With the shortest travel time ever to Marseille (via British Airways new non-stop flight from Austin to London), we were happy to return to Pierre's hometown and see his mom. After a brief visit, our treasure hunting began...and we found this wonderful French Carpenter's Etabli in Provence. Following our shopping at the International Antique Fair in Avignon, we headed to Montpellier after a stop for lunch by the sea in Palavas. As you can see, Pierre is still working during our lunch!
Arriving at the Parc Des Expositions in Montpellier, we were greeted by French Antique merchants who were showing off their French truffles (for their lunch) before the fair had opened. Both antique venders and shoppers alike must wait for the bell to ring at 8:00 am before the doors will open...and then there is a mad dash of shoppers who run to start their buying but we must first still wait for the vendors to unload their goods before the picking begins. After the fairs, we travelled north where we are fortunate to shop with antique merchants who live in the Loire Region of France. On this day, George shared with us his postcard collection featuring traditional costumes by regions.
Our home away from home in the Beaujolais Region, here is the outstanding view from our bedroom! We stay with dear friends whose home is filled with the most beautiful French antiques...Louis XIII Style Desk, French Art Deco Display Cabinet, , Louis XIII Armoire, Period Louis XV Style Armchairs...and most recently they have started adding industrial pieces to the mix. On Easter Sunday, we went together to a nearby forest where we hunted for Easter eggs...and the organizers hid 10,000 eggs. Imagine that! Along with finding many Easter eggs (from which we made a 24-egg omelet for lunch), we stumbled upon a bird's nest filled with the most beautiful blue eggs!
After Easter, back to work to pack our precious cargo and get it loaded onto our 40' container to ship back to Austin. Here is our amazing team of packers...as you can see they have a fun sense of humor. We never know what designs we will find on the packages! But rest assured, they do a terrific job and all pieces arrive in excellent condition!
We headed back to Marseille where we enjoyed more time with Pierre's mother, his family members and friends. Here is a shot of Pierre's mom, Andree, with our dear friend Julien at the Marseille Vieux Port Pavilion. We had a cousin's reunion dinner on Saturday night and here is a lovely view of the Mediterranean Sea. And, on Sunday, we had a delightful lunch (fresh seafood, of course) at the seaside resort of Carry-le-Rouet located just 30 kilometres (19 mi) west of Marseille. What a lovely port!
All this being said, our shipment is currently aboard the MSC Vessel heading to the Port of Houston and ultimately Austin. We will be posting some of our finds on Instagram so we hope you will check them out. And, you will be the first to hear about our new arrivals! Just to entice you...here is a sampling of some of our finds: a gorgeous Louis XVI Silver Gilt Mirror, a set of 6 Caramel Leather and Chrome dining chairs, a fabulous Napoleon III Pastry Table, a stunning French Art Deco Buffet with black marble top, an Italian Brass Bar Cart, and a handsome Louis XIV Hunt Buffet.