Paris in twelve hours or less

It's been a bit of whirlwind here with two knitting-related shows, my hubby travelling, my mom visiting, and my little guy on half-term. And through all of which I still have this nagging cold. Unfortunately, it's meant that the blog has suffered.

Can I make it up to you with pictures of my day out in Paris last week? I arrived at the train station WAY too early, but with plenty of time for this:

Valentine's Day silliness in the Eurostar departure lounge at London's St. Pancras Station.

Valentine's Day silliness in the Eurostar departure lounge at London's St. Pancras Station.

Then it was off on the train to Paris and the l'Aiguille en Fete show:

Luckily for me I was able to tag-along with Jenny and Catherine who knew just how to get to the Porte de Versailles.

Luckily for me I was able to tag-along with Jenny and Catherine who knew just how to get to the Porte de Versailles.

The place was a total CRUSH of knitters and crafters, so most of my photos are jostled and blurry and I tried to be as steady as I could:

This yarn-bombed tree that was part of the display in one of the booths totally made my day.

This yarn-bombed tree that was part of the display in one of the booths totally made my day.

This shawl captivated me with it's mix of textures and colours.
This shawl captivated me with it's mix of textures and colours.
As did this scarf that we marvelled over the construction trying to figure out if it was intarsia or duplicate stitch.

As did this scarf that we marvelled over the construction trying to figure out if it was intarsia or duplicate stitch.

A highlight for me was seeing the L'Oisive The et Tricot booth, since there wouldn't be an opportunity to go to the actual shop:

Look at that wall of SweetGeorgia Yarn! Just a little bit of Canada, in Paris!

Look at that wall of SweetGeorgia Yarn! Just a little bit of Canada, in Paris!

My single skein treat of the day came from their booth:

Juno Fibre Arts Buffy 100% Blue Faced Leicester in Rainbow Speckles. Custom dyed for the shop.

Juno Fibre Arts Buffy 100% Blue Faced Leicester in Rainbow Speckles. Custom dyed for the shop.

It was hard after that not to buy anything else!

This vest in Icelandic Lopi also caught my eye! Next time...
This vest in Icelandic Lopi also caught my eye! Next time...

When we were mostly yarned out, we decided to see what other sights Paris had to offer:

Ah Paris!
Ah Paris!

Around the corner from this little street in Les Halles we found La Droguerie:

A Paris yarn shop housed in what used to be a pharmacy.
A Paris yarn shop housed in what used to be a pharmacy.
Yarn-y wares are arranged by colour and when you're served you can order it by weight/yardage.
Yarn-y wares are arranged by colour and when you're served you can order it by weight/yardage.

Then there was barely enough time for a bite of steak frites and red wine before we headed back to Gare du Nord for our trip back to London.

The tiramisu for dessert was delicious!

The tiramisu for dessert was delicious!

While Paris was done in less than twelve hours, the actual travel day involved leaving the flat at 5:15am and not getting back until about 11:30pm. Completely knackered and walked off my feet, but also completely happy! A big thank you to my DH, who was kind enough to send me for the day.