My Trip TO London and Paris 7/2014
Soo here is my story, it may run long so sorry…so my name is Travelmama12 for a reason…I love to travel!! I feel like I can’t breathe when I can’t get away and go somewhere. Every other year, I do a bigger trip and go out of the country to some destination, this time it was London and Paris. I must say it was a magical trip! I did everything on my bucket list. At times I travel with a group of friends, but this time only my bestie Tracy could go. She isn’t an Internet person and only knows of LT from what I tell her. So she was clueless about half this stuff.
This trip meant so much to me because I took each LT fanfic author with me in my mind. I thought of all of the stories you all have written and shared all of details of places your characters traveled and things they ate. I remembered it all and challenged myself to see and eat it all. When I was in London, I remembered YenMoney’s stories and details of London and others as well. I traveled the Underground, went to Piccadilly Circus, ate real fish and chips, rode The Eye, watched the local fashion scene and tried my best to remember the names of different locations as I rode the Tube that she mentioned in her stories—> Vauxhall being one of them.
In Paris I ate the foods we have all mentioned in our writings, I ate macaroons, chocolate crepes, the famous “Crocque Monsieur” and baguettes. I visited the Pontes De Arts (locks of love bridge), Arc De Triompe, the top of the Eiffel Tower, shopped on the Champs De Élysées, the Louvre, rode the metro, watched street dancers (I didn’t get a chance to find that one park that they danced in….le sigh) and walked the streets thinking of all the wonderful “memories” I already had; since I felt like I had already been to some of these places due to all of your wonderful stories.
The most exciting thing that happened to me is what I wanted to share was thisàExcuse my long windedness, but most of you know I’m long winded anyway! Hahahah details feed my soul…. So anyway after being mesmerized by Nemi’s artwork of Les Twins and the whole story that I wrote about Larry’s tattoo, I had an idea!
I had been wanting to get another tattoo for years. I couldn’t find an artist that I trusted around here to do a good job. So I kept putting it off. I had promised my daughters I would get their names tattooed on me years ago, as my husband had already completed this task. I am in awe of the work that was done on LT’s tattoos and started quickly researching Migoii Tattoo Cup of Noodles in Paris. So I figured hey why not try to get an appt. since I was going to Paris anyway? I tried emailing them and my 4-H sister Breezy, who is studying French, emailed them as well. No response….so I got discouraged and wanted to give up. My 4-H sisters Sica and Dawn also encouraged me to not give up.
Sooo when I got to Paris I had the travel rep. call and schedule an appt. they agreed to see me for a consultation!! This was huge, last weekend was a national holiday Bastille Day (actually July 14th) and most people were taking off, but they agreed to see me, since the agent told them I would only be in the country until Monday. I was a nervous wreck. I had been in Paris only two hours and had to find my way around the city to walk to the shop. We were persistent and thank goodness the tattoo shop happened to be only about 25 min. Walk. I was staying in the La Republique’ District 11 and the shop was on a street located right off the famous Rue Montmartre, which many of you have seen pictures of and not known it. Think of Larry holding the bag of fruit after just getting his sleeve done (it was still wrapped in plastic). ….Whelp that is one picture of that street. It is basically closed off with many shops, bakeries and cafes.
So we made it to the shop before closing and I met Kevin, one of the workers, he was very nice black guy with long dreads down his back…Ummmhmmm. When I inquired about getting just a name on my wrist, he explained that their shop only does “very intricate Asian Inspired tattoos”. He explained that they do custom work and no one’s is the same and that they are very expensive. My heart stopped, I was sad and shocked. I told him that I came all the way form the USA to get a tattoo from them. He cracked up laughing and looked at me like…” girlllll please” so I had to laugh with him and admit that wasn’t the only reason.
He must have sensed that I was sad earlier and had me look over their design book to see if there was something I liked. So I did and I found something very interesting!!! The ORIGINAL SKETCHES of Larry and Laurent’s tattoo sleeves!!! Some of the artwork was changed as you will be able to tell, like I said they do original work and take some bits and pieces of other things when creating the artwork. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them, but I knew as soon as I turned the page. So getting back to my dilemma, Kevin must have changed his mind and he got on the phone and called Sheuda (pron. Shoota), he is a cute sweet Asian guy and his English was wonderful. He said he would do my tattoo for me the next day. I was soo happy. Kevin wrote down every detail <—- literally of what I wanted and said Sheuda would design something special for me and have it ready for tomorrow.
I was on cloud 9 and could barely focus until it was time for my appt. I was on time of course and Sheuda was sooooo late!! But I got some time to talk with another guy who worked at the shop, and watch him do a consultation for a future client. It was all in French unfortunately, but it was very interesting nonetheless. These guys are so passionate about what they do, it is incredible. I got to see Sheuda’s incomplete full back tattoo as well…incredible! Sheuda apologized profusely and explained how tired he was from trying to get a lot of tattoos done earlier that day, before the holiday. He promised me that “now” I was his priority and he would do whatever to make me happy :) He showed me some of the designs he came up with and we ended up designing it together “Niamya” which is my two daughters names together. Soo long story short…. (yeah right! Hahaha never with me)….anyway he did the tattoo and was sure to make sure it was done precisely. His script work was perfect. He was such a sweet heart and let me take pictures. He had us reenact the scene as if I was the one doing the tattoo and he was watching! He and the rest of the guys made my experience beautiful.
So there it is! I was able to check just about everything off my Paris bucket list. I’m telling you that I know my experiences were made so much greater due to thinking about my 4-H sisters and my LT family, and LT fanfic ladies. I jumped at the chance for a dream to happen and it actually did. I was very blessed indeed! I hope you all get to try and do different things for yourselves and it is a bonus if this LT experience aids you in doing so!
I took some pictures and will I be posting so you can see. Take note of the huge back and gold wall sculpture in the one picture…I’m sure some of you have seen that one in some other pictures…floating around Tumblr or IG (smile).
*******please DONT REPOST these pictures on your own!!
Final addition .
a week long project is finally overrrr
I love sculpting in 3D a lot
A massive package arrived from my dearest American sister 💕💕
Thank you sooo much I love you !!!
I heard Pharrell.W talking about tjis Cookie Butter on radio and I got intrigued because I had never heard about it.
Pharrell is right. I love it!!
I love this picture with Larry and Laurent at the Manchester workshop and yes we are all looking at my mobile which Abi from Innate Dance was holding, somehow she failed to take a picture but has managed to surprise me with this one!
Nemi check out the top draped over there shoulders!
I am crying !!!!!!
It is genuinely such an honor to have my art chosen for the boys’ present !
Very happy there was still some camera capturing your priceless moment .
I love all of your smiles.
Gives me so much energy !
thank you soooo so much for sharing the picture !
My web page.
Did some update and added shops
take a look when you have time 💕http://nemi-jimdo.com