Limoges is the capital city of Limousin in Western Central France. We caught the train from Ambazac to Limoges yesterday for a day of shopping, eating and day dreaming. Limoges is well-known for its 19th Century porcelain, Medieval architecture and it’s oak barrel production that are used for Cognac. The sun was shining, we arrived bright and early into the grand and glorious Limoges train station.Limoges train Station: The setting for the Chanel No 5 mini-movie in which French beauty Audrey Tautou teamed up with Amelie filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Some of you will recognise the commercial where Tautou keeps chancing across a handsome stranger, played by model Travis Davenport (Schwing), en route from Paris to Istanbul aboard the Orient Express..
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I love the Billie Holiday song ‘I’m a Fool to want you’ that plays in this commercial. This truly beautiful track comes from Billie`s final album “Lady in Satin”. Ray Ellis the record producer for Billie’s final album said: “the most emotional moment was her listening to the playback of “I’m a Fool to Want You”. There were tears in her eyes…After we finished the album I went into the control room and listened to all the takes. I must admit I was unhappy with her performance, but I was just listening musically instead of emotionally. It wasn’t until I heard the final mix a few weeks later that I realized how great her performance really was.” I must admit I’m a big fan of Billie Holiday and I think you can hear the emotion captured in this song. Billie’s voice is the perfect match for the grand setting of Limoges station and expressive short film created for Chanel.The old town: Limoges is a sight to behold, narrow streets lined with half-timbered town houses, the shops are predominantly independent business’s selling antiques, porcelain, cheese, chocolate, clothing and food. The atmosphere is very relaxed and tranquil, unlike other cities of such picturesque beauty Limoges remains very genuine and unspoilt, so you won’t find streets full of naff tourist type attractions or souvenir shops. The antique shops are well worth a visit, we stumbled upon a small Antiques Centre where we saw some incredible 1930’s Limoges pottery and stunning mahogany armoires all at fairly reasonable prices.The bustling indoor market in Central Limoges sold every type of seasonal food imaginable, all delicious local produce. I loved walking around the market taking in the sights and sounds, vegetables and flowers in all the colours of the rainbow, the passing smell of crepes, chocolate and strawberries and the sound of real French market traders. A real sensory pleasure.
Old Churches: I loved this little bookshop nestled within the old streets, stacked high with all kinds of French books, historical texts. Another of Limoges finest features is the church buildings. The first church we stepped inside, the Church of Saint Michel took my breath away with it’s ornate interior and stained glass windows (sorry about the lack of images of the interior, it’s a fully operating parish church so didn’t feel it appropriate to get my camera out!) There was also another smaller church that we stepped inside which had the most marvellous interior I’ve ever seen, filled with religious icons made of gold, old, faded plastic flowers and ostentacious religious imagery. I always make a point of stepping inside churches wherever I am, there is something uplifting and inspiring about each indiviaual building. The churches in Limoges and Ambazac play a huge part in the history of the area. Here’s Saint Michel’s + the little church from the outside:
You can see more pictures from my Spring in France on my Pintrest HERE
Have a glorious Sunday!
The Fabulous Times