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Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Goodbyes

Published Thursday, 28 June 2012 by Sydney Sunny

After the picnic in one park, Marine and Nicolas took me to another park to have a picnic! In such great weather everyone loves picnics in the shade after a long winter. This time we met with my friends again, Yumi and Karima. They all are my sweet precious friends!

We walked into the park and it was another forest like park- not sand paths and perfect grass and flowers. I always remember my lost love of the shade from trees. I am love the shade of trees and how the light dances between the leaves.

Walking in the shade on a warm day in a park is a favorite and simple favorite thing I like to do.

The “Parc des Buttes Chaumont” is in the area of the “Gare du Nord” , “Gard de l’Est” and “Basilique du Sacre Coeur”. It is up in this northern part of Paris pf district 19. There is not much tourist things to see in 19, so it was nice to be among the locals. There were children playing in the creek, mothers with babies, the young tanning, and the old strolling.

The bridge to the  little island with the little mountain.

I love this park. Also, there is a mountain! Well, not really, but like the Sacre Coeur it has a great free view of the romantic city of Paris. The view is on top of a steep tiny island with a mountain. On top sits a Greek style building to look from. I prefer this park to Sacre Coeur. I am often nervous in Sacre Coeur and hate the people there.

The Greek structure

 

The view of Paris- a little different then the normal view everyone thinks of, but this is Paris too!

Finally, we ate. After we walking in the grass and found the shade, we made a place to sit. I had a typical French sandwich. It is wonderful. It is simple too. It was about half a baguette with cheese and a tomato. This sandwich is a over priced golden tourist trap. Please, go to a Carrefour Market or a place to buy food. a Bagette is less then or around a 1Euro and the cheese is not expensive. Pick up anything else. You can just break the bread for lunch and have it with cheese. It is a wonderful to-go, picnic, and cheap lunch. You can save a little money but still have a nice French-y lunch!

A view of the picnics

 

We finished eating and packed our things because we were having dessert elsewhere.
At Baby, the Stars Shine Bright there was a party for Megu, a friend and worker, who was leaving to return home to Japan.

Megu at Baby

Praise to Megu time: I love Megu, and I am so happy to have become her friend over time. She is so sweet and beautiful. I never met someone who was so open and kind to me. Her sense of style and makeup inspires me to be like her! She is like a living doll!

The fabulous food

Anyways, Megu’s party was very large. There was food and drinks for everyone! I ate quite a lot, because of the chocolate pie and cheesecake. Never in my life have I tasted food like here in France.

The open doors at Baby!

 

The group of Megu’s friends

I talked with different people and looked around at everyone’s great outfits. In the end I felt that I could not go. I just couldn’t leave. Megu was a great friend, and I didn’t want to turn my back on her. I said goodbye to a dear friend in December and walking away from the train station was so hard. My legs again turned to lead. But, Megu say we will see each other again. I gave her a big hug. I pray that our lives will cross again.

Me,Megu, and Claire standing together. Megu is standing on the stairs in her high heel to be taller then me in my flats on the ground. Is she taller?

 

My tears came a little on the train. It was a brief overwhelming but controlled tear up. I was entering my last month in France, June, and I was sad. I have so many friends to say goodbye to when I leave. Yet, that is why I didn’t cry, I have so many friends.

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Spring in Versailles’ Garden

Published Thursday, 31 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

I took a long time to start writing this adventure because, not only my heart post, but this was my last adventure with Stephanie, just her and I. Now, I cannot imagine Versailles or Paris with out her. She and I met at the Baby Tea Party, but our friendship sparked quickly. She and I stayed up to 3 am just talking. We never shut up together. I am going to miss her!
Anyway, sorry for the sad start to this adventure! Because, this day had the most adventures!

On a Sunday, Stephanie and I went to Versailles. We thought going on a Sunday would help with the crowds, but it was so very crowded. I was overwhelmed. Only in February, there was a light crowd. We never waited in a line and roamed the palace and garden freely.

We only wanted to go to the gardens, so the line was very small.
In the Garden as we moved away from the palace, the garden became more bearable. Many paths on the side were empty with a few people wander around.

The reason I went back to Versailles is because I am love with the romantic Rococo atmosphere of the palace and the spring time garden. Plus, we wanted to twin in Lolita, which means to wear the same dress on purpose. Another dream come true!  The atmosphere of the palace was not felt at all. Since, it was covered with tourist at the time. But, I loved the bright green, lush grass, full flowers, and spring trees in the garden.
We also viewed the Musical Fountains. We sat there for 3 rounds! We started laughing, and romantically viewing the water dance.  One could believe we were part of Marie Antoinette with our frilly dresses.

 

By the way our dress, We are both wearing Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Dessert one piece, my favorite. I have the older version in pink, and she has the newest version in lavender. Girls from China (I think) spotted us and said, “Lolita?” The girls said that they wore lolita dresses too! She took pictures with us and in exchange they took a picture for us.

The morning started to turn to a dark gray noon. The clouds became heavy and the wind cold. I felt a storm. Stephanie took me to her favorite place. It is just to the left of the palace. There is a view of a garden of swirls and  a lake behind it. Stephanie said it was her favorite part.

The rain began to fall. Then we went into one of the many side doors in search of a bathroom. The bathroom we found had one toilet. I am sorry, but every situation I have been in here in France there has been a lack of respect for toilets. It was not fun, but I looked outside and the rain was pouring! I was happy to wait for the rain to stop.
We found this interesting room. The room was covered with wild black and white wallpaper and had a modern chandler.

Soon, we left. But our day was nothing but over!
Next stop DISNEY PARIS!

Beauty – be not caused – It is.

Published Thursday, 17 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

“Beauty is not caused. It is.” -Emily Dickinson

As an introduction I want to say, I was often annoyed with my photo class; however, it was one of my best classes here in France. The teacher always told us to make something or build something and take pictures of it. So, He wanted us to make something happen then take a picture of it. I, personally, prefer waiting. I love to go for a walk and find the sun at a perfect angle on the dew drop. I am not the one to go to a field with a eye dropper to make dew. This is who I am. I am a natural photographer. When I make something, I do take pictures to preserve the idea in the future. However, if I had the choice, the made object would be displayed as itself not a photo. Thus, the class pushed me to go past my comfort zone, and that is why I enjoyed it.
For my last project, the project was called “Les Mots”. The subject had to be words. I found a poem by Emily Dickinson that said what I felt during the class’s projects.

It is written in French because it was a French course, so forgive the simple language. – translation and explanation below.’


Beauté – être pas causé – Elle Est –

La chasser, et elle cesse –
La chase pas, et elle demeure –

Dépasser les plis

Dans le pré – lorsque le vent
Exécute ses doigts a travers elle-
Divinité veillera à ce
Que vous n’avez jamais le faire –
Emily Dickinson

Les photo dit – <<Beauty is not caused. It Is. >>   Ou  <<Beauté n’est pas causé. Elle est. >>

L’art est la beauté. On fait l’art, et on veut l’art avoir la beauté. C’est simple. Non, la beauté est différente pour chaque personne. Une personne verra la beauté, l’autre ne verra rien. Chaque jour, elle change. Dans le monde de mode, elle change très rapide. La beauté d’aujourd’hui ne sera rien dans les années.
La beauté qui est belle toujours est la nature. On ne fait pas. On veut la copie. La nature change, mais c’est la même chose chaque année : Le printemps- les fleurs colorées, l’été – l’arbre vert, l’automne – les feuilles colorées, l’hiver- la neige blanche. La nature est belle.

English//

Beauty — be not caused — It Is —

Chase it, and it ceases —
Chase it not, and it abides —

Overtake the Creases

In the Meadow — when the Wind
Runs his fingers thro’ it —
Deity will see to it
That You never do it —

Art is beauty. One makes art and wants it to be beautiful. It is simple. Not really. Beauty is different to each person. One person will see beauty, and the other will not. Everyday, beauty changes. In fashion, it changes quickly. What is beautiful today is not beautiful tomorrow.
The only beauty that is beautiful forever is nature. One can not make it. One wants to copy it. However, nature does change, but it is the same every year: Spring – colorful flowers, Summer- green trees, Fall- colorful leaves, and Winter- white snow. Nature is beauty.

//

I don’t think the teacher got my rebellious message, but rather my love for Emily Dickinson and nature.
What I meant was, I understand we have different ideas of beauty, but I appreciated your view and the other students’ work. But personally, I’m a bit of an old school girl. I love old artists more then modern artist. I like the “beaux arts” not the “art plastique”. Also, I prefer to take pictures of natural situations.

Don’t misjudge the teacher. He was really nice and slow with me! And, I got wonderful grades in this class.
And that is why I liked it. I was a challenge, but I still kept the sense of me.

Enjoy.

Spring at Last: Outside of Notre Dame d’Amiens

Published Monday, 14 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The beginning of May started with a promise of spring, but there was a relapse of winter. The city and I had on light winter coats to stay warm in the cold, gray days. The gray days were horrible. There was always the fear of rain because of the pressing gray clouds, and the sun ran away with the moon. After 10 long gray days the sun came back and warmer weather too! I hope it stays!

Here are some pictures of the outside of Notre Dame d’Amiens in the Spring at the end of April when there was sun!

The west entrance lights up in the afternoon sunlight. It is a perfect spotlight. The center arch is the final judgement with Jesus in the middle.

I read in my little souvenir book, that the facade of the west entrance is narrow. It is true. The cathedral in Paris has huge bulky towers compared to Amiens’.

The southern entrance it my favorite view of the cathedral! The entrance has a road lined with classic European brick houses. The main entrance is interesting with all the heavy statuses and sturdy bell towers. However, the southern entrance is more simple. The window is the main focus, and it is like lace – airy.

One of my favorite things about Gothic cathedrals are the backsides or the east end. Most often the building started with the western fount, which is Romanesque. The west is heavy and bulky. However the back is the end of construction? The backsides are always very Gothic, airy, and light. Notre Dame d’Amiens is special because it has seven semi-circle areas (?). In the inside, the darkness of the back is lit up very dramatically and on the outside, the view is like small pillars of glass!

In the back there is a park. It is a nice little area to sit under the cathedral. I sat here and read a little of Harry Potter tome 3. It is a public park, so there are a lot of tourist and locals.

When you come to France make sure to see the famous monuments and support them! If you take a day trip to Amiens, give a euro to the cathedral! It is a wonderful  monument that needs to stand for many more years to come!

Lets Keep it Simple

Published Friday, 11 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

I find myself attracted to simply dresses and skirts in lolita. Because of Lolita Wonderland‘s post, For the Love of Simplicity, I thought, I would share some of the dresses and skirts I love from the current spring/summer 2012 season.

First, Angelic Pretty is most known for the crazy sweet prints and bright crazy colors. There have been re-releases of famous and desirable that sold out in seconds and are still sold at crazy high prices. Personally, these are not my favorite dress. However, this season Angelic Pretty seems to have many softer dress that play more on the fabric and lace. They’ve been for the most part over shadowed by other things, which is normal.
I’ve chosen three dress or jumperskirts and two skirt, all of which are simple but lovely. Lets start! Clockwise:
Retro Doll is soft and light. It is simple but it is easy to dress it up with the large bow!
Mary Gingham is so old school. I love the Old School look but I am not fond of the limited colors, white, black, red, and navy. However, this Mary Gingham has a bright pink, light blue and yellow with the old school red and black.
Sugary Baby Doll is shown as the skirt and jumperskirt with a detail of the lace. I found this resent release so adorable. It is an easy wear for everyday in summer.  The cotton lace really makes it summery! Angelic Pretty often uses a tulle lace. I always love the lace details.
Vintage School is darker for then the other dresses, but I like darker colors too! The navy look is very popular this season.

Next is Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, my favorite brand. Baby is more known for simpler dresses! Of course, I love this! However, they also have popular prints that overshadow most of their lovely simple things!
Again, lets start clockwise.
Dessert One Piece is my dream dress! I bought it just a month ago! The dress is very detailed and airy. The sleeves are comfortable but still has a nice poof. The bodice is made with the usual think cotton lace that I drool over every time I see it. This dress is a remake; they’ve made a similar dress for the past few years. This one dress summaries the lolita style.
Pas de Deux is actually a ballerina print that I love. But, there is a plain skirt which is just as lovely. The ruffle and lace really make this skirt a lolita skirt. It is plain, but a wonderful skirt to dress up and down.
Arietta is a casual dress that falls out of lolita into casual.  The top looks like a nice frilly blouse but the bottom is just as frilly with lace and ruffles! I love the pastel colors and the easy look this dress possesses. Sometimes, I think, lolitas try to hard.
Karami Gingham is another old school dress. To be honest, I was not attracted to this dress when I saw it on the site but once I saw it in the Paris store I thought it was lovely! It is actually very detailed and pleasing on most people!

Now, I am not against prints. I have a few prints because I have a weakness for animals. I have skirts with the prints of fawns, bears, and bunnies! How cute! And I have a dress list with a few prints. Honesty, I am just more excited about seeing a plain simple dress on sale then a printed dress. Printed dresses or skirts are usually more expensive because of the ink. I would rather have a dress or skirt for less money but more detail in the lace, construction, and ruffles. That is just me.
And you?

I hope that you enjoyed a break from my traveling posts. There are more adventures always! Till then!