After almost eight straight months in Paris, we decided on a quick weekend getaway to Carolles, Normandy. I love Paris, but it was so nice to get out of town – even just for a couple of nights. It’s amazing what a little change of scenery can do. The weekend left me feeling so refreshed and I’m already planning the next weekend trip to Normandy.
This weekend we are in Normandy and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve missed it so much and can’t even begin to describe how nice it feels to be out of Paris, if only for a weekend, after almost eight straight months. Weekend Links Week 17 has lots of articles that I hope you’ll enjoy reading. Some of my favorites include how you can rent Claude Monet’s Giverny house on Airbnb, a piece on the lost art of coffee drinking, how to buy a house in Normandy, and timeless vintage photos of Grace Kelly’s wedding to Prince Rainier III.
It’s been pretty much a picture-perfect April in Paris week. It’s hard to believe that the pink blossoms are already falling and everything is almost fully green. It’s such a beautiful time of year in Paris and if you ever have the opportunity to visit in April I highly recommend it. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features yet another Monoprix find, this time something perfect for summer garden parties, my favorite fraisier (so far) from Stohrer, the oldest pâtisserie in Paris, one-of-a-kind tissue books from Inès Mélia and more.
I first tried a version of this orzo salad with goat cheese seven years ago and it was seriously love at first bite. Immediately I asked my friend for her recipe and it’s been a favorite ever since. I’ve made a few tweaks over the years, which is why it now features goat cheese instead of feta. This is the perfect summer lunch or dinner and is a great recipe to make ahead!
I hope everyone had a nice week. I’m looking forward to spending lots of time outside and I think I’m finally going to plant all of my window boxes…thrilling, I know, but I can’t wait. There are lots of interesting articles in Weekend Links Week 16. Some of my personal favorites are a list of nine ways to avoid looking like a tourist in France that’s pretty spot on, a long but interesting read on the rise of French tacos, a piece on little Tuscany in the heart of Paris (with beautiful photographs), and a look inside Jacques Pépin and Julia Child’s friendship. I hope you enjoy!