Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Why I Love Paris: My Favorite Photos from Paris: An Alley in Paris

 
My sister and her daughter-in-law and granddaughter and I walking to lunch at one of their favorite places to eat in Paris, Bistro Paul Bert, and we came upon this street art in the nearby alley. I just stopped. It is beautiful, I thought. 


In the same alley was this flower. Could it be the most perfect flower I have ever seen? 

Paris is big enough, I think, for everyone to find their own favorite small spots of delight.




I did a whole post on the street art (or would you call it graffiti?) of Paris here.

For more photos, link up at Wordless WednesdayComedy PlusMessymimi's MeanderingsKeith's RamblingsCreate With JoyWild Bird Wednesday, and My Corner of the World.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July, hosted by Emma at Words and Peace.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Ten Things I Love About The Little Prince


1. The author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is from France.

2. The author illustrated the book, too.

3. The Little Prince is only 96 pages.

4. In 2022, I got to see a museum exhibit in Paris about The Little Prince, 
À la rencontre du petit prince (An Encounter with The Little Prince).

5. I have read The Little Prince in English, Spanish, Italian, and French.


6. I have a Little Prince coffee mug.


7. I have a Little Prince t-shirt.

8, 9, 10. There are many quotes I love from the Little Prince. 
Here are my three favorite quotes:








Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.  

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July, hosted by Emma at Words and Peace.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

The Sunday Salon: We Face Off with Hurricane Beryl

     



Welcome! I'm happy you joined us here at the 
Sunday Salon

What is the Sunday Salon? 

The Sunday Salon is a place to link up and share what we have been doing during the week plus it's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 








What I Read Last Week (Link goes to review):







What I'm Reading Now:

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (1000 Books You Must Read; Classics Club)

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (in French for Paris in July)

Germinal by Émile Zola (Paris in July; Classics Club)

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food by David Downie (Paris in July)

Captain Fricasse by Théophile Gautier (Paris in July; 1001 Children's Books)

Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge (Paris in July)

Joie: A Parisian's Guide to Celebrating the Good Life by Ajiri Aki (Paris in July)

Paris and Her Cathedrals by R. Howard Bloch (Paris in July)










What I Posted Last Week Here at Readerbuzz:








I began to list 3 Good Things every day during the pandemic. Now I've established a regular routine of writing down my 3 Good Things. Here are 3 Good Things from last week:



Good Thing #1:

Hurricane Beryl hit the Texas Gulf Coast 
where I live with 80+ mph winds, 
but our roof stayed on
and our house did not blow down. 



Good Thing #2:

This pecan tree branch,
the thickness of a thigh,
did not go through our roof,
but instead bored down a foot and a half into the ground.



Good Thing #3:

We were able to gather up the tree limbs
for removal by our town soon. 
We had no trees fall during the storm.
We had no other real damage.




Weekend linkup spots are listed below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

I hope you will join the linkup for Sunday Salon below.


Friday, July 12, 2024

French Windows by Antoine Laurain: Book Beginnings on Fridays, First Line Friday, The Friday 56, and Book Blogger Hop

 






Today's Featured Book 

French Windows

 by Antoine Laurain

Genre: Fiction

Published: June 6, 2024

Page Count: 176 pages

Summary: 

"Nathalia, a young photographer, has been seeing a therapist. Having accidentally photographed a murder, she finds that she can no longer do her job. Instead, Doctor Faber suggests that she write about the neighbors she idly observes in the building across the street. But as these written snapshots become increasingly detailed, he starts to wonder how she can possibly know so much about them."




 


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY is hosted by Rose City ReaderWhat book are you happy about reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) on BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY! Add the link to your blog or social media post and visit other blogs to see what others are reading.

Happy Friday and welcome to the FIRST LINE FRIDAY, hosted by Reading is My Superpower! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.


"In the middle of the unevenly cobbled courtyard stands a tall tree. No one has ever quite determined its species; some people in the building see a wild cherry, others an oak, though it has never produced an acorn."








THE FRIDAY 56 is hosted by 
Freda's Voice, but Freda is currently taking a break and Anne of Head Full of Books is filling in. To play, open a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on your e-reader). Find a sentence or two and post them, along with the book title and author. Then link up on Head Full of Books and visit others in the linky. 


'I veer off in a completely different direction. Another of my techniques:

"Share a thought with me that has occurred to you today, completely unrelated to our discussion here. Something absolutely 'off topic.'"

Silence falls once again, broken only by the beating of a pigeon's wings as it flies past the window.

"I thought...this morning, when I was making coffee...that we should always re-read the epigraph once we're finished a book."

"Go on."

"We read a quote from someone other than the author, which the author has chosen to put on the first page of their book, and then we forget all about it. Except the author went to a great deal of trouble to choose it. It sums up the entire book, and then we forget about it. So we should always read it again once the book is finished. Always. The epigraph is the book's true conclusion. That's what I was thinking about."'





My Review: 

Photographer Nathalia Guitry can't take photos after she photographed a murder, and she goes to see a therapist, Dr. Faber, to help her. Faber assigns Guitry the task of writing down the stories of the people who inhabit each floor of the building opposite Faber's office, and Guitry dutifully pens the stories of the person who lives on each floor each week.

Laurain always takes us readers on a surprising journey in his books between what is real and what is not, all the while firmly planting us in the delight that is France.











The purpose of THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and befriend other bloggers. THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer   

July 12th-18th - July is the month for reading by the pool or on the beach. What's your favorite summer beach book, and why is it suitable for a sunny day? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


Take a trip across the old American West with Gus and Call this summer in one of my favorite books, perfect for summer reading, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.



Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July, hosted by Emma at Words and Peace.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Why I Love Paris: My Favorite Photos from Paris: The View From Our Apartment in Paris, 2023





What a view my sister and I had from the terrace outside our apartment when I stayed in Paris for the third time in 2023!

During my time in Paris on that visit, I took photos from the window as often as I could and posted them here.




For more photos, link up at 
Wordless WednesdayComedy PlusMessymimi's MeanderingsKeith's RamblingsCreate With JoyWild Bird Wednesday, and My Corner of the World.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July, hosted by Emma at Words and Peace.


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Summer Reads for Paris in July


If it's summer, we've got to be in France.

How about some book covers that feel like summer in France? 



A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson

The Provence Cure for the Broken Hearted by Bridget Asher

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light by Amy Thomas

At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, & Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

One More Croissant for the Road by Felicity Cloake

The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola

A Breath of French Air by H. E. Bates

Dear Paris: The Paris Letters Collection by Janice MacLeod

My Life in France by Julia Child

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier by Britta Röstlund

The Art of Eating by M. F. K. Fisher

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Paris in Love by Eloisa James




Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information. 


Saturday, July 6, 2024

The Sunday Salon: A Week in Which I Read Two Mysteries...and a Hurricane Blows In

     




Welcome! I'm happy you joined us here at the 
Sunday Salon! 

What is the Sunday Salon? The Sunday Salon is a place to link up and share what we have been doing during the week plus it's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 









What I Read Last Week:

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Mystery; Book Club)

French Windows by Antoine Lauraine (Mystery; Paris in July)





What I'm Reading Now:

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (1000 Books)

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (in French for Paris in July)









What I Posted Last Week Here at Readerbuzz:









Paris in July 2024 has begun, hosted by Emma of Words and Peace.

Here is a listing of all the posts from Paris in July 2023, if you need ideas of books to read or movies to watch or food to eat.

My biggest achievement of the week is finishing Part One of Madame Bovary in French. Hurray! I'm on-track for finishing the book with the group.







I began to list 3 Good Things every day during the pandemic. Now I've established a regular routine of writing down my 3 Good Things. Here are 3 Good Things from last week:




Good Thing #1:

My dad, 97, was awarded this hat 
for being
the oldest veteran
in his retirees club.



Good Thing #2:

400 days of
Duolingo French!




Good Thing #3:

My friend, Rae, and I 
visited the Galveston Bookshop.




Weekend linkup spots are listed below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

I hope you will join the linkup for Sunday Salon below.