This week was a busy one, filled with an excitement in the air that’s been missing for quite some time. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France covers a lot including delicious Normandy market strawberries, the reopening of outdoor dining among other things in France, a must-have new book: Life in a French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons and more!
Normandy Market Strawberries
Strawberry season is in full swing in France and I was thrilled to taste so many fabulous, new-to-me varieties while in Normandy last weekend at the various markets. I had no idea there were so many different types of strawberries grown locally in the region, I just assumed that most came from the south. I loved tasting the ciflorettes which surprisingly even sweeter than the gariguettes! Because we shopped directly from the producteurs (farmers), the strawberries lasted longer and we were able to bring a few barquettes back to Paris.
The New Life in a French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons Book
While Life in a French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons doesn’t release until September, you should have it on your radar now. Cordelia de Castellane, the artistic director of Dior Home and Baby Dior, shares her best tips for living and entertaining à la française. The book is organized by seasons and filled with specific tablescapes, recipes, flower arrangements, interior inspiration and more. Another must-have book for Francophiles to add to your list and a wonderful gift idea!
The Best Tarte au Chocolat
I’m not usually a tarte au chocolat person because I think they can be a little too rich tasting. But…leave it to my very favorite boulangerie/pâtisserie in the entire world in Normandy to completely change my mind. You can feel the buttery difference in the crust and each and the ganache added the most delightful, delicate crunch. Romain and I usually share desserts. I was tempted to cut him out completely and take it just for myself. Whenever in Normandy, stop at Le Friand and try the croissant and the tarte au chocolat!
Outdoor Dining Reopening in France
The most exciting day of the entire year in France was without a doubt Wednesday May 19th. The best way I can describe it is Paris felt (and still feels) alive again. I spent every spare moment of my day walking around and taking in the scene, stopping for espressos sur place, and just smiling. Museums and cultural spaces have also reopened and I can’t wait to visit places without the normal levels of visitors. Check out some of my previous visits to the Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay without crowds.
Donate to 59 Rivoli
59 Rivoli began as an artist squat is now a contemporary art space that houses 30 artists studios (15 of which are permanent). The venue welcomes over 70,000 visitors yearly for concerts, exhibits, and studio visits. Because of the lack of visitors, the non-profit art association needs help to continue – you can make a donation here and plan to visit on a future trip!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!
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