How can I mention the past week without mentioning the various manifestations. I’m very lucky that they haven’t impacted my daily life. The locations are announced in advance, so it’s been easy for me to avoid them and stay home when they’re going on. They’re the most “active” at night, but the days are otherwise almost completely normal. If you have an upcoming trip to Paris planned there are important steps to take to be prepared and flexible, but if things remain the way they are right now there is no reason to cancel or postpone your trip. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 13 include a guide to Marseille, a recreation of Monet’s Water Lilies using Legos, and a list off where to experience Paris in bloom this spring. Enjoy!
Weekend Links: Week 12
It’s been quite an eventful week in Paris and France, which you can read more about below. For me personally the week was pleasantly uneventful for the most part. Spring is really starting to pop up and it’s hard to not feel giddy at the prospect of ditching my winter gear for a while. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 12 include a really good article with tips if you’re traveling to Paris soon, a comparison of work life balance between France and other countries, a list of gorgeous Cannes hotels that has me dreaming of a trip, and a look inside the billion dollar project to clean up the Seine. Enjoy!
Weekend Links: Week 11
This week is one of my favorites of the year in Paris with the Chatou antiques fair. It happens twice a year and is an event I would highly recommend planning a trip around if you’re at all interested in antiques. I’ve found so many treasures over this years and this year was no exception. Emily and I spent the day exploring and Romain even came during lunch to meet us as well, although sadly he couldn’t stay long so we have a return trip in our future either this weekend or next. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 11 include a list of the 24 best bars in Paris, an article that left me craving a salad, and the dreamiest list of the best villas in the South of France. Enjoy!
Weekend Links: Week 10
It was a gorgeous but very, very cold week in Paris. I had a lot of work to catch up on following my trip to the Loire Valley, but managed to carve some time out on Wednesday to visit the Salon International de l’Agriculture with my friend Emily. It’s almost like a French version of a state fair, although without rides and games. We got up close and personal with beautiful animals, including enormous cows, and checked out the various food booths. There were regional specialties from all around France and many gave out free samples if you were willing to wait. They also had an entire international food section. It was super crowded which you have to anticipate going into it, but if you’re in town while it’s going on it would be a fabulous foodie activity and great place to shop for goodies to bring home. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week 10 include a list of new stores, restaurants, and exhibits in Paris, a list of 110 French dog names (of course), and a look at immigrant women leading France’s creative scene. Enjoy!
Weekend Links: Week Nine
This week blew by as I spent most of it in the Loire Valley. I visited the region in December as well – it is so convenient from Paris and a fabulous place to experience. The châteaux are stunning and the countryside gorgeous, even in the middle of winter but especially so during the other seasons. Some of my favorites from Weekend Links Week Nine include a review of the new Karl Lagerfeld biography, a look at a new château-hotel opening, and a story connecting Jackie Kennedy, the Mona Lisa and a French Ambassador’s wife. Enjoy!