Bette, Tina, Dana, Helen? Whilst Candy Bar Girls may currently
be the lesbian show de rigeur, ladies let's not forget, the
one, the only, the original - The L Word. The show that made it all
possible and the one my heart will forever remain true to.
Why bring it up? Because, whilst you read this, I am currently
gosh-knows how many miles up in the air, nursing a gin and tonic
and desperate for my ears to pop, on a long-haul flight from Paris
to lesbian heaven - the city of angels - LA. Call it a plane ride,
call it a press-tour, call it a pilgrimage.
But from the softly twinkling lumières of the French capital to
the sharp sparkling lights of Los Angeles, one thing travels hand
in hand with heavy baggage and jet lag - my bloody broken heart, as
per blooming sodding usual. Talk about becoming a constant guest
star from a mere cameo appearance. Heartbreak has become an
imaginary oversized jumper that I can't take off - fab with
leggings in winter but not so appropriate in these glorious summer
Needless to say that, for LA, I have only packed t-shirts (oh, and
the odd pair of undies).
Travelling, it's funny, non? It makes me broody and
strangely soul-searchy. Having left England for Paris at a tender
age, I already have two definitions of myself. One a hard-arsed
Brit (not quite as hard-arsed as the ones currently burning the
country to a standstill, but...) and another as a romantic
Parisienne, prone to melancholia, the odd emotional tantrum and
bouts of poetic profundity (as all good French girls are).
Which one to be in LA, both or neither? If I only I could be
Helena from The L Word and have done with it, but I yet harbour
hope that the Americans will find my Geordie tinged with French
One can always dream!
On the agenda: a little touch of glam at Girl Bar in WeHo (that's West
Hollywood, ahem, I didn't have to Google it, honestly...), a spot
of shopping down Santa Monica Boulevard and an obligatory stop at
Trader Joe's for my absolute favourite American goody: crunchy
almond butter... I may also pop by the clothing store of Leisha
Hailey's long-time girlfriend Nina Garduno. Free City is just about
as cool as you get; conceptual, hip and Hollywood. Its wacky tees
and baggy pants are favoured by lesbians, celebrities and lesbian
celebrities the world over.
Upon my return, London will, with a little luck, have emerged from
its disastrous excessive discount shopping binge to deal with the
after-effects of one serious hangover. Paris, in the meantime,
meanders along en toute tranquillité ; balmy in the summer
sunlight, its terraces packed with beautiful girls, sipping wine
and rarely getting drunk.
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