It’s been a super busy week but also a very productive one. With the summer solstice and Fête de la Musique it’s officially summertime and Romain, Boomer and I are looking forward to a few getaways on the horizon. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 26 include an article about a couple changing the Parisian hospitality scene, the coolest floating Cheval Blanc Dior spa on the Seine, a look at Loire Valley luxury tree houses you can stay in and a list of 20 beautiful French beaches. Enjoy!
If you’re visiting France this weekend, I apologize. There’s a canicule (heat wave) across the entire country. Paris is especially miserable because of the lack of air-conditioning and, thanks to all of the beautiful stone buildings and roads, the city tends to retain heat like a pizza oven. The good news is by next week temperatures will be back to normal. Other than essential café outings and trips to the grocery store (bigger ones are air-conditioned), we will be locking ourselves inside the apartment, with the mobile AC unit on full blast. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 25 include a list of six Parisian mansions you can stay in, glimpses of the Hubert de Givenchy auction, and a guide to Paris in the summer. Enjoy!
My Saturday coffee while putting together Weekend Links is officially the best of the week. I normally have two espressos every day, but there’s just something about a nearly empty café on a weekend morning, in a very quiet Paris, that always tempts me to linger with an extra espresso. The waiters are writing out the daily specials on the various blackboards and setting the tables for what is sure to be a full Saturday lunch crowd. It’s peaceful. Not to mention, Boomer is on his best behavior, sleeping at my feet instead of searching for stray croissant flakes on the ground. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 24 include an update to Paris’ Wallace Fountains, photos from the 78th anniversary of D-Day, and a list of “rules” for eating and drinking like the French. Enjoy!
It’s another long weekend in France with a holiday on Monday, which is absolutely fine with me. The weather is unfortunately looking a little stormy, but it will give me the opportunity to catch up on a little rest and check some things off my to-do list. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 23 include reviews of places to get a facial in Paris (I tested one yesterday, as wedding prep of course), beautiful photos of everyday poetry in Paris, and the story of Suzanne Lenglen. Enjoy!
No personal update this week – it just doesn’t feel right with yet another senseless tragedy in the United States. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 22 include the Salvation Army’s response to Balenciaga’s Paris sneaker, a list of under-the-radar vacation spots in Europe, and a guide to the Champagne region.