It’s September 2nd and I’m still in Normandy. We’d planned to come at the end of August for one last weekend of summer. Surprise, surprise, we’re still here. September is such a great month for a little bit of summer without the crowds and I’m soaking up every moment before heading back to Paris.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the second Dîner Cousu-Main in the garden at Musée Christian Dior in Granville. The dinner at La Bonne Aventure together with Mauviel 1830 featured Granville-native Chef Alex Néel and a meal inspired by both Christian Dior’s La Cuisine Cousu-Main cookbook and local products.
This week flew by grâce à the cooler temperatures in Paris. Being outside was a pleasure again and not immediately dripping in sweat was of course an added bonus. I’m soaking up the last of these extra quiet summer days before la rentrée (and before heading back to Normandy next week…I can’t wait!). This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features a revisit to El Nopal in Paris, my very first French haircut at Leonor Greyl, the upcoming Dîner Cousu-Main in the garden at Christian Dior’s childhood home in Normandy and more.
It feels like simultaneously yesterday and forever ago that we were on Port Cros, the gorgeous French island just across from Hyères on mainland France. Many people visit the island via ferry or boat as a day trip, but we spent four nights on the island. I thought it was the perfect amount of time to really discover all that Port Cros has to offer. Here you’ll find my full Port Cros guide with everything you need to know from how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, and the best hiking on Port Cros!
We were lucky to sneak away to Normandy last week to avoid the heatwave in Paris. We were only in Paris for a week after a trip to the South, but I was already ready to leave again. The best part about coming to Normandy is how relaxing it is (and being à table), and a weekend reset in Carolles was just what I needed.