New Guest blog - Michelle's Paris Diary

Lucy Feagins
Lucy Feagins
16th of August 2010
Top right - Galerie Montmartre's Michelle Belle.  Bottom Left, 'Le Boss' - Stephan T!  Paris-themed posters from Galmont.

OK so today I am really excited to introduce a new and seriously brilliant guest blog - the Paris diary of Galerie Montmartre's gallery assistant extraordinaire Michelle Belle.  Michelle's guest blog this week will feature highlights of her recent vintage poster hunting mission in Paris with Galmont's co-owner Stephan Trbuhovich (aka 'Le boss').

NOW, Whilst Michelle has been really excited to share this lovely round-up since returning from her Paris adventure, we have been a little delayed, waiting for exactly the right moment, because for the past 2 months Galerie Montmartre has been rocked by the most challenging ordeal you can imagine.

Around 8 weeks ago, without any warning, Stephan T (Galmont's much loved patriarch, cheeky jokester and all round gorgeous guy) suffered a massive bleed to his brain whilst at home with his two young kids.  Within minutes, he'd lost consciousness... and was found collapsed in the hallway by his wife, Galmont co-owner Shelley T.

Stef spent 3 weeks in Intensive Care.  The first week, it wasn't clear whether he'd make it through at all. The second week, he stabilised, but no one could tell the extent of his brain injuries... the third week, things were looking more positive, and he was moved from Intensive Care to a Special Care Unit.  Much to everyone's utter amazement - almost 8 weeks on, Stephan is now in re-hab, regaining his speech, his physical strength and his independence.  His incredible progress has stunned every doctor who has seen him... and APPARENTLY he'll be home within 8 weeks!!

We didn't want to share Michelle's Paris Diary with you until we knew this story had a happy ending... luckily - the Miracle Man hasn't let us down!  It's been the toughest 2 months for Shelley, Michelle and the Galmont family.  But things are looking up!  Michelle has single-handedly taken charge of the gallery - the place is running like clockwork (Stef would be proud!).  Shelley is an absolute inspiration and has somehow managed to accept this challenge with grace and strength and not an ounce of bitterness.  And she's back at work 4 days a week?!  What a woman!

For the full story and regular updates on Stef's progress - please pop over and visit Shelley at her beautiful Femme de Montmartre blog!

But for now, enough doom and gloom... we hope you enjoy Michelle's Paris Diary this week!  Michelle also has an excellent Tumblr blog you should check out if you love French Vintage Posters!

Michelle and Stephan do the tourist thing (aren't you guys supposed to be working...!?)

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