This week I finally felt like I got back into a pretty good routine following the holidays. It took much longer than I expected, but I don’t think I’m alone in that sentiment. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features a new book on Antoinette and Gabrielle Chanel titled The Chanel Sisters, a Paris sandwich shop you need to try, an Instagram milestone for me and more!
I’m happy to be back with Five Friday Finds from France after a small pause for Christmas and New Year’s Day. January in Paris can be a little sad when the holiday cheer goes away and the cold and grey begins to settle in. But 2020 taught me to find the silver lining in every situation so I’ve been trying to do just that. This week’s finds include the perfect winter recipe – Jacques Pépin’s Fromage Fort, where we’ve been buying oysters straight from Normandy in Paris, a glimpse of the Parc de Bagatelle in winter and more!
I absolutely can’t believe this is the last Five Friday Finds from France before Christmas! And that we’re one week away from Christmas. This month is flying by. This week is of course Christmas-y, because I’m sure by now you’ve gathered that I’m completely obsessed. There are a few last-minute gift ideas that you can still pull off (including Molly Wilkinson’s cookbook which is available for pre-order) and ways that you can enjoy Paris at Christmas this year and in the future.
Yesterday the Prime Minister spoke and announced that while the lockdown in France is technically ending on December 15th, the curfew is coming back. This time from 8PM until 6AM, including New Year’s Eve. Again, I understand why, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Despite yesterday’s news, this week’s Five Friday Finds from France includes festive happenings from the Ralph’s Coffee Truck pop-up to gift ideas for Champagne lovers and more!
I can’t believe it’s finally December. There were times that it felt like it would never arrive but it also feels a bit like it was just December yesterday. The holiday decorations around Paris are lifting spirits especially this year, whether you’re seeing them in person or virtually. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France includes a new memoir about Paris, a live virtual walk through Montmartre with historical commentary, the second Bouquinistes Auction, Place Dauphine Christmas trees and more.