Week Two of the Weekend Links series features twelve more France-related articles for your reading pleasure. You’ll find everything from a Ritz Paris tableware auction, to a tour of a stunning Parisian apartment, the fascination with the Prime Minister’s beard and more. There’s a little something for everyone!
Another week has flown by here, largely thanks to the perfect weather. It’s hard to believe that the temperature has been hovering around 70°F (21°C) as a high. I absolutely cannot complain. Temperatures in Paris are expected to rise drastically next week, so I can’t promise I won’t complain then. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features my favorite peonies of the year, an unexpected potager in the Jardin des Tuileries, a terrasse in the Jardin du Luxembourg you need to have on your list, a piscine margarita and more!
Today is the official reopening of bars and restaurants all across France. It’s a day most people have been waiting three months for. It’s also a major step in getting back to normal, regular life (although I must admit, last week in Paris felt pretty close to normal).
I’ve been a fan of window boxes in Paris since my first trip when I saw the iconic red geraniums at Plaza Athénée. When I returned to study abroad I posted a photo of the hotel façade on Instagram joking that it was my address for the semester. It took almost eight years, but I finally have my very own Parisian window boxes filled with geraniums.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a quiet weekend in Paris. I’ve had quiet Sundays for sure – most Sundays are like that luckily. But Saturday is always my day to explore. It’s when I discover new to me parts of Paris – restaurants, cafés, museums, exhibits, parks, neighborhoods – anything really. None of which are options right now. The lockdown is over, but so much is still off-limits.