I’m so excited to introduce Week One of my Weekend Links series. It’s a compilation of my favorite France-related articles from the week. My hope is that you’ll enjoy reading them leisurely over the weekend with a coffee, a glass of wine (be sure to see the ‘Ultimate Guide to French Rosé), or maybe with a French music playing in the background. All three work too, bien sûr.
Alain Ducasse’s new anti-virus air system (the system which cost €50,000 to install will allow his smallest Paris restaurant – where social distancing would be impossible – to open at 80% capacity)
France’s open call to design a monument in the Tuileries Garden commemorating victims of slavery (the artist eventually chosen will be of African-descent)
Melted scaffolding removal begins following the Notre Dame fire (I’m glad that there’s finally a little progress being made)
A new type of French cheese created unintentionally during the lockdown (adding to my list of cheeses to try)
France intends to fine people up to $423 for dropping masks (note to self: do not drop your mask)
Joint letter written by Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin about their time in French brothels goes to auction (Expected selling price? Between €180,000 and €250,000)
Sean Connery’s former home in the South of France is for sale (talk about a dream house in a dream location)
Parisians miss tourists (it’s SO true!)
I hope you enjoyed week one of Weekend Links! I look forward to continuing this series as a way to continue to bring more France into your life. Bon week-end à tous!