Carry On Hiking in Kent!

When two planned trips had already been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, our dreams of getting away this year were starting to feel less and less likely. Then, as the regulations started to ease, we took a chance and Lara found us the cutest little Air BnB in Kent, that looked right up our street.

Signal Cottage details

With exhibitions and museum visits still looking unlikely we decided to turn our getaway into a little hiking trip (partly spurred on by Emma’s increased love of ‘a good hike’) and the need to escape to the countryside for some peace and sea air. We excitedly started making plans, taking inspiration from hiking photographs from the 1930’s to create our vintage hiking ensembles, and the marvellous Betty Marsden as Harriet Potter in Carry on Camping to add a comedy element to the mix (never ones to take ourselves too seriously).

Betty and the hikers

Finally, after much anticipation, we were on our way to Signal Cottage!

In a desperate bid to make the most of our time away and get on the road, we headed to Ramsgate first while we waited for our accommodation to become available. Taking in the harbour, we headed to The Home Front Tea Room for a spot of lunch.

Ramsgate harbour and The Home Front Tea Room www.40stearoom.co.uk

We have to say this was one of the best tea rooms we have visited. Having quickly booked ahead, we walked into the authentically decorated tea room with little squeals of delight. So much attention had been put into every little detail, including a fabulously retro menu. It was such a pleasure to look around and soak up the atmosphere. Beautiful cabinets filled with vintage and homemade treasures to buy, along with a well stocked bookcase packed with books, magazines and periodicals from or about the era. (link above)

interiors of The Home Front Tea Room

The girls serving us looked absolutely fabulous and the whole experience was a delightful way to start our little holiday. After enjoying our wartime treats we were reluctant to leave but headed off making a quick detour via the Petticoat Lane Emporium, to have a wander around the stalls. We would have also loved to have visited the Ramsgate Tunnels, which were used to shelter 60,000 people during the WWII air raids, but unfortunately you had to pre book, so we missed our chance there.

After a picturesque drive down some country lanes we reached Signal Cottage, to more squeals of delight as we walked through the front door!

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Alison and Graham, were the ultimate hosts. We were welcomed with fresh milk, eggs from their own hens, butter, jam, tea and coffee and in such beautifully decorated surroundings we instantly felt at home.

Exploring what would be our home for the next couple of days, we drank our tea in the garden to the gentle sounds of the rescue hens clucking away in their coop and the beautiful views across the fields to Richborough Roman fort. Time to start planning our hikes!

Armed with an OS map and some directions, first up was an 8 mile circular walk from the cottage via Sandwich for a pub dinner at The Crispin Inn. Off to a good start and after a welcome cider and some pub grub we were keen to get going before the sun set.

To the pub…

And there began a slightly hilarious walk home in the ever increasing darkness aided by the torchlight from our phones negotiating our way along pitch black overgrown pathways… and.. well… we’ll just leave that there!

The walk home

We woke to an unexpectedly sunny morning, so enjoyed a lovely relaxed breakfast of scrambled eggs (courtesy of the hens) out in the garden as we made our plans to walk from Dover to St Margarets on Cliff.

Dressed in our best vintage hiking outfits we followed the coastal path along the white cliffs past the National Trusts South Foreland Lighthouse, where we met a lovely lady who complimented us on our outfits and made sure we visited the bay at St Margarets where Noel Coward built 3 beautiful art deco houses on the shoreline, one of which was later owned by Ian Flemming.

As we made our way back we stopped for a cuppa and a piece of obligatory Kendal Mint Cake whilst watching the ferries make their way across the channel to the french coastline and back.

Back before the rain came down we settled in for tea, cake and an Ealing comedy. But not before Emma had a chance to feed the hens!

Followed by a quiet evening in, watching another classic – Hitchcocks The Birds. (the cottage had a well stocked selection of dvds, we were spoilt for choice).

After a final mornings walk to Richborough Roman Fort, we said our very reluctant goodbyes to Alison, Graham and the hens. We were grateful to have enjoyed some glorious weather during our stay, and as the rain set in for our journey home we promised to return to Signal Cottage for more peace, tranquility and adventures.

Until next time!

The VT’s xx

Vintage Cruise to Bruges

This years ‘Tourists on tour’ trip took us to the stunning city of Bruges, travelling on P&O’s The Pride of York from Hull to Zeebrugge on a two night vintage cruise! 

 

Well what a fabulous time we had. We travelled all the way from the south east of England to the port of Hull leaving our car at the convenient dockside car park (parking is just £16 for the two nights) and immediately saw lots of fellow vintage travellers hauling their cases over to the terminal. (You always need choices). Everyone looked fantastic in their 40s and 50s attire. The range of outfits was just as you’d find  at any vintage festival. Men in smart suits and hats, ladies in tweeds and furs, or swing dresses and petticoats. It was an eclectic mix of styles. 

Caught trying to bring gin aboard!

Slight hiccup when we confessed to having some alcohol in our case, which we duly had to take back to the car – (rookie error) but after a short wait in the departure terminal listening to The Swing Commanders to get us in the mood, we were heading to our fabulous cabin to unpack. We were pleasantly surprised with the layout, with a great shower and traditional wooden dressing table and of course a porthole!

 

We could have happily wiled away some hours in there but we needed to find some much needed gin at the bar!! And what a surprise that was too! Despite having a ‘captive’ audience, the bar prices were really cheap! Hoorah! 

Straight to the bar for a gin!

After a lovely dinner in a peaceful  restaurant decorated with pictures of P&O cruise liners of the past we got changed into our finery and decided to take a few vintage inspired snaps around the ship.

 

 

 

 

The decor is of course very modern but there are glimpses of a bygone era, around the staircases in particular and the art work hanging on the walls. There were definite moments when you felt you could really have gone back in time – an Art Deco feel.  

 

Then to complete our evening we headed back to the bar to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the evenings entertainment of fabulous music from the 40s and 50s by The Swing Commanders, Maggie Hush and DJ Murray Rose.

 

 

So many people were up dancing they were moving out into the adjacent cafe! Everyone looked splendid, but we retired to our cabin around 10pm so we could get a good nights sleep and feel refreshed for a full day in Bruges. 

Hairnets and tea – the perfect way to end a night!

We had a lovely calm overnight crossing and were up bright and early to hop onto the pre-arranged coach into Bruges, where we breakfasted in one of the many cafes and deposited a Vintage Tourists business card under the glass table top alongside cards and photos that other people had left from around the globe. They did a fab light breakfast for just €5 and that set us up for a morning of walking around the historical city centre, where we enjoyed  a sunny but chilly day wandering around the beautiful cobbled streets, admiring the Flemish architecture and sampling delicious local dishes (more of that in a moment).

 

 

 

 

The Dijver flea market runs along one of many picturesque canal banks, where local traders sell all sorts of fascinating treasures from the past and some locally made crafts. It’s not a huge market but we picked up some lovely old postcards from the early 20th century which made perfect souvenirs of our trip. 

 

We did consider a tandem tour of the city but in the end we opted for one of the many boat trips that take you through the canals, ducking under one or two extremely low bridges to take in the history of Bruges. It was a great way to see some of the parts of the city that you might miss on foot and our ‘captain’ was very entertaining in his dialogue. €10 well spent! 

 

Next it was time for a Belgian beer and a coffee before more exploring. 

Belgium is famous for its beer and there are several breweries in the city, alongside traditional lace makers and of course the amazing chocolate shops. We lunched at the Mozarthuys Brasserie having a traditional Flemish dish of beef stew and apple sauce (not forgetting the famous Belgian chips) It was delicious. We’d highly recommend eating here. The staff were extremely helpful and pleasant and if you can get a seat outside it is the perfect sun trap on a sunny day.

 

 

 

After some more exploring and shopping (for chocolate) we stumbled along an amazing little shop on a side street that was filled with pictures, postcards, photographs, letters and memorabilia from the past. It was a little treasure trove of social history. And the lovely chap gave us a beautiful little snap of two ladies from the past who could quite easily have been enjoying a tour just like ours. 

Then it was back on the coach for 5pm ready to set sail and enjoy more evening entertainment for our overnight crossing back to Hull. 

We spent a really pleasant evening chatting to a wonderful couple who have been on the vintage circuit for years, and they gave us lots of tips for future events to attend and a couple of places to buy some great vintage pieces. 

 

Then after a somewhat rocky overnight trip back to Hull we were soon saying our goodbyes to our fellow travellers and driving back home. 

We really would recommend the cruise to anyone who enjoys a bit of vintage fun, particularly if you enjoy the music and a dance. Oh and we forgot to mention that a pop up hair salon with hair and make up by Julia Jeckell and Michaela at Edelweiss hair and make up was onboard too! 

The cruise is an annual event and the destination for next year may change, but it’s worth giving their Facebook page a follow for updates and more information. 

https://www.facebook.com/vintagecruise/

 

Until next time…..

The VT’s xx

 

Vintage Fashion Fair Farnham

Saturday 26th January saw us spending a lovely morning mooching around the vintage fashion fair which takes place six times a year at The Maltings in Farnham, Surrey.

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Dolly Rose Vintage Shed

This fabulous shopping event is packed over two floors with fantastic stalls and traders selling great quality vintage pieces ranging from 1900’s to 1980’s

There’s vintage for everyone here including accessories, shoes and textiles, and all budgets are catered for, right through to high end vintage designer pieces. We really enjoyed visiting all the stalls, meeting the traders (some we’d even met before)  and coming across some real vintage gems, including a men’s woollen swimsuit from the 1920’s with the label still attached! An amazing dead stock treasure.

The event is run by the lovely Nicola and Marilyn, and is currently in its third year at the Maltings. Nicola also trades at the event as Pret a Vintage and she has some stunning pieces! 

Now Lara can spot a true 1940’s piece a mile off whereas my vintage radar can sometimes be a bit off, so its always useful to get chatting to the stall holders who can really help you find what you’re looking for, and nobody knows their stock better than they do! They can travel far and wide to pick up the most amazing stock from around the world. It also helps for future shopping experiences if you’re looking for authentic pieces from a particular era.

  That said, it can be fun mixing up eras. Fashion is very cyclical and you can often find great pieces from the 70’s and 80’s that really compliment 30’s and 40’s styles so well.  So if you’re not sure of what you’re looking for or you’re new to vintage and want to experiment to find your vintage happy place, then vintage fashion fairs like this are perfect.

Just remember to have your hands free to really look through the stock and if you fall in love with something, keep hold of it!

Nothing haunts us like the vintage we didn’t buy!

you never know what treasures you might find.  As for us, well we’ll show you what we bought…..

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You know its a good buy when you get 629 likes (and counting)
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Lara’s beautiful dress was from Lynda Ryan

 

 

http://www.vintagefashionfairfarnham.co.uk

Future dates for this fashion fair are:

16 March, 27 April, 15 June, 28 September, 9 November

Vintage Fashion Fair, Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR

Opening times: 10am to 4pm

Admission £2 (under 16s  FREE)

 

Until next time!

The VT’s xx

 

Tourists on film

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You may have read in our recent review of 2018, that we both took part in vintage photo shoots with Pearls Pin Up Parlour and Treasure the Moments Photography at the end of the year.

The photo shoots took place in a wonderful little speakeasy bar in Southampton called Bring and Mix. On arrival you’d never know the bar existed (the whole point of a speakeasy we hear you say). A lamp lit the way above a door in a small street, and after ringing the bell we were greeted by the beautiful Haley and led up the stairs to the secret location revealed from behind a moving bookcase!

Well the room didn’t disappoint. Decorated with period style furnishings that really set the scene for a vintage style shoot, you felt instantly transported back to another era.

Haley and Wayne are so kind and encouraging, taking a real interest in how you would like to present yourself for the shoot and instantly calming the nerves! They took time to talk about the outfits we had chosen to bring and the looks we were hoping to achieve. Lara wanted a 1940’s Hollywood glamour style shoot, whereas I went for a 1930’s look.

The bar accommodated both eras fabulously well as you can see!

Haley is a true marvel with hair and make up. We were both transformed so beautifully, that I almost cried with joy when I saw the beautiful curls she had created. (I have terribly fine hair and was sure she wouldn’t be able to do a thing with it).  Lara too had the most amazing 40’s waves. But Haley’s participation didn’t stop there. Together with Wayne, she assisted us in finding the best pose for each shot he took, which helped enormously with our confidence in front of the camera. For me this does not come naturally, but both their patience and encouragement really made us feel like we could do it.

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The venue lends itself to so many possibilities for posing, with beautiful furnishings and of course the bar itself. You can even lie on that!… or just perch…

Sip a cocktail, pour a drink or even lounge seductively on the sofa in your vintage stockings and smalls if it takes your fancy. You can take along your own accessories like we did -(Lara took her great aunts compact and I took a vintage train case), or use the variety of props from around the room itself. However you decide to play it, Wayne will make sure you feel happy and comfortable with whichever pose you choose, to get the most flattering shot.

Later Wayne will pick the best shots and email them over, along with a disc of higher resolution copies for printing that he sends through the post.

If you are thinking of trying a photo shoot and you feel nervous or unsure, then we cannot recommend Haley and Wayne highly enough. From beginning to end they were so welcoming, encouraging, attentive and professional, we soon felt completely at ease and have some wonderful pictures to remind us what a fun time we had and just how glamorous we can look!

 

At the time of writing there is still availability for their March Vintage Makeover Shoot  – follow this link to find out more: Link to Pearls Pinup Parlour Vintage Makeover shoot

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Both Wayne and Haley can be contacted through their websites and facebook –

 

Link to Wayne at Treasure the Moments Photography

Click here for Treasure the Moments photography facebook

Click here for Pearls Pinup Parlour Facebook

 

 

Until next time!

The VT’s    XX

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Styling it out….The vintage way

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We just want to take a moment to talk about vintage styling and what it means for us. The vintage world is like a sweet shop. There are so many eras to choose from and within those eras there are many many styles.  The 1950’s wasn’t all about circle skirts and petticoats, just as the 1940’s wasn’t all victory rolls.

We’re always very touched when people comment on our style/ outfits or hair. But it isn’t always something that comes easily and for one of us in particular it can feel like a battle at times   (not with each other, we never do that)!

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We both have a love for the 1930’s and 1940’s but we really enjoy experimenting with other era’s too, and I confess to having a little place in my heart for some 60’s and 70’s polyester at times.

But wearing true vintage, particularly from earlier eras can be tricky. It’s hard to find, and the choice of sizes can be very limited.

I often find that it’s much harder for me to find true vintage pieces to fit my shape and so I rely more heavily on reproduction. Although we are not polar opposites in size, we are a good 2 dress sizes apart and that definitely helps Lara to have a more authentic 40’s look.  However… don’t fall into the vintage snobbery trap, where only true vintage head to toe is acceptable. Vintage is inclusive to all, and if you love the cut or shape of an era but you can’t find an original piece to fit, we can give you a whole list of amazing retailers who produce beautiful garments, tailored right down to the smallest historical detail. Or others that produce gorgeous outfits ‘in the style of’ – anything goes in the vintage world.  We’ve listed some links to some of the websites at the bottom.

On to hair…Although we share a very similar colour, Lara’s hair is thicker, more malleable and easier to style. Mine is fine and straight. It can’t hold a curl for more than a day and is in danger of looking greasy and lank if I use too much product. It’s hard work styling it and it can be frustrating and disheartening at times. But I’m learning that it’s ok not to wear it in victory rolls or waves all the time. Women back in the 40’s had different hair types then too! So just go with what suits your face shape and your hairs styling ability. I’m currently sporting a very short bob! We love that together we create a great look and can show others that are interested in vintage that there are many ways to embrace it.

Some people will always seem more authentic than others. Some have more time and money to spend on their passion and others just love the look and feel of it. It’s NOT a competition. It’s about enjoying dressing in the eras we love, whether it’s all out head to toe, or those little touches that can turn a modern day outfit into a vintage styled look.

We admire many women (and men) for their vintage looks, and they all come in different shapes and sizes, wear different interpretations of the styles they love and just enjoy playing their part in the vintage world in their own ways…Just like us!

So…. Our top tips for vintage styling?

Wear what you love , enjoy it, experiment, never compare, and just be you!

Some of the online shops we love:

(Click on the links to view their ranges)

The House of Foxy has beautiful pieces – you can even view their range by decade on their website: House of Foxy

Seamstress of Bloomsbury has a beautiful range of authentic looking dresses and separates: The Seamstress of Bloomsbury

Rock n Romance stock other brands as well as their own fabulous items. Our favourite Hawaiian vintage style dresses are from here: Rock ‘n’ Romance

Vivien of Holloway – A beautiful range of 1940’s and ’50’s style dresses – we love her tea dresses in particular : Vivien of Holloway

Pretty Retro are linked to House of Foxy but have a more ‘affordable’ range – we both shop here often!: Pretty Retro

Heyday are another brand that produce very authentic reproductions: Heyday

And for shoes….. the ultimate reproduction footwear comes from Rocket Originals – their styles and ranges vary each season. If you have your eye on a pair don’t hesitate! (They also have a Etsy page that is worth keeping an eye on) Rocket Originals

 

The VT’s

Xx

Black Country Living Museum’s 1940s Weekend

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Stepping into the Museums 1940s weekend really was like stepping back in time. If you’re a vintage enthusiast, a fan of the 40’s, a social historian, or just curious to know what life was like on the home front, then this event will not disappoint.

We were both first timers to the museum and the event, and we had a bit of a journey ahead of us.  So we set off early in our newly acquired, and beautifully made WVS uniforms from Rachel at Danetree & Bygone Days, and our sandwiches neatly wrapped and tucked into our picnic baskets (along with a cheeky gin). We were very excited and ready to debut the dresses and immerse ourselves into 1940’s life for the day.

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WVS dresses handmade by Rachel at Danetree & Bygone days – Photos by Anthony Cartwright

The event is hugely popular with re enactors, vintage enthusiasts and the general public, and once we’d queued (for some time – its very busy), we were greeted with a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There’s so much to see and the grounds are easy to navigate. You feel like you’ve entered into a real village from the past…

 

 

Visit a 1940’s shop and learn about rationing, or enjoy a silent movie in the original 1920’s cinema. Take a ride on a vintage bus or a stroll along the canal (where incidentally, scenes from Peaky Blinders were filmed).

 

There’s live music, vintage stalls, the hugely popular fish & chip shop, (queues all the way along the road),  displays by the WVS, WI, The Land Army,  Home Guard and many more. Step inside a wartime home and chat to the inhabitants about life on the home front or have a beer at the local pub.  You can watch bomb disposal displays, the fire brigade extinguish a burning building and even take in a fairground ride or too ….. Phew!

 

Every little alleyway has a hidden gem waiting to surprise you in the courtyard beyond…dig for victory gardens with an Anderson shelter, wash day smalls hanging on the line, and if you’re really lucky, you might even find a WVS cake stall with the biggest iced buns you’ve ever seen!

 

And talking of the WVS,  we were pleasantly surprised when  we came across lots of displays and other lovely WVS ladies who were able to tell us more about the parts these remarkable women played during the war. Including clothing collections, teaching others to knit and sew (make do and mend), organising the evacuation program and handing out food and warm clothing to the returning troops.

 

We met so many lovely people, some that we often bump into at other events, some that we follow on social media, and others that we just got chatting to on the day. Meeting others who share our passion for these events is always fun and inspirational.  So if you do ever see us, please come and say hello, we’re very friendly and love a good natter!

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So that’s another superb event attended. Our one regret was that we were only there for the day. You really could spend both days at the event and still not see it all. We really wished we had booked tickets to the evening event so we could get our glad rags on and enjoy the music and dancing. But its definitely in our diaries for next year!

Incidentally, if you do go along to the event, your ticket price includes an annual free pass to the museum. And all for just £17!

If you’re interested in our wvs dresses, here’s the link to Rachel’s facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/DanetreesGreenShoppingBygoneDays/

 

Until next time….

The VT’s XXX

 

 

Bletchley Park – 1940’s Spring Weekend

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Hidden away in the town of Milton Keynes lies Bletchley Park. This beautiful mansion house with its 58 acres of land was bought by MI6 in 1938 to be used as the central site for British and Allied codebreakers during World War II.

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Within the grounds and adjacent to the Manor are the Huts and the Blocks (24 in total), each one was used for its own unique and highly secret purpose, where German ciphers were penetrated and teams of specially recruited personnel, including Cambridge mathematician Alan Turing, worked a six-day week, rotating through three shifts to produce such ‘Ultra’ intelligence, that it has been hailed as having shortened the war by two to four years.

 

In 1993 The park became a museum and is filled with the most fascinating artefacts and information on the sites significance and the people who worked there. We cannot recommend a visit to the museum enough. It deserves its own blog post, and we’ll be sure to deliver one in the future.  But in the meantime here are a few pics to whet your appetites…

On this occasion however, we were attending the 1940’s Spring Weekend. So our focus turns to that….

This is a 3 day annual event with something to offer all the family. Now of course you’re under no obligation to attend the event dressed in 1940’s attire, but we are The Vintage Tourists, so that really was a given!

As we passed through the main lobby and ticket hall, out into the grounds of the estate, we were greeted by the sounds of the ‘40’s and a rather gruff sergeant major manning the checkpoint.

Walking by the pond (which was often frozen in the winter months during the war and a great source of ice skating revelry), we chanced upon the dance tent where Swing Dance MK were just about to start a lesson.

This was an opportunity not to be missed!  So one of the tourists took to the floor to learn a fabulous little routine, while the other watched and took the photos (unfortunately, we don’t always have a professional photographer on hand – something we may need to address in the future 😉 )

If you live in the Milton Keynes area and fancy a go at Swing dancing, these guys were great!

Well, after all that excitement, we were in the mood for a little light refreshment, so we made our way over to Hut no: 4 which is now a bar and restaurant for the museum. However, en route to the café we were lured into the fabulous vintage  ‘shopping marquee’ and made some lovely new acquaintances  including Dawn and Peter of LK Vintage and Karen Black of The Heritage Milliner.  Monday, we were told, was the quieter of the 3 days, but the advantage of that, is the shopping is a little less crowded!

After shopping and a spot of lunch, we had a little wander through the house and some of the huts, then across the lawn to the original gated entrance of the estate. In its very unpretentious way it’s a quietly poignant and reflective spot.

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The lawn was filled with historical displays, vintage lawn games, and vehicles to browse, and when we fancied finishing off the day with a little tipple in the afternoon, they had a fabulous gin bar on site  (which, we of course, had to sample). Courtesy of  The Gin Nook! (@gin_lady)

All in all we think Bletchley Parks 1940’s Spring Weekend is a fabulous event, and admission is free when you purchase your ticket to the museum (which, we should add, gives you a whole 12 months of visits)

For more information on the museum go to: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/

Until next time

The Vintage Tourists

XXX

 

 

A life on the ocean wave…

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… And what a life it would have been!  The V&A’s wonderful exhibition of ‘Ocean Liners: Speed and Style’ had it all. Such a beautifully put together exhibit charting the rise of the golden age of travel. Where the Art Deco styling was stunning, and the craftmanship was impeccable.

Built in a time when health and safety didn’t exist and engineers wore flat caps instead of hard hats, the shear scale of building these stunning floating hotels was phenonmenal. The ships were beautiful to behold from the magnificent scale of the exterior to the attention to detail within.

If you were lucky enough to travel on an ocean liner in its heyday, you were certainly in for a treat. (As long as you were travelling first class of course).

Winding our way through the displays of opulent furnishings and magnificent murals, we got a real feel for the decadence of cruise liner travel. We Ooo’d and Ahh’d our way through the museum, taking in the on deck pool replete with swimmers, to the treats you could have bought in the on board shop (including a rather beautiful clutch bag in the design of an ocean liner) – divine!

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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor regularly crossed the Atlantic, along with a miriad of stars from the Silver Screen. Including none other than the magnificent Marlene Dietrich whose Dior suit is displayed alongside a film reel of the lady herself being photographed in it on her arrival to New York in 1950.

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Beautiful travel trunks and flapper dresses on display, gave you a real feel for the era’s heyday, when ladies swept their way down magnificent staircases in elegant gowns, to drink cocktails and fine dine in the exquisite on board restaurants.

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Even the children were catered for with on board nannies and first class playrooms.

This really was a very different time, when travel was not just a means to get from A to B, but a real adventure in itself, and an important part of the culture of social history.

When the Queen Elizabeth Liner  was re commissioned in 1967 as the QE2, everything changed. It had entered a new age of design. Although still a symbol of luxury, design preferences had modernised. Passengers wanted a more up to date  ‘space age’ look.  It had to evolve and move with the times, so out went the oppulence of the ‘past’ and in came a more sleek ‘ultra modern feel’

Lovers of mid century design can certainly appreciate this new era of style but for us, the decadence of the pre war cruise ships will always be our most favoured and coveted way to travel.

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The V&A exhibition Ocean liners: Speed and Style runs until Sunday 17th June

Click here for the link to the V&A webpage:

V&A Speed and Style

 

The Journey Begins

 

 

Welcome to our new blog! If  you’ve been following us on Instagram (@the_vintage_tourists),  you can now read more in depth accounts of our adventures with links to other blogs, sites and points of reference on here.

We’re very new to this blogging lark so bear with us. We’ll improve with experience.

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So…. this was us when we met two years ago in 2016.  Two friends who met online through a facebook page, then physically at ‘Bob on Up’ an event hosted by Dawn O’Porter in London. We both spent all our money on Dawns vintage pieces, whilst drinking free champagne.

Needless to say we hit it off immediately and have packed so much into the last couple of years that we decided to collaborate and share our adventures (big and small), which we hope will inspire anyone interested in history or the vintage scene. We have lots to share so watch this space……