Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Paris in July: My Favorite Place in Paris (No, It's Not What You Think)







It's the first place I visited in Paris. 

That's probably why I love it so much.

We went there the first day on my first visit to Paris. It was quiet. Beautiful. Almost empty. A secret treasure.


The roses were extraordinary. Startlingly magnificent colors, as if handpainted. But with a deep rose scent, too.


We took time to smell the roses. You do that in Paris.


And, then, from far away, I saw it. 


There it was. 

My favorite statue in my favorite garden in my favorite city.


We explored the entire garden. It is hard to believe that this huge garden is right in the middle of the busy city of Paris. Such a perfect place.

When I knew I was coming back to Paris, I knew I had to revisit this place.

It was just as wonderful the second time.

Part of the garden was closed off this time. There was to be a wedding that night in the garden.

So we didn't get to see everything. But I saw more stories this time, I think.


The couple watching, a bit enviously, I imagine, as the area for the wedding was set up.


Two employees, talking together quietly, two employees who get to experience this magnificence every day, their normal working environment.


A visitor, trying to capture that beauty.


A group of French school children, enjoying a statue. Look at the little girl's face.


So much beauty.



From Wikipedia:

The Musée Rodin in ParisFrance, is a museum that was opened in 1919, dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It has two sites: the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris and just outside Paris at Rodin's old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine). The collection includes 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs, and 7,000 objets d’art. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.
While living in the Villa des Brillants, Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his workshop from 1908 and subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures (along with paintings by Vincent van GoghClaude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir that he had acquired) to the French State on the condition that they turn the buildings into a museum dedicated to his works.
The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The ThinkerThe Kiss, and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum includes a room dedicated to the works of Camille Claudel.
The museum is one of the most accessible museums in Paris. It is located near a Metro stop, Varenne, in a central neighborhood, and the entrance fee is very reasonable. The gardens around the museum building contain many of the famous sculptures in natural settings. Behind the museum building are a small lake and casual restaurant.







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Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.


Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Des Livres Courts Sur Paris Qui Sont Babuleux (Short Books About Paris That Are Fabulous)

It was a Frenchman who invented the Michelin Guides, so Paris is long accustomed to being starred and tarred.

But when you are Paris, it's mostly stars.


Maybe you are tired, though, of the all the Fodors and Frommers' takes on Paris. For something short and refreshing, why not pick up one of these?






The Little Pleasures of Paris

All the wonderful places to visit in Paris, together with watercolor paintings of the sites and a little blurb about each...excellent!



Everyone Loves Paris

Fifty illustrators share their love of Paris in this book, from the big iconic parts of Paris to the small moments of joy.



F is for France

It's a trivia book. It's an encyclopedia. It's a curious cabinet of wonders. And it's all about the most wonderful place on earth, France. 

You really must read this book.



Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

You really have to see this book to really appreciate how lovely it is. Yes, Vivian Swift has written the story of the road trip she and her new husband took through Paris and France, and that’s lovely in itself, but she is also an artist who takes the tiny details of a trip and shares them with her readers through her compelling drawings, and that takes you right to what is beautiful and amazing about France.



Curiosities of Paris: An Idiosyncratic Guide to Overlooked Delights...Hidden in Plain Sight

I bought a copy of this book for my sister, who frequently goes to Paris, and for me, who has only been two times and dreams of returning.

It will be perfect for my sister. My sister knows everything about Paris that appears in the guidebooks. She will love this fresh and detailed look at the interesting small pleasures of Paris.

In ten more years, after I have been to Paris several more times...it will be perfect for me, too.




Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris

Do you need a guide to the best pastries of Paris? There can be no guide more complete than this one. Mind the copyright date, of course, but give this book a whirl.






Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More

Step where twenty-five of Paris' most esteemed authors, artists, politicians, and "ne'er-do-wells" have stepped when you follow this little guide through Paris. 




750 Years of Paris

Now isn't this fun? Mahé takes a building in Paris from the time it was first built until the present day, stopping now and then to take a close look at how it has changed and what's going on around it, through seven hundred and fifty years of history. It's an oversized book, so each stop on the timeline is filled with lots of delightful details in the drawings. Don't expect a lot of explanation about what's going on, but it's probably sufficient for the children who are the target audience of this book. Quite fun.




Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Said Quoi

Stuff Parisians Like: that's exactly what this book is about. It takes on all the odd and currently fashionable things that those who live in Paris love, and shares them, with an air of both reverence and humor. It's a fun read including things I knew of (scorn for tourists; wearing black; scarves) and things I didn't (snow; Thailand; barbecues), all related in a gentle and kindly manner.




For a list of my favorite short books, take a look at 100 One-Night Reads.




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.


Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Paris in July: La Joie d'un Mois à Paris (The Joy of a Month in Paris)


Week Two of Paris in July is over, and I have delighted in another week in Paris Divine. 

WHAT ARRIVED FROM THE LIBRARY

Now that I am retired, I have more freedom to use my neighboring libraries. Look what came in for me at the library this week:


Let's move in a little closer, shall we?


Lessons from Madame Chic
A Paris Year
Five Hundred Buildings of Paris
The Paris Cookbook
A Paris Neighborhood Cookbook
All Paris
100 Old Masters Paintings from the Louvre Museum
Painting: Musee d'Orsay
Spectacular Paris
Surrealism in Paris

A lot of beautiful coffee table books to enjoy.

WHAT I READ AND AM READING

I also finished a Paris book and started five more. 



Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris
The Paris Cookbook by Patricia Wells
Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More
Paris in the Present Tense: A Novel
We'll Always Have Paris: A Novel

PARIS-THEMED MOVIES

When you celebrate Paris in July for a number of years, you find that you have read and viewed many of the best Paris-themed books and movies; as we say here in Texas, your pickins get slim.

I had to dig very, very deep and I finally came up with these movies from my public library:

Yes, Ma and Pa Kettle go to Paris. 


And do you remember this Paris star? Pepe Le Pew. Somehow skunks never seem to get the girls.


PARIS-THEMED TV
A friend told me about a new detective series on PBS, Maigret. It's set in Paris, and it's excellent.

One of the posts I loved reading this week was from The Gypsy Marmelade. Take a look at Favorite French Cookbooks when you get a chance.

It was a busy week. July 15th is our fortieth wedding anniversary. We already celebrated by taking a trip to Italy and Paris, but we are planning to spend the day with a big breakfast out and the new Mr. Rogers documentary.






What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Paris in July: Sunday Mass at Notre Dame

It is a glorious Sunday morning, and I am in Paris.

I think I will go to Mass. At Notre Dame.



You can't take photos inside during Mass, of course. But, let me tell you, it is glorious. You've never heard organ music like organ music in an ancient cathedral. And you have never heard Mass until you have heard Mass in French. In Notre Dame.



The Mass was packed. But, sadly, mostly with tourists.

Notre Dame!








For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.



Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.


Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Children's Books Set in Paris: Books I Haven't Read Yet





I love lists.

In the past, I've posted a list of Children's Books Set in Paris. The amazing Louise at A Strong Belief in Wicker countered with a list of her own. I later took the lists and combined them to make a Children's Books Set in Paris list at Goodreads.

But one of the things I haven't done is read all the books on the list.

I've decided to work on that this summer. I hope to read the children's books set in Paris that I haven't read yet and then post reviews at Goodreads (and here).

Which books have I not yet read? A lot, it turns out.

The Family Under the Bridge
A Spree in Paree
Come Fly with Me
Mirette on the High Wire
Adele & Simon
Crictor
Madame Martine
Madame Martine Breaks the Rules
Belinda in Paris
Rook
Victor and Hugo by Robert J. Blake
Rooftoppers
A Box of Gargoyles


I started with Victor and Hugo by Robert J. Blake on the first day of July. It's a captivating adventure story. The author is also the illustrator, and the illustrations are beautiful painted canvases, all set in Paris. I was curious about how the author came to write the story, and so I went to the author's website. Here I found this wonderful little video of how Victor and Hugo came about:

 

Bridges2 from rjb on Vimeo.




I do love visiting Paris via children's books.







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.


Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.


Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I Luxuriate in Paris



PARIS IN JULY: THE FIRST WEEK

It's the end of the first week in Paris in July. What a wonderful time I've had in Paris so far. No expensive hotels, no trouble speaking to the locals, no jet lag. This is the way to travel.

What have I experienced this week?

I've read and reviewed these picture books:





I've read and reviewed these books for grownups:



I've got this tv series ready to go:


Maigret, a French detective series, based on the books by Georges Simenon


I've posted my first photos from Paris.

What will I do this week? I have lots more books to read.



SUMMER READATHON


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What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)