Saturday, June 27, 2020

Weekly Wrap-Up: Off to Paris in July




I don't have much to say about my week. Life has been so bleak here in the US that I hope you will forgive me but I'm leaving to spend a month in Paris and I'm heading out early. Today, in fact.






What do I plan to do during my month (plus possibly a few extra weeks) in Paris?


LEARN FRENCH
I broke down and bought a lifetime subscription to all languages (24 to choose from) at Rosetta Stone this week, and I've been working on my French. I'm also listening to Learn French with Paul Noble (on Hoopla). I've enjoyed using both Rosetta Stone and Learn French with Paul Noble in the past.


COOK FRENCH
I have several French cookbooks here, and I'm already working on a pork loin from one of them for dinner tonight.



DRAW FRENCH
I've been drawing every day for a month or so. I plan to put a French spin on my drawings.


WATCH FRENCH MOVIES
I hope to check out some French movies from my library. I have access to Kanopy through my library also, and there are at least three classic French movies on Kanopy that I have never seen.

LISTEN TO FRENCH MUSIC
Ah, French music. Perfect for daily yoga, I think. 


PUT TOGETHER A FRENCH JIGSAW PUZZLE
Jigsaw puzzles have been a comfort during my homestay of late. How about a French jigsaw puzzle


GOING THROUGH MY PHOTOS FROM MY TRIP TO PARIS LAST WINTER
Looking through Paris photos is wonderfully uplifting. Visiting Paris last winter was a happy time. Before all of this.


READ FRENCH
My favorite part of Paris in July is always reading books set in France. What books have I requested? Nonfiction, including The Whole Fromage; The Age of Comfort; Bonjour, Happiness; The Seven Ages of Paris; Vanished Smile. Children's books, including Zarafa, the Giraffe Who Walked to the King; Paris-Chien; King Louie's Shoes; A Dash of Magic. A graphic novel called Pablo. Cookbooks, including Barefoot in Paris. Adult fiction including French Pastry Murder; French Exit; The Chocolate Touch. 


Come along with me, if you'd like. 
I'm not terribly sure I'm ever coming back home.
It's lovely here in Paris.

What have you been doing this week?



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  • What was your week like?
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  • What other bookish things did you do? 
  • What else is going on in your life?

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62 comments:

  1. Are you really going to Paris? Or in your mind? I'm confused ha. Whichever it is I hope it works. I'd love to learn French but it seems tough to me. I just finished A Bookshop in Berlin .... which is quite interesting b/c it's mostly set in Vichy France during WWII .... I think you'd like it -- what a story.

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    1. I'm not going there on an airplane, if that's what you mean. lol. Take a look at Thyme for Tea's post here for more: https://thyme-for-tea.blogspot.com/2020/05/mais-oui-its-on-again.html

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  2. You and I are on the same page: Paris in July! I just linked my "can't wait" post to your Sunday Salon, just to keep in sync with you. I hope that's ok! I love your plans. Mine are a bit different, but are intended to keep to the same effect of cheering up in lockdown.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm happy you linked up. Blogger does not have good ways of keeping up with other bloggers, and a link up is an easy way to see what others are doing.

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  3. This sounds like fun, enjoy your French immersion.

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  4. Enjoy your trip to Paris! Probably much better than my escapes to Tamriel (a video game world). ;)

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  5. I'm already enjoying myself in Paris :) It's lovely here :) Hope you have fun in Paris too!

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  6. France sounds nice right now. Things are, indeed, bleak here.

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  7. Too bad you can't really go to France. Oh, that's right, we can't enter Europe! Ugh. I love your plan to "be in Paris" for the next month or so. It sounds delightful and I am glad to see The Pink Panther movies are on your list.

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    1. I'm reading one big heavy history book, but the others should be fairly light.

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  9. Cool. I did not know you had a linkup about your week. Will check it out. :)

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  10. Have fun in Paris! I may join you this month with a few French books, recipes, or movie posts.

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  11. For a minute, I thought how great! Then I realized it is a virtual trip, but that's okay, too. Whatever takes us away from this horrible place where we live.

    Enjoy your escape.

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  12. I hope you enjoy your time in Paris. =P
    French comedies are the best!

    Happy readings!

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  13. I'll be joining you on a trip to Paris this month!

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    1. Oh, I hope to see you there. We'll remain socially distant, of course, but it will be nice to see a familiar face. No masks needed.

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  14. Sounds like a fabulous idea! I should ask my kids where they'd like to spend July, and have them do the homework for our trip :) And a jigsaw puzzle always looks so fun. I'm afraid my cats are going to steal the pieces when I open the one I got.

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  15. Sounds like a spectacular idea, I look forward to following you on your adventures around France.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. I have so many great photos from my trip back last winter.

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  16. I think a virtual escape to somewhere you love to be is a fabulous idea, Deb! Bon chance, m'amie:)) And the Pink Panther movie should have you giggling away, too - I love the sheer silliness... Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Imagination is one of our great blessings as humans. It's such a refuge.

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  17. Oh, I love this post so much. I am so inspired to some day visit Paris again because of your enthusiasm. Thank you.

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    1. I hope you will visit Paris soon...at least virtually.

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  18. Living in the province of Quebec, I speak, read and write French on a regular basis. One of my favorite French movies is Les Intouchables (The American version is The Upside) but I loved the French version best. I watched it on Netflix but not sure if they have it available in the US Netflix. In July I will escape to Italy with books. :-)

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    1. That's lovely, Laura. I will look for that movie. Thanks for sharing one of your favorites.

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  19. I can't believe it's already time for Paris in July! I need to peruse my shelves, but I'm afraid I've read all my Paris-related books. I may just have to spend the entire month cooking from Julia and Jacques' cookbook. I can throw French Kiss in the movie mix, too. Enjoy your virtual get-away!

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    1. I bet you can find something, Les. I was surprised how much I found on Hoopla.

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  20. It's such a joy to relive a previous trip by looking at all the photos! Enjoy your everything French this month!

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    1. I will. I'm especially looking forward to the cooking.

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  21. Enjoy all your French stuff! That seems like a nice way to escape from the stress and chaos. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I'm all about escape right now. And there's nowhere to run to, baby.

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  22. You have a great plan! I am looking forward to all of your posts this month. :)

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  23. I hope you enjoy your virtual trip to Paris. You certainly seem to be engaging all your senses in the experience. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  24. That is such a cool idea!! While I already have a plan for July, maybe I will hop in for a day or two to Paris!!
    And I am hoping to get more drawing done this month as well, and really get into bookstagramming (move from aspiring to actually doing!!)

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  25. What a fun idea. I'm starting to immerse myself in beach reads. I don't like sand so a beach trip via books is pretty perfect for me.

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  26. Fun fantasy trip! Sorry you don't get to do the real thing...:( Our planned anniversary trip to Ireland in August got rescheduled to 2021. Now we're hoping to do a road trip instead. Well, I'll have to pick out some good audiobooks for that trip if we get to go! For ones we both will like, I usually end up with science fiction short stories or a book of humorous stories.

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    1. Those are the same sorts of reads we take along for a long road trip.

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  27. Good luck with all things French! Rosetta is great. My library has a membership so I can use it to learn one language at a time. I started Irish up a little bit ago.

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    1. I'm eager to try Italian again, and, of course, to work on my Spanish and French.

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  28. I hope the Parisian swing encourages you. Its bleak everywhere.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that. I was hoping it was just an American thing.

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  29. You sure have a great plan for "Paris". Next time you go you will be an expert on all things French. Take care and stay well.

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    1. It's lovely to think about the next time I'll go. I hope so....

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