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Dreaming of France: 29 Avenue Rapp

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Scrolling through my Instagram& finding this image, I’m surprised I haven’t shared this particular French door for Dreaming of France before. 29 Avenue Rapp boasts what might be the most famous door in Paris. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful.



Designed by Jules Lavirotte in 1901 it’s a striking example of Art Nouveau architecture and features the very risque sculpted Adam and Eve above the door. I first saw the building in the movie Gigi as the building where Gigi's Aunt Alicia lives and where Gigi goes for her lessons in how to catch the right man. Preferably someone rich like Gaston.

Naturally when Mark and I visited Paris, we had to pay the building a visit. What struck us about 29 Avenue Rapp was how many people just walk on by, as if were nothing special, just another old stone edifice, the door, just another entry. I think even if I lived on the block, even if I saw the building and its door every single day, I would still have to pause and take it in. Not a whole …

State of Britain

British places, English things, this is where I'm gathering goodies from the UK that have me dreaming of home, even though it's a 'home' I barely lived in, rarely traveled to. England is not just my birthplace, the land of my ancestors, it's the place that tells me who I am, somewhere deep inside. The love of flowers, of pretty English gardens and winding brick pathways, nurtured by my mother. 

Trebah Garden, Cornall Photo Credit: The Sunday Express

Of cozy British detective novels, enjoyed with a cuppa, again, my mother. Of the British Invasion, the Beatles, Herman's Hermits, the Stones. Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, mini-shirts, Twiggy, Yardley. Shakespeare. Sherlock. Do I sound like Hugh Grant in his ode to England in Love, Actually? Speaking of which ... British actors. British telly. The Union Jack. And Queen Elizabeth II, crowned in the year of my birth in Richmond, my middle name is Elizabeth in her honor. It's an old-fashioned Britain I dream of, one I doubt still exists, but the older I get, the more I'd like to get back 'home.’ 

London Blues:  travel memoir

Walk Like an Englishman: Taking a virtual tour 
Above Ground on the London Underground route
Day 1Flight of Fantasy

Day 2: I’ve gotta get out of this place


Day3: Dreaming of Osterley


Day 4: Heading to Syon

Day 5: Trapped on the Thames


Day 6: About that Fish and Chips Shop


Day 7: Going Home

Day 8: The Deer at Richmond Park

[My Above Ground Tour posts have grown too numerous to post here, I've moved my Virtual Walking Tour of London to its own page]

Think Small: Bekonscot Model Village & Railway






After I posted my swoon post for the Union Jack covered chair below, which I wistfully remembered as being part of a Ben Sherman display, I found the real Ben Sherman chair online, shown above. It was a promo piece created for store displays —just as I remembered! Here's the real Ben Sherman chair — not for sale unless someone's got one of Ebay or Etsy, etc —it looks a bit more comfy than the chair I found; they're both pretty gorgeous though.




I've been swooning over this chair ever since I saw it gracing a department store display for Ben Sherman menswear. I thought it was a Sherman design but it's not; the chair is a Lansky Studio design based right here in merry olde Los Angeles. Sold through Houzz.com for $599. I LUV that they've married French Roccoco with the Union Jack. Not comfy, perhaps but quite a conversation piece for a  hallway, corner or, you lucky ducky, a library.





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  1. Lovely piece Sim. You can add Doc Martin to that list. By the way it starts on UK TV Sept 7. Love the Union Jack chair btw.

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    1. Thanks! I love that chair too.

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  2. Great list! Podcasts from BBC Radio 4 give me a nice dose of Daily Britain.

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