Sunday, 21 March 2010

Aliénore goes to Angers

Last week I had to go to France to sort out boring adult stuff. I asked Aliénore if she wanted to travel with me.

"Angers? Angers? Is this a place full of angry people?"she asked.

So I explained that this was the name of my home town that I hadn't seen for a whole year . "You don't pronounce Angers as in angry but as in angel (Angers=anjé)"I corrected.

So Aliénore decided she would travel with me and was very excited to go to France for the very first time.


She was so excited to go on the Eurostar.



And 2 hours later we were in Paris in a taxi going to another station where we had to catch another train.




We drove past the Louvres and the glass Pyramid. Aliénore insisted that I took this picture to show you because she loves art so much.

Once at Montparnasse, Aliénore had been such a good doll that she was rewarded with a little ride on a carousel.






Then we jumped on the train and 1 hour and 30 minutes later we were in my beloved town.





An exhibition of Nikki de Saint Phalle at the Museum of Arts.



Something weird in the window of an art gallery.



Here is the gigantic medieval chateau of Angers ( built in 1230).




This is La Maison d'Adam( built circa 1500), and on the other picture you can see a very naughty detail that made Aliénore laugh a lot."Take a picture!" she said.She still can't stop giggling when she looks at this photo...naughty Aliénore!


Well, we just stayed 2 days, but it was the best 2 days I had in a loooooong time!How good it was to see my beautiful town again.But even good things have to end sometimes and we had to go back to England where my new life is.

Then, once back in England, there were 2 surprises waiting for me, a bad one and a good one:


1)-My adorable cat had decided it was time to fall asleep and never wake up again.Maybe she knew we were in Angers and wanted to be part of the angel town.She was going to be 18.The greatest cat in the world! (won't talk too much about her...)



2)-Edward ( thanks for the name KIM!) couldn't wait to show us what he discovered in the garden:

DAFFODILS!



Life goes on...

30 comments:

dale said...

Hugs to you for the passing kitty. :(

When we were in Normandy, my daughter bought a lamb at the stop and go, there are lambs all around there, then we had the lamb in pictures at all of the important places in Paris. Too cute.

Glad you and she enjoyed the trip, even if she is a touch naughty. ;)

Carousel Dreams said...

What a wonderful post! I loved the pic of little Alienore on that red seat on the train...too cute. I am so excited because in June, we are travelling to Paris! I can't wait to show my girls this beautiful city! I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your kitty x

my tiny studio said...

Wow ! What a lucky girl Aliénore is , she whent to France :)

Sorry about your adorable cat.

Rafael

Lize said...

Sorry that your cat went to sleep forever.

It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Angers. It looks to be a beautiful town, although the men there are very naughty, it seems!

And as you say, life goes on....

Zlatica said...

What a beautiful old town you lived in!
Aliénore and you had a great time...
(... that climbing boy is wierd! :)) )
I´m sorry for your cat - but 18 years is a nice age for a cat.

parlance said...

Oh, I'm so sad to hear about the death of your beloved cat. I hope you have many memories of love to comfort you.

The post about France was beautiful. What a wonderful city to have lived in!

Sans said...

My cat went to eternal sleep when we were on holidays too, a long time ago. So he is a veteran in Neverland. He will take care of your cat. He is very brave , has only 1 eye and is called Moshe. He will find her :).

Thank you and Alienore for the trip. Your train ride brings back memories :).

Gemma (Gempo) said...

Fantastic interview Patrizia, is logical your Aliénore excited. I like the name of the little man of green dress.
Wonderful pictures of your travel.
Sorry for your cat sleep forever. Best wishes

Heidi said...

I would love to visit your hometown! Kitties make such wonderful companions. I'm so sorry you lost your furry friend.

miniacollection said...

Il y a longtemps que nous n'avions pas de nouvelles de toi, je suis heureuse de voir que tu as pu retourner à Angers, même si cela fut rapide. J'ai l'impression qu'Aliénore a apprécié son séjour à Angers autant que toi. J'adore tes photos avec Aliénore, j'aime aussi sa jupe.
Angers est une très belle et intéressante ville. Mon oncle habite là-bas, avec lui j'ai visité beaucoup de choses dans les environs. J'en ai de très bons souvenirs. Cela doit faire du bien de retourner "chez soi" de temps en temps.
Je suis vraiment désolée pour ton chat. Le printemps et les jonquilles vont peut-être arriver à te remonter le moral. Nina aime ausi les jonquilles aussi.
Gros bisous.
Geneviève

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear about your kitty-they are like our children. I am sure she is playing and flying with the angels ♥ The pictures are all sooo fabulous- how I wish I could just jump into the pictures and be there with you and Alienore! What stylish luggage she has!! I am glad you had a chance to go home Patricia- I hope you have lots and lots of sweet Angers stored up in your heart to last until your next visit ♥ Ohhhh- the daffodils and Edward! I'm so anxious to see this sight where I live- I will once again be returning to your blog over and over again to look at yours!!! Have a wonderful week!!

a pink dreamer said...

hi!i'm so glad you had a nice time with your cute doll in france! but i cried for your cat especially when i saw this picture the kitty with the angel wings...
but you are right life goes on and the proof is your beautiful flowers!
have a fairy nice Spring my dear!!!!

sylvie said...

YES!!! LIFE GOES ON, et les photos d'Aliénore et sa petite valise.... oHHH.... c'est trop!!

Pandora said...

What an interesting trip and lovely photos.

Not many cats live for that length of time so she must have been a very happy feline. xx

Eden Clare O'Meara said...

Oh I just loved looking at you Paris adventure with you very pretty commrade! Such pretty images. Bless your darling kitty with wings!

Anonymous said...

Coucou,
Le petit jeu du prénom le plus créatif est finit est nous sommes 10éme ,o).
Bisous

Shashi Nayagam said...

Glad to know that Aliénore enjoyed the trip with you. What a beautiful little town.
I had a great time catching up with you and loved the Alice video.

jojo-caramel said...

Oh je ne connaissais pas le château d'Angers, il est magnifique!!! Aliénore semble avoir fait un très joli voyage ! Tu l'as emmenée chez Ladurée au moins ? Je suis désolée pour ton chat. Gros bisous et belle fin de semaine :-)

Tatieva said...

Oh, elle est charmante, cette petite poupée voyageuse sur le quai de gare !
Bienvenue en France, pretty girl !
Tatieva

Liberty Biberty said...

What a wonderful trip for Alienore! And what a fabulous town Angers looks.
Beautiful pic of kitty with the angel wings.
Oh, dear, daffoldils...that really means that the cold weather is on its way to my house for sure.
Mercedes

julietk said...

Thank you for sharing the trip, great photos. So sorry to read about your Kitty, Hugs to you. Juliet

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Patricia, for some reason, I'm unable to load pics on some of the blogs today. Not sure why. But I will be sure and come back by to see this. I've been MIA because I've been without computer access and will be again for a couple of weeks. But as soon as I return, I will be sure and visit you. I love to come here. Chloe sends kisses...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Carey said...

Hi,
I love this post. The pictures of your town are so beautiful. I hope some day I can visit there. I finally got my paypal account working so I will be stopping by your shop again.
Hugs,
Carey

Christine said...

My condolences on the loss of your pet cat:(

Hope you are doing well in spite of that sad news. Your photo shoot with your doll is superb!! If I live over there I imagine I'd be out and about more with dolls and camera in tow:)

verolacrado said...

J'adore Angers ! Mon homme a fait une partie de ses études là, et je n'ai que de bons souvenirs....
Gros câlin pour toi....
Muxu, muxu

Lorelei said...

:( Triste news. Vraiment desolee. Tres beau reportage photo d'Angers que je ne connaissais pas. Ici nous attendons toujours les jonquilles. Bises

mangocheeks said...

Thank you so so much for sharing photos of your home town and Alienores first visit to Paris, it brought back memories for me. I went to Paris for the first time last year and recognized some of the tourist places.

Sorry to read that you lost your beautiful furry friend. Thank you for sharing such an angelic photo too, an image that will remain with me - very powerful.

ladybug said...

Your fun post reminds me of the photos that I took of 'flat Terran' (made by my Godchild) who traveled with me to Oz. I'll try to post a few on my blog as well.

I too am sorry to hear that your kitty decided it was time to rest. That is a special kind of pain...filled with love from all the wonderful years you have. It is the hardest thing about sharing this world with things we care about, but I have always believed it is worth the cost. Peace and blessings to you as you deal with this transition.

My other reason for posting today is that I need you to send me your mailing address so I can send you your One World One Heart goodie now that I'm back home!

moniquelk (at) gmail (dot) com

Puppenstubennostalgie said...

Wunderschöne Bilder...

und schicke Dir auch gleich liebe Ostergrüße

von PuNo / Monika

DollMum said...

I had a kitty who also reached 18 years, she was called Stripy and was from a feral mum, but was the sweetest, best natured pussy cat imaginable. And our 14 year old boy cat went last November. So I know how it feels to say goodbye to a much loved cat. It looks like you and Alienore had a lovely brief visit to France - there is no place like original home, how ever happy you are with your new home.
Welcome Spring!