Happy Friday from Paris! It felt like I pushed the reset button after a very fun, but broken up week last week with the Fête Nationale on Wednesday. After almost six months of waiting (just five days short) I finally picked up my Titre de Séjour, my French residence card, this week. Unfortunately, almost all of the horror stories you hear about the French administration are true. It’s just part of the experience! This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features the croissant from Le Boulanger de la Tour (it’s worth going out of your way to get), a note about traveling to Paris during les vacances, a book on French Château Living and more.
With a Wednesday holiday this week has felt like a series of Mondays and Fridays. It made the week go by quickly, but I’m also ready for a “normal” routine. Five Friday Finds from France features a bit from my first Fête Nationale in Paris, the incredible Ducasse-sur-Seine dinner cruise in Paris, significant news regarding vaccinations in France and more.
I think having something to look forward to always makes time go by faster, and I’ve been looking forward to this week for quite some time. I finally get my second vaccine this weekend and my world will really begin to reopen. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features the Samaritaine: Paris Pont-Neuf book, where to find excellent tomatoes at the Marché des Sablons in Neuilly, an exciting update from my favorite florist in Paris and more.
A few weeks ago I finally switched everything in my closet from fall/winter to spring/summer because the weather has been so temperamental. I decided to leave one heavier coat out, just in case, and ended up using it this week. It definitely doesn’t feel like summer in Paris, although I’ll take these temperatures over heat any day. Five Friday Finds from France features a few things from Normandy like the new Dior en Roses exhibit at Musée Christian Dior Granville as well as some glimpses of summer in Paris, despite the temperatures, like the Fête des Tuileries 2021 and La French Seltzer by Setsun.
It seems like almost overnight life in Paris went back to almost normal. No masks outdoors, no curfews, and everything reopening was an incredible change all at once. Every opportunity I have to sit at a café or restaurant feels like the biggest treat in the world and I can’t wait for more of you to experience it shortly. Temperatures cooled off this week which was also a welcome relief from the heat. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France includes some of the best thermal water sprays, Statue of Liberty replicas in Paris, an incredible French cookbook and more.