August 20, 2008
I love Gien
My first knowledge of Gien, was by a gift of dessert plates given to us by my dad and step mom. They gave us two of the lemon plates and two kiwi plates(not pictured). They also gave us the long tray with the bird on it.
When we took our first trip to France back in 1993, we traveled to the village of Gien, and went to the factory there. It was combined with a small museum and then the factory store that you can purchase their seconds or discontinued patterns. Gien is not cheap, so most of the pieces above, are from the seconds factory. The heart cup I bought back in 1993, the sweet pea cup and the other over sized one above it were purchased when we went back in 2003 while living in France. The demi tasse with the heron on it was purchased in a gift shop in St. Malo in Normandy. We also decided when we visited the factory to add more dessert plates, so we purchased the black berries and cherry plates. I really love most of their patterns, and treasure the collection that we have. If you ever travel to France and happen to be around Gien go to the factory, you will not be disappointed.