packed lunches, talked about everything, watched the swans, and laughed about nonsense.

Credit to Karima: Our little picnic blanket was wonderful to sit for our lunch time!

I thought my friends looked so beautiful this day. Their outfit were not fancy or over the top. They were effortless. They were simply enjoying their favorite clothing during the weekend on a day out with friends.

I stole a picture of Marine when she smiled at me!

I also stole a picture of Karima smiling!

After our tummies were full, we wondered back to the palace.
I’ll give you a tip: If you are 26 and under with a visa for Europe or live in Europe, you can just stand in line at the gate. You do not need to buy/ receive a ticket. This is important because it is a long line for tickets and an other long line to enter in the gates pass security. To the buy tickets go to the left. There is a boutique too. Also, the rooms are very interesting. I found an unfinished room that reminds me of the horror that happen to the royal family.

“I’m just saying good-bye.”

The palace had a wonderful display of the history of Versailles. I wish there was a book I could have bought to read later with this exposition. There were old paintings of Versailles palace that I imagine the rich looked at to design there own chateaus. There were nice miniature displays of the different periods of Versailles. My favorite was a display of the Opera and I think, also, Marie Antoinette bedroom.

And of course, the wonderful palace is always there. I love the beginning with the long stone halls before the rich rooms. The halls are lined with kings or important men. The black and white floor is playful to the eye. And, I love large windows that cast a magical light.

Karima posing front of the large windows.

Once I enter the luxurious rooms, I forget about every thing. I am overwhelmed by the details of the walls, ceiling, furniture, paintings, frames, and colors. I love to look up at the ceilings at Greek myths and almost fall into the sky of blue and gold. The wallpaper shines with all the crystals.

Looking up to find the fleur de lys, paintings of war, justice, and hope.

Details of the luxuriousness of a Versailles room. Luxuriousness is all in the details.

I love chandeliers, and Versailles is a dreamland of chandeliers.

My favorite room is Marie Antoinette’s bedroom. It is stunning!

The mirrors in Marie Antoinette’s room has an infinity of chandeliers!

Here is another tip:
Don’t be the semi-early-bird. You need to arrive before it opens to be there with the least amount of people! However if you are running around or like to sleep in the morning, try arriving 2-3 hours before it closes or after lunch (after 14h/2pm). The line is not as long, but there will still be people but not as pressing!

” There are a lot of people at Versailles today. ” (Hall of Mirrors)

Versailles is not just a palace, but a museum. And, they don’t just have historical expositions. There is sometimes modern art incorporated in the scenes of the palace.
Personally, I could have the palace with no modern art in it ever! In it’s pure form. But, I understand the need to big the local French to the wonderful palace that is in their back yard more often.
When I went, the art was made by Jaona Vasconcelos. Her art was bold and interestingly crafted. The ideas were fresh and unseen by me.
Her statement:
“My work has developed around the idea that the world is an opera, and Versailles embodies the operatic and aesthetic ideal that inspires me.”
“Interpreting the dense mythology of Versailles, transporting it into the contemporary world, and evoking the presence of the important female figures that have lived here, while drawing on my identity and my experience as a Portuguese woman born in France, will certainly be the most fascinating challenge of my career.”  – from the Versailles Site

Joana Vasconcelos Versailles catalog

A pair of high heels made of cooking pots in the Hall of Mirrors.

A strange, turning sculpture made of plastic spoons contrast the elegant painted ceiling.

This sculpure is the same as the black. The two twins were at the ends of the Hall of Mirrors.

My favorite was marble(?)lions covered with lace. It is very strong  but “romantique” – like all women.

A small detail in Versailles is the writing on the mirrors. Some names dated 100 years ago! It is a horrible detail that hope doesn’t happen now, but somehow it is romantic. I wonder if these people are still alive or a relative has come to Versailles to see their Grand- something-or-another’s name.

The writing on the mirrors.

Afterwards we took pictures outside in the front. I love the front’s square with the black and white floor. It is a perfect place to take picture and would have been a stunning welcome to Versailles in the age of the Kings and Queens.
We had a wonderful, wonderful day together!!!

Marine, Karima, and I are in the front!

The golden gates are something to celebrate!

Finally, I want to talk about Lolitas and the entry into Versailles.
I have heard from word that sometimes lolitas not allowed into Versailles, and even read on Princess Sui‘s blog about it!
I have gone to Versailles 3 times in the past 6 months! I do not understand how I have slipped the fashion police!
The first time I had a pink blouse and pink jumpskirt! We were dressed up. And taking picture, but it was during low season.
The second time my friend and I twined in a one piece dress! We only went to the gardens but the workers loved our outfits! Also, Sui wasn’t allowed in the gardens in her lolita outfit!
And, I got by the third time in my most casual outfit!

Tips to get into Versailles*:
Don’t wear a huge bow –wear simple hair bows or put them on later
Don’t wear a big wig –  go natural or if you must wear a natural looking wig
Don’t wear sweet prints –wear a darker print or classical print
Don’t go crazy with makeup- wear natural makeup! *you are beautiful*
Don’t look like you are going to have a photo shoot – place cameras in purse
(they don’t want you clogging the halls/ rooms. And you need to pay for that, silly.)
Don’t act silly – be normal.
If you are nervous, take extra clothing. Better to see Versailles, if it is your only chance, then to have to skip it!
You will not be able to look like Marie Antoinette! It is the same idea with Disney and how you cannot look like a princess or Disney* character.
*Also, this works for Disney.

My casual lolita is something I wear daily when I go out. This is  my most casual outfit at Versailles!

My outfit:
T-shirt, Jacket, Skirt, Socks, Key Necklace, Folding Umbrella: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Purse: Juicy Couture
Bear Face Pouch: Angelic Pretty
Pink Flower Clips: H&M
Mary Jane Shoes: Clarks (*RIP*)

Marine:
Print Skirt, Blouse, Socks: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Heart Purse: Angelic Pretty

Karima:
Jumpskirt, Hair bow: Alice and the Pirates
Tote Bag: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

So, see, you can get in Versailles in Lolita!

Thank you friends, for a wonderful day!

My next posts will very exciting! Till then

Visit Totoro’s Adventures! He has many tales of Versailles and MORE!

Oh, Paris!

Published Wednesday, 18 July 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The best place to start is Notre Dame.

Another day in Paris, as the month June rolled along. The weather had been a little hot of the past few weeks as summer started to bloom. I was ready to try once again to go to the towers of Notre Dame.  I had longed to go up for so long but the lines are long too. Plus it is only weather permitting. Finally, there has been great weather! However, it did not hold out. The cloud crept in as I made plans and the wind blow cold.
When I met in Paris for my friends, the rain drops started to innocently fall on me. Why now?

Waiting in line for the towers gave interesting views of the side of the famous cathedral.

We did get in line for the Tower Tour (facing the front- the left), and we did wait for a wait but suddenly the rain poured from the heavens! I was distraught. The rain was miserable for me and my friends. I was the only one bent to go to the towers. So, I gave in. I hate rain, cold, and hunger.

The gargoyles perched on Notre Dame before their mouths because full of water.

So off we went, to the joy of the people behind us, to find a place to eat. We went to the Opera looking for some sushi. I have a deep love of sushi now and the Opera has a great selection for sushi, Japanese, or Korean food.

The Opera is always beautiful!

A funny situation unraveled when the boy ordered a bowl of white rice to accompany their sushi. They put a little shower of soy-sauce on the rice. Yumi, who is from Japan, laughed in surprise and amazement. She told them that it is considered rude to put soy-sauce on plain rice. I have heard of this but to see Yumi’s eye light up with the cultural difference made me smile.

Totoro watches and drools over the yummy sushi. There is cucumber,  avocado,  and pickled radish sushi.

Afterwards, we went to our favorite shops in the Bastille area, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Les Fleurs, and Boddywood.
I only bought something from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. I bought about 3 pairs of sock and, I think, a few other things.

The little store I talk of, 6 Rue de Keller, Les Fleurs.

I really want to talk about Les Fleurs. I think, it is the name of the store. It is located on Rue de Keller and number 6. The store is full of unique homemade things. It reminds me of a real Esty store location. There are elegant, cute, and fun things. I had my eye on a crystal collar, I fingered the clock necklaces and I laughed at the mustache necklaces.

A vintage scooter next to the store that I believe a worker owns.

Time was running short, and we wanted to use our all day metro tickets. So, we went to Montmartre. I hate walking up the stairs to the Sacre Coeur. The stairs have people sitting, performing, tieing things on your arm, touching you, and just being loud. The area is not a relaxing area. Also, the Sacre Coeur is beautiful but does not interest me as Gothic Cathedrals do.

Sarce Coeur sits on a hill and has a great view of Paris.

However, it was easier because my French friends were with me. They guided us though the men saleing bracelets and the people seated on the steps. Once in the artist district, we looked are the artist and shops. Marine and Yumi got some ice cream.

Nice cool ice cram is starting to melt by the time they have their pictures taken.

The graffiti is very interesting at Montmartre.

We parted for another time. I waited for my train and returned to Amiens, till next time.

There is nowhere to sit and wait for trains in Gare du Nord. I like to find a metal post in front of the train tracks.

 

A nice welcome back to Amiens.