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Barbie for big girls.

Paris Fashion Doll Festival 2013

Paris sightseeing aside…it was time to attend the event that brought us all to Paris…The Paris Fashion Doll Festival.  This year, the Barbie event was held on a boat so we needed to make our way from the convention hotel over to the Seine River and the lovely Eiffel Tower that stood in majestic splendor over our point of departure.  It was a frigid morning at the Tour Eiffel but we still managed to take some photos and enjoy our time…and enjoyed stopping at a café for some chaud chocolate or thé au citron afterwards.

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Our intrepid group…Dan, Carole, me and Hilda.  Many thanks to the lovely Spanish couple who took this photo for us.IMG_2437

After a quick stroll through the Eiffel Tower’s surrounding grounds and neighborhood….

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We arrived at the Bateaux Parisiens for our most fabulous Barbie luncheon on the Seine.

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The weather albeit cold was not rainy so it was possible to enjoy the sights of Paris as we cruised down the Seine River sipping Kir au vin blanc and eating foie gras…heaven!  We all had the opportunity to see these sights.  I, however, was having way too much fun talking to new Barbie friends so I did not pay attention to the beautiful sights passing by me.  I had the extreme pleasure of sitting with not only my Barbie buds pictured above but also the lovely Rebecca from Paris.  Folks, if you liked the “updo” tutorial I did on this blog, you should be thanking this woman.  She was the one who inspired me to do it.  When I grow up, I want to be as chic and lovely as Rebecca from Paris…that’s my goal.

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Photo credit:  Photo generously taken and shared by the fabulous Carole (Yes,  I am still lusting after your phone camera )

One of my best buddies ever…the person I played endless hours of Barbie with as a girl..my sister from another mother…Carole.  This trip was so much more than another Barbie experience.  It was a trip to celebrate life and the living of that life to the fullest.  So happy to have this experience with you my sister.  { Sniff, Sniff …okay on with the program}

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Photo credit: taken by my new Barbie buddy Rogier

I also had the opportunity to meet and visit with a fellow blogger and new collector Rogier.  Meeting Rogier and his partner Ruben was one of the highlights of my trip.  We had conversed about various Barbie things via email for the past couple of months so it was an extreme pleasure to meet him and get to know him and Ruben better. 

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Ruben and Rogier

Rogier also writes a fabulous blog with a fresh and very interesting look into Barbie..particularly Silkstone..collecting.  If you love Silkstone, I highly encourage you to visit his blog.  I simply love how he shows us his love of this hobby through his photos and words.  It’s infectious… in a very, very good way. http://dutchbarbieworld.wordpress.com/

I also want to say a big “Thank You!!” “ Un Grand Merci!” to all my readers who came up to say hello.  It was so very lovely to hear that people are enjoying the blog and I very much appreciate you taking the time and making the effort to come and tell me that.  I am humbled and completely honored.  These wonderful French collectors also get extra credit for standing there and listening while I butchered their beautiful language with my pitiful attempts at it.  I have decided that I simply need to come to France more often so I can practice and get better at it….yes, that is my plan.

I was having so much fun, I almost…almost forgot that we were going to get a doll at this event.  A special Silkstone Barbie was given to all attendees and she is a beauty.  Her name is “Paris Luncheon Ensemble”

Paris luncheon ensemble

Photo credit: Mattel

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Ahhhh!!  She is in pink!!!  Happy

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Photo credit:  The lovely Carole again…with the lust inducing phone camera..I’m not bitter..really.

It was another great day in Paris.

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17 responses

  1. Less vacation pictures, more doll collecting!

    March 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

    • Ah yes…everyone is indeed allowed their own opinion and the opportunity to choose to voice it. In the words of one of my favortie characters from one of my favorite authors:

      “–yet, sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often. Best to say nothing at all, my dear man.” –Albus Dumbledore ( J.K. Rowling)

      March 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

  2. I was also a highlight for us. And I hope we will see each other at many conventions in the future !

    March 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    • I am sure we will be seeing eachother in the future Rogier!! 🙂

      March 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

  3. Suzanne

    Great photos thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us whom can only dream of going some day. Suzanne

    March 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

    • Thank you for the lovely comment Suzanne. I am happy you came along and enjoyed the ride with me. You never know when dreams can become reality 🙂

      March 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  4. Carole (the friend with the phone camera)

    Paris was so beautiful (even with cold weather, snow, ice, and wind) and my traveling companions were fantastic. I also really enjoyed meeting Rebecca and Hilda’s doll community friends (Dan, Rebecca, Rogier, and Ruben) – they were so welcoming and friendly. Rebecca – thank you so much for asking if I’d like to come to Paris. You can ask me that question anytime!

    March 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    • Thank you so very much my sister from another mother! We certainly have life long memories from this trip don’t we. Thank you for showing me with your strength and wisdom how to live a truer and fuller life every single day. You are my inspiration and the song in my heart. Carpe diem my sister…Carpe diem!

      March 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    • Carole

      I forgot to mention what a treat it was to meet Gianni and Mario! Gianni, if you are reading this, I would love to take an embroidery class with you in Paris someday. I’ll have to *seriously* work on my French beforehand so I could follow along. 🙂

      March 31, 2013 at 9:32 am

  5. oh la la … in another life, can I be YOU?

    March 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    • Oh my..why on earth would you want to be me?…you have way cool friends and an amazing talent. I was thinking I would like to tag along with you on a photoshoot and learn 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful encouragement and advice. I truly appreciate it.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  6. lovindollz

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us. I really enjoyed seeing pics and reading about your trip to Paris. I would like to visit there one day.

    Demetria

    March 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    • Thank you for the lovely comment Demetria! I am glad you enjoyed the photos and journey through Paris. I hope you visit some day. It is one of the most beautiful cities.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  7. Just love it all – thanks so much for sharing these pictures, connections and memories!!!!

    March 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    • You are so very welcome my dear Peter. Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement. Always love to hear from you 🙂

      March 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm

  8. Rebecca from Paris

    Dear Rebecca,
    it was wonderful having you in my hometown. You are too kind and far too modest, as you already are very chic and so lovely. Looking forward seing you in LA this fall. Rogier and Ruben, let me thank you through Rebecca’s blog for the marvelous and thoughtful table gifts you honored us with. I’m sure Rebecca’s talent will feature them soon in one of her posts. Thank you all very much for these nice memories.

    March 30, 2013 at 4:48 am

    • It was so very wonderful to visit and get to have lunch with you Rebecca. Thank you so much. I look forward to seeing you again in L.A.!!

      March 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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