i am now back in london with my two french straw bags….one bought in montparnasse that marie cybele also wants and one bought at the eurostar terminal that is petite version of the other which i wanted…

there wasn’t much summer sizzling….my shorts got one outing on the last day…but there was internally..

i visited the eiffel tower and chose the stairs as i’m freaked out about heights….

i didn’t even make it up to the first level…just half way up…gripping the rail and looking pale..

so back i went to terra firma..

i was wearing ellis’s….lace brown dress with a body suit and got a few shocked looks from old parisian ladies…

admiring ones too…(not from old parisian ladies)

and someone called me lady ga ga (hardly)!!!!!!!

LATER IN PRADA…. i saw the exact same dress in creme….so there!!!!

and many sweaters in martin margelia i drooled over….and wanted to take home!!

i had coffee in cafe flore outside and adore there cups whilst waiting for marie cybele to finish work..

with my elle magazine, and some lovely old parisian gentleman who saved my table for me…

another delicious dinner that night in the 11th adroissant…

i walked down the champs elysees as i was replacing my lost nars lipstick…

singing joni mitchells song about it…

… “if i had my way….i’d just walk through those doors and wander down the champs eylsees “….

we ate in an amazing africian restaurant that night….

last day i went to the centre pompidou to get my photo taken in huge poster format… as part of  a art installation,i waited for two hours, with a loud italian girl behind me who was really getting on my nerves and didn’t make lunch with marie cybele because of it…

people took photo’s of my mui mui shoe’s

the photo was awful so i left in the bin outside…(must have been all the negative thoughts radiated to the italian!)

headed to the marais for soap and lunch at an adorable cafe i went to earlier in the week and i found easily..

i met a girl having lunch who was lovely and works in fashion…she thought i worked in fashion too..

everyone thinks that…

she has been in paris 8 months and is loving it…

she said the city loves her…

she keeps getting given free clothes and showed me the jacket she had just been given…

i left the cafe in light rain and back to pack quickly and get to the eurostar…

i was sad to leave…..

on the train i met another french women who was very nice and offered to teach me french and to go and stay with her…

i won’t be doing either but enjoyed meeting her…

i got out the taxi to a newly painted house…

and they are doing up the corridor this week and sprucing everything up so that was nice…

it was a very inspiring visit for me…

now to learn french!!!!!!

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the last few day’s……..friday night we went to a mexican restaurant in the marais…….marie cybele’s friend knew the owner…….

earlier i went to the sacre cour to light candles and tell someone off who was going to take a picture of the Virgin mary….it’s NOT  allowed!!!

she tried to pretend she was spanish and didn’t understand but i wasn’t having any of it……

so back to friday night..

we zipped over there in a cab and  the restaurant was a shock initially…

tres tiny!!!!

the host suggested we have drinks before so we squeezed past those perched on narrow stools a door opened into what seemed the hugest space after what we passed..

very alice in wonderland….

we ate afterwards and the food was delicious…

i had one more glass of champagne and then went home…

i’m a lightweight in the drinking department…

after not being sure of the space i really liked it…

we all thought it was very sex and the city…

saturday i went to see midnight in paris near saint germain des pres…

i liked it….

after ……..dinner in a cosy monmartre restaurant that marie cybele and i went to earlier in the week…

i love it…

they were playing back to black….

so it was weird to  wake up the next morning and check into the news online for the first time in days to news of amy winehouse…

i wasn’t surprised……

one of my favorite lines of hers is………”i cried for you on the kitchen floor”

sunday and sunshine!!!!!

we went for brunch in monmartre……with magazines…

and had a snooty waitress that we felt like not tipping but we did

then the louvre…

then on for dinner which was Japanese…

here i am in paris and this is my third day…….

marie-cybele’s internet connection is down so am am writing this now on an outdoor table in montmarte after eating TWO!!! croissants and drinking TWO!! hot chocolates..

so will fill in my stay up to present time…

minus my pictures as i can’t see myself hooking up with all that unless marie-cybelle’s flatmate pay’s the internet like he was supposed too!!!

who can blame him there are too many other tempting things to do with euro’s here…

o.k. …

marie cybele met me at gare du nord with her new afro hair do…

( i will take pictures!!!)

WHICH LOOKS AMAZING..

and had already sent me a yikes email saying she forgot she had a best friends birthday dinner that night and would i mind if we went…

alot of her friends live in montmarte…so after dumping my stuff we walked up the hill to her freinds cute and very breakfast at tiffanys small apartment to meet everyone..

we walked into clouds of smoke..

luckily the french doors were open..

a small glass of champagne and then off to the restaurant…

next morning i went for breakfast with my fashion magazine…

then on to meet marie cybelle for lunch..

i got asked out to lunch at the eiffel tower on the way…

after lunch wandered around the marais…

and bought some luxe beauty products on the way home….

we went for dinner last night in a restaurant in rue de mont cenis with resident dog…

or he just seemed that way…

and as we were outside whilst marie cybelle had her cigarette, her friend whose birthday it was jogged past, he stopped to say hi and compliment me on my Vivienne westwood cardigan…

have i mentioned EVERYBODY smokes here!!

at dinner marie cybele dropped the magic words……..sample sale….

could my stay get any better!!!!

she has been working as the assistant to the new creative director at chloe and one is happening friday…

i’m leaving two days before but she will send me pictures of what i can choose…

i’m thinking tote????????????

i’ve been in the studio with mark……

i was struggling over singing the second verse…

it was really starting to get to me…

i swore…

and he said no swearing in the studio, it’s a postive space…..

i suggested what about in french??

he still said no..

we broke for a tea…

and i nailed it when we returned…

now just a small piece of the track i have to redo and get right…

teeny tiny..

today i went running and then played tennis for and hour …

i’ve already improved from my last game..

after we sat in the grass and ate nectarines..



i came across these pictures yesterday regarding an exhibition…..in capri of jacqueline onassis

paparazzi shots by settimo garritano..

i just love and ADORE Jacqueline onassis and her sense of style….

i got back from my FIRST….game of tennis in england…….

finally!!!!!!

it was soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun….

i had my new wilson racquet which i can sling over my back and balls from wimbledon…

there was no one else on the courts as it had been raining earlier and stopped just in time for our game

can’t WAIT for the next game……

sophie said………. i feel so sporty!

got home from my buddhist meet on sunday and lisa joined me to watch the men’s wimbledon tennis final..

she arrived with her yoga mat and promptly spread it on the floor so she could do the odd stretch throughout the match…

gutted nadal lost!!!

after she left i had a bath and listened to ocean waves………

there healing and it’s the nearest i’m getting to them at the moment…