Friday, December 21, 2012

Roman ruins in the rain and thrifted purple coat


I can't believe it, but I don't think I've ever shown you this purple chenille coat I thrifted in Canada years ago. I think it's handmade as there's no tag and a sumptuous hot pink lining. I love it, but I don't wear it often. I call it my Granny coat as the cut seems a wee old-fashioned. Even so, I like the details: the purple buttons, the shorter sleeves, and the slight gather at the shoulder where the sleeve starts. The handbag and gloves were also thrifted.


We went on a little field trip yesterday to the town of Vienne, about a two-hour drive west of here and a little south of Lyon. It is known for its Roman ruins, like this old theatre, which sits smack dab in the middle of the old town. Vienne is right on the Rhone river and I must admit, the gushing brown waters couldn't compare to the crystal clarity of the lake and river in Annecy.


Still, it was a fun excursion. It was a crappy rainy day, not suited to jaunting around outside too much, so we went to the Mussee Gallo Romain (the contemporary building you see here in the background) located across the Rhone from Vienne, which was built around the archeological site of Saint Romain en Gal, a Roman district that existed around the first century A.D. to around 50 A.D. The baths and lavatory are pictured here.


An old Roman road on the site. Note the raised sidewalk on the left! Hey, we know the Romans were pretty civilized. Apparently the sewage pipes ran under the sidewalks (and you can see a good many pipes in the actual museum). The higher sidewalks also meant people weren't splashed by all the muck on the street.


Over the river and a top a hill, you can see the old Roman lookout, presumably.


We did the tourist thing and rented the (English) recorded tour (but read a good many French placards inside the museum). Thursday was the day to go as admission was free, free free! (But normally only 4 Euros).

TIP: In the summer months, the museum powers that be haul out some of the mosaics, which are inside the museum during the cooler months, and place them back onto the floors of their original homes where they were discovered. Only the foundations and the beginnings of the walls of the structures are standing, but I'm sure seeing the mosaics in their original setting would be pretty-awe-inspiring.

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  1. Thanks for sharing that lovely wee part of France I had no idea existed!

    I go gaga for Roman ruins (go figure) and whenever I go to Europe I must see as much as I can.

    Do you miss the snow?

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    1. I love seeing Roman ruins too and have seen more in the south of France - I wonder if us Canadians go ga-ga over them as we lack the old, old history?

      I do kinda miss the snow - we had it here but then the warm temps came. But if you look up,you can still see snowy mountains, so it's the best of both worlds. :) Happy holidays to you! Xo

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  2. Interesting about the mosaics. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon too.
    I'd definitely hang on to that beauty of a coat. You'll enjoy it for years to come I bet. If you got rid of it you'd be looking to replace it is my guess. I've done that way too many times.
    Do you think you'd wear it more if you shortened it a bit?

    Happy HOlidays!

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    1. You know, Joni, maybe that's what's bothering me about the coat. It looks great with my lace-up Michael Kors high-heeled booties, but maybe not so great with flat booties. I notice, maybe because they're so sporty and active here, and granted it's not as cold as Canada, but women wear shorter-length coats in Annecy - what we'd call a car coat, or even shorter. I look different in coats such as these and definitely in my really long winter coats! Happy holidays! Xoxo

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  3. That coat's a beauty and not grannyish in the slightest!
    I'm a demon for Roman ruins, I love them. If Gilbert's engine's up to it I'd love to take a tour down there and see them for myself.
    Have a fabulous weekend! xxx

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    1. I think it's the cut that reminds me of a granny, but the colour is definitely non-granny! I need to research and see if there are more ruins in this area. I've been to several in the south of France but that's about it. :) xoxo

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  4. Wow. Look what I've been missing!! Thank you for my guided tour. If you do get back to see the mosaics, please share them. I'm in awe. You look gorgeous. I love the coat and can only imagine how beautiful the lining looks. I also love the way you've tied your scarf and the jaunty look of your beret. Tres chic. XXOO

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    1. Merck, mon tres stylish ami! I should have showed you the lining. And yes, I would love to go back and see the mosaics outside - I wonder how they lift them? Xoxo

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  5. Great coat! I love an interesting or bright lining on a coat or jacket - it's like having a wonderful little secret to carry around with you while the coat is worn buttoned up, to be extravagantly revealed when you take the coat off. Your little excursion looks amazing! I always find Roman ruins fascinating and it's quite interesting to see just how far those guys got back in the day.

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    1. Well, after all these compliments I must wear it more! The pink lining is so very pert, bright pink and it contrasts nicely to the purple - very rich. I love the ruins too - we just don't have that kind of history in Canada. If you could see the pipes they used for the sewers, you'd be reminded how sophisticated they were. It would have been neat to see a sewage plan - sounds odd to say but hey, they were so very advanced when you consider much of the developed world was wallowing in its own waste centuries later. Kinda mind-boggling!

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  6. Oh I agree. A beautiful lining is like walking around with a secret. The coat looks so cozy and the colour is lux. Thanks so much for all the lovely guided tours you are giving us. The region where you are living is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I love that idea of the lining too - in the day when it's all about flashing what's on the outside, it's refreshing to think of a luxe little fashion secret! Yes, Annecy is truly gorg. Happy holidays!

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  7. I love the cut of the coat, and the colors of the coat and scarf. The fabric looks so comfy, and mysterious, so it makes it perfect for walking amongst the ruins and thinking about romans... The ruins are beautiful, but isn't it sad to think that there were once people like you living here, before there were ruins? (well, now it makes me sad, but sometimes I just accept that kind of stuffs and am pretty indifferent to it.) Sad in a good way, like carpe diem?

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    1. Thank you, you know, I bought that scarf in Canada, but the tag says it was made in France! I guess what makes me feel sad about the Roman ruins is that much of their knowledge seems to have been lost over time (take the sewage example). But if anything I feel awe. Now if I went to say, Pompeii, then I would definitely feel sad!

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  8. Beautiful pictures! You have a very interesting blog, I am a new follower! Ciao :)

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    1. Aww, thank you Caramella! I have been to your lovely blog too, but it doesn't look like you have a way for people to follow, or is it just my iPad? Ciao! :)

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  9. My daughter Caramella mentioned you to me. She is in rome so she knows what you are talking about. I am following you too. I lived more than 20 years in Rome, now I am back in Trapani, near my hometown. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Wow, Francesca, what a supreme compliment. Thank you for visiting and following. Trapani looks absolutely gorgeous, specially being right on the sea. I have only been to northern Italy (Liguria), and I loved it. :) Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  10. Not a backpack or bumbag in sight - that's how to do tourist!
    Have a great Christmas x

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    1. Haha, just come to Annecy in the summer - you'll see plenty of that! Happy Christmas to you! Xoxo

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  11. You look gorgeous in that lovely ensemble, very glam AND warm for sightseeing, the perfect combination :) I love that coat. Wishing you a very merry and well dressed christmas!

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    1. Thank you Emalina, coming from the woman with the most beautiful vintage coat collection, that means something! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! Xo

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  12. I love the purple coat, I see no granny!
    The Roman ruins look great, I would enjoy strolling around them (though preferably not in the rain...)
    Have a very happy Christmas, Kelly! xxxx

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    1. I guess that's the sometimes-lurking fear when you wear vintage: do I just look outdated, instead of chic? Wish we had better weather too; it was chilly walking around. Happy Christmas to you and yours, Curtise! Xoxo

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  13. your purple coat is just fine, not granny at all, call it classic
    I have been to France a lot but never seen the Roman ruins
    I would love to see that

    Merry X-Mas to you and hubby

    Ariane xxxx

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    1. Thanks Ariane, now I am feeling somewhat reassured about the coat! The ruins are very awe-inspiring; hope you see some at some point. A very Merry Christmas to you and Mr B and Izzy and ChouChou and the rest of your family! Xoxo

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  14. You look adorable in your purple coat. Tres Chic n all that!
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, or Bon Noel? Looking forward already to lovely springtime pics from Annecy.

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    1. Thanks, Thrift Bee, a very stylish male friend on Facebook said I looked very Prada chic - I know Parada but can't say I know the style he's referring to! Yes, they say "Bon Noel" or "bonne fete" here, but I've been saying what I know,,which is "joyeaux Noel" - no funny looks yet! Happy Christmas to you and yours! Xoxo

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  15. Vienne is gorgeous as is that thrifted purple chenille coat! You have -very- good taste!

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    1. Well, thank you! I think the purple and the chenille drew me in. I'm a sucker for fabric and colour! :)

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