Saturday, November 5, 2011

To Paris by Airship! {{Set to Run 11/6 till Sunday night 11/13}}

Imagine yourself in a very plush seat, all tufted, old fashioned, perhaps velvet.
It is noontime, with a bright, clear sky for smooth sailing. You are wearing a charming suit  of the best materials, including high button shoes, with just the right hat for the occasion.
Then imagine you are with us in your seat aboard a luxury Airship, docked and ready for service.
Welcome aboard the HMAS Viola!
{That's Her Majesty's Air Ship Viola in layman's terms}


What we are proposing is to head for Paris this very afternoon, taking tea in a graceful manner along the way, all the while discussing things artistically geared around Steampunk style.
In the process, you are welcomed by our captain to enjoy ship's courtesy, such as hooking up via Link (just below our header) with us here, so that others might enjoy your own take on this popular genre.
Also included are new ideas for taking tea with friends or family, which was often done in high style in many Victorian homes during mid to late afternoon hours. We hope to show you a few new ways of enjoying mealtime of a Sunday afternoon, with your best china or with a coffee mug in your bathrobe and slippers.
For you, this will all be imaginary, with no calories required, and everything genteel and yet steampunked for your viewing pleasure.
Once docking occurs at the upper reaches of the Eiffel tower, you will find all of Paris at your feet. At that point, some of us may wish to head for the Louvre, for a look at Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and perhaps to Maxim's for a light supper before heading out to see the sights of this most artistic city in its heyday.


Are you ready?
Then let us set those Time Travel Dials for early 1900's Paris.............


As we float along in our luxury airship over the landscape, we'll have a most fascinating view by way of London, England, of the Thames Estuary, followed by aerial views of the White Cliffs at Dover. We'll then fly over the English Channel, turning south over Calais toward the famed City of Lights!
For your listening enjoyment, let there be music in our dining room, this first tune an early form of Tango, played by a Gypsy Orchestra........




Our Hostess will seat you shortly among those guests already assembled. As you see listed here, there are already some who are ready for their first sampling from our delightful tray of delicacies.
The many lovely ladies, all decked out in their finery, make for quite a spectacular sight, such as our impromptu "tour" of one very fashionable traveler's highly detailed creations shows quite plainly.......




Let's have a bit more music while considering our choices for dining, shall we?




And here's our Menu........

Download 300dpi Version HERE







Another Fashion Tip for our guests..........




Such a lot of work!


Now for a Special Feature for our guests, a new contraption which allows us to see pictures move and hear speech and music at the same time--all concocted by our resident inventive science advisor, Dr. Algernon Crupper. A little light phantasie for your viewing enjoyment.....




And a second short phantasie about the year 1884.....





As we slowly enjoy what we've ordered, we'll have another musical interlude to grace our ears........





And, of course, there is dessert. Without it, no true afternoon tea would be complete.
I'll have a slice of the lemon cake, myself, while others might go for the trifle.


As our journey continues, and dishes are cleared away by your waiter, sit back, relax, and enjoy the astonishing view, for we have already crossed the Channel, and are very near to our destination.
When you disembark, please hold the railing very firmly while descending, as it's a long way down!

Our Docking Station in Paris 
300dpi Version HERE


With another Airship tethered.



Some souvenirs for you.....

Download Digi PNG Version HERE

Download For Print Version HERE







For those of us ready for our excursion tour, there is a cadre of automobiles waiting to ferry us from point to point, which will end at Maxim's for a leisurely dining experience with the best cuisine, fine wine and good company.




Maxim's

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From there, you might wish to turn in, all your appetites for sightseeing fulfilled. We have provided for this, of course, with well appointed, reserved suites at a private British aviator's club in the heart of Paris called The Hangar.
But, there are those who may well have formed another opinion, which might include time off for good behavior. This crew should watch where they step, for the perils of Parisian nightlife during its most glittering era are widely documented.
Regardless, there is the wild night life in Montmartre, where one is encouraged to spend for all manner of activities.
Our choice for these brave souls might well be an evening with the riffraff and free-thinking artists there as they take in the very bawdy entertainment at the Moulin Rouge!




On our next jaunt,
we will head for yet another exotic locale
using perhaps other modes of transport,
and enjoy our Steampunked travel time with tea once more.

See you next time, then, for another in a series of special Link-up
Steam Tea Travels!

Au revoir!


Our Next Scheduled Departure: Noon EST on Sunday, Dec. 4
Featuring Holiday Travel with Steam Style!
More details later.



Credits:
Digital brushes by nadine pauObsidian DawnScully7491.




Images used (prior to our fiddling)
courtesy nypl.org and Wikimedia Commons

44 comments:

Lotus said...

I just want to say, BEAUTIFUL! ; )
Lotus

Steam Tea Travels said...

Lovely to see you here, friend! And Thank You for your lovely comment--our first one here ever!
xo

Ann said...

SUCH AN AMAZING PLACE TO TRAVEL!! I'VE HAD A SPECTACULAR TIME ON THIS MARVELOUS JOURNEY WITH YOU!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT STEAM TEA TRAVEL!!
OUTSTANDING!!!
XO

artbywendy said...

What an awesome blog! I LOVE steam punk and I enjoy making steampunk jewelry, thanks for the printable graphics!will you have a button I can put on my blog?

Mary Ann said...

That was fun:)

artistamyjo said...

Geez!! Would have been here sooner,had to do Christmas at the shop today! Would you believe it was 60 degrees?
Love the journey. I don't have to go home do I ??
Hugs

2amscrapper said...

what fun!

Debbie said...

Great fun! Thank you and I had a fabulous time! Loved the animated short of the little girl in the clock tower. So sad.
Wishes
Debbie
^..^

Sandi said...

What fun! I will be back later to delve into every single bit!!

Micupoftea~ said...

How fun and whimsical! Great imagination~ Love the addition of clothing, music and images to round out the experience. High Tea is a dinner tea with hearty foods, whereas Afternoon Tea offers scones and dainty sandwiches.
:)
Happy November~

Steam Tea Travels said...

Ann: Thanks so much for your support, my dear!
What a wonderful gift it is, knowing you're here!
:)

Steam Tea Travels said...

artbywendy: Yes we do! It's over at Plush Possum.
And Thanks for the lovely compliment!
:)

Steam Tea Travels said...

Mary Ann: We're glad you enjoyed yourself here! And Thank You for stopping by!

Steam Tea Travels said...

Amy: LOL! You can stay as long as you wish!
:)

Steam Tea Travels said...

Helene: Thanks for making the time for our new place for fun!

Steam Tea Travels said...

Debbie: Glad to see that smiling face of yours here today! That animated short is a fave of yours truly.
;)

Steam Tea Travels said...

Sandi: Thanks so much! We're very glad to have you here!
:)

Steam Tea Travels said...

Micupoftea: Thanks!
I guess the whole idea was one of saving room for a full dinner at Maxim's.
Hope your virtual journey suited your palate!

Gems-By-Julz said...

How simply divine my dear friend and fellow traveller. I hope you can fix the linky thing as I have come up three times as each time it said the image attachment with the linky had not worked. What a duffer I am. I love everything you do, it is always so magical. Hugs Julz

lynne said...

BRAVO!!!
Impeccable attention to detail in this offering from you.
Oh those morsels of fashion and music such a feast for the eyes and ears.
Aatch as I high-kick to show my enthusiasm for my jaunt on the Steam Tea Travels.
Merci for creating such a delight for us.
What shall I pack in my vintage case for my next jaunt?
Wishes
Lynne

Steam Tea Travels said...

Julz: I'll see what I can work out for you. Please check your email!
;)

Steam Tea Travels said...

Lynne: Thanks, dearie!
So glad you could make it to our little jaunt!
What shall you pack for the next ride?
We'll announce that shortly, I hope. It's still in the works.
;)

hazel said...

Thank you. I had a fabulous time.
xxx Hazel.

Steam Tea Travels said...

Hazel: So glad you could enjoy this first time out! We hope to keep adding onto this idea, and hope the enjoyment continues for you!
Thank You for stopping by and giving us your feedback!
:)
Rose & Co.

pchickki said...

Thanks for taking me along on your trip!
What a fun post :)

maj. said...

It's awesome Idea, this Place!!!!
Thank You!

Steam Tea Travels said...

pchickki: Hey! Nice to see you here!
Glad you enjoyed yourself, my dear!
:)

Steam Tea Travels said...

maj.: Thanks for your positive feedback!
Hope you'll enjoy next month's version of this same idea too!
:)

Curtains In My Tree said...

I just found you and how interesting and fun.
I linked up to your linky before I realized it was just for steampunk things sorry

Mina said...

This is such a magnificent idea! I had a wonderful time, delicious food and company. I can't wait to travel again in December!

Steam Tea Travels said...

Curtains: Thank You for coming by! We'e so glad you decided to join the party!
All of us here were surprised to find your link, at first, but it was easy to see you had to be included, for your taste and for the sake of your lovely tea tray alone!
But, more importantly, we want our guests to feel they may express Steam style without it being as overtly steamed as some would express it.
Tastes vary here and abroad, and we are happy to accommodate all comers who fit with our romantic themes of Victoriana, Paris, antique travel, teatime, and Steam style.
We sincerely hope you've enjoyed this ride, and will think of this as just the beginning of our interactions via link party.
Rose & Co.

Steam Tea Travels said...

Mina: What a nice surprise, to find you've chosen to come aboard!
Even last minute guests are surely welcome!
We do hope you'll try us on for size again later this year for an old fashioned Christmas jaunt to London for High Tea in high style along with lots of other activities.

Rafael Fabre said...

Dear Ladies - Outstanding work! I've taken the liberty of adding your blog to the Steampunk Links, and feel free to bend my elbow the at the next posting! - v/r, Dr. Fabre, Ed., The Steampunk Tribune

Steam Tea Travels said...

Rafael: Greetings! And Thank You so very much for joining us here! We are set to launch a new party starting tomorrow by noon PST.
We will be by to visit you here shortly! And Thank You so much for the signal honor of adding us to your list!
Rose & Co.

Sim said...

It's sunday, and I'll try to join you later...
Au revoir!

Steam Tea Travels said...

Sim: Yes, it is Sunday, and we are set to start our next party in about 45 minutes from now---that will be approximately noon, Pacific Standard Time. Your time I cannot gauge, as we are so far apart.
I'm sorry I missed you, but we will be up and rolling with our first chapter shortly!
;)

Sim said...

Hello Rose & Rhissana!
I wonder why: "Linky Tools subscription expired. List not available"... I would like to see everybody's blogs... Is it a bug?
I kiss you dears!

Zaichick the flying rabbit said...

I am just loving this journey, splendid writing, I cannot wait to read the next installment!

Steam Tea Travels said...

Zaichick the flying rabbit: So glad you could enjoy our first outing! We hope you'll join us again soon!
Rose

Cindy said...

I just love the entire thing. Excellant all of it. Cindy

Cindy said...

LOVE IT....LOVE IT!!!

Steam Tea Travels said...

cindY: Thank You! We're glad you found us. We should be over to visit you shortly, if you've allowed for Links in your Profile!
Rose

Maureen said...

Well, what a delightful time I had! Good thing there is no limit to the "time" I can enjoy this time travel ;) as I seem to be late for the party.

The lemon cake was still delicious, not stale at all thank goodness. Really enjoyed all the extras, thank you.

Looking forward to catching up on the rest of the travels now!

Steam Tea Travels said...

Maureen: I'm glad neither the tale that was told nor its accompanying goodies were stale for you.
So glad you dropped by! Just wish I knew how to visit you--only, your profile offered me no link to follow which leads to your personal blog, more's the pity.
On to your next comment!
:)