Welcome to TSLL’s week of celebrating all things French, and as I type, I am enjoying a pot of French thé after having been outside this morning in mon jardin, my gradually maturing potager, nibbled on some fresh strawberries that were just asking to be plucked, and now am listening to the birds twitter about in the cherry tree just outside my window.
France tickles my everyday life, and especially so when I step into my kitchen, my pace through the day and my décor. No doubt, if you are stopping by today, France and its culture has tickled something in you as well, and keeps drawing you back. Whether it is the food, the pace of life, the beauty, the art, the wine, the fromage (I guess technically fromage is food, but really, we all know its its own category ☺️?), there is just something about France that speaks to you which means you are in very good company and have stopped by TSLL blog during the best week of the year.
TSLL’s 7th Annual French Week begins today and runs through next Sunday, August 21st.
With at least two posts being shared each day (there will be three shared today, including this one), stop by every 12 hours for a new post, and intermixed among these posts will be the six giveaways. The first giveaway has already been posted, and I will link to that at the end of this post.
Enjoy all of the posts at an easy to find location on TSLL blog, reading at your leisure.
~Simply click on “French-Inspired” on the Menu bar just below the header, and then a drop-down menu will appear. Then click “French Weeks“, and it will take you to the page you see below. Catch up on past French Weeks, or check in on the latest post shared during this year’s festivities.
Earlier this year, my latest book, The Road to Le Papillon: Daily Meditations on True Contentment was released, and with the support and interest of TSLL community, became not only a #1 New Release in France Travel, but a #1 Bestseller for the week in early March it became available for purchase. The book is part-memoir and part daily meditation, sharing an entry for each day of the year to inspire you to cultivate your own unique life grounded in true contentment by way of sharing how I discovered to do so with stories from my own journey (learn more here).
I share this about the book because, while many of you already know, the 7th chapter which is the July chapter, is all about France, and August (the 8th chapter) shares many ideas and stories drawn from the French culture as well. Really, throughout the entire book, France and my love for a culture that has been the leading catalyst in the trajectory of my life journey, is included here and there and everywhere, evidenced by the name I gave my home – Le Papillon (the butterfly).
The illustrator I had the good fortune to work with on all of the 14 illustrations you see in the book, and now some have been included in TSLL’s new blog design were created by Sarah Loēcker (read this detailed post about Sarah and each of the illustrations and their inspiration), and it was this spring, upon my return from Paris and England, that Sarah began to create a new illustration for TSLL’s French Week.
Drawn from specific photographs I captured while walking about and returning to the City of Light this past April, a trip my mother joined me on – her first visit to Paris, my sixth – I would love to share with you the locations and moments that inspired the images you see in the illustrations above and below. But first, I have a feeling many of you recognize most, if not all, of the items and can recall where they are located. Go ahead and grab a croissant and perhaps a café au lait, and take a moment to pondering each one.
~Just below: A photograph Sarah captured in Austria before shipping the illustration to Oregon this past July (follow her IG account @tea_in_the_studio for more pics just like this one, beautiful composed capturing vignettes of moments with tea in her everyday life and studio).
- glass of rosé wine
- flat scallop shells
- green Fermob chair
- cheese rounds
- tree in blossom
- ironwork and arches
- garden urn
I want to thank Sarah again for spearheading this idea for an illustration. The moment I returned to the states, she sent me what she had come up, which I was delighted to see. A memory of this trip captured in an illustration (she can create one for you as well! learn more about her work and commission via her website). You can see all of my IG Stories images and pics in the Highlights under FR Trip ’22.
Here is the list of answers/items depicted in the new illustration for TSLL’s Annual British Week:
- glass of rosé wine —let’s begin with a glass of wine, a very good idea indeed ?. This crisp glass of rosé was sipped and savored (I may have ordered a second glass) whilst enjoying the plat du jour at Café Lignac in the 7th arrondissement just a block away from our Paris Perfect vacation rental. I will be sharing a detailed post about this new restaurant which just opened this past October, and as well, watch Season 5 of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show where I recreated the plat du jour that knocked my socks off.
- fan scallop shells —seen at the Marché de Saxe-Breteuil in the 7th arrondissement, open on Thursday and Saturday. Enjoy a view of the Eiffel Tower as you pick up fresh, seasonal market fare.
- croissant —the illustration could not have been complete without a croissant, something we enjoyed each morning, and seems synonymous with any trip to France. I popped into four different boulangeries in the 7th during our stay just to taste test, and while all amazing, my favorite was the one picked up on the corner of the Marché de Sax-Breteuil before wandering about the market.
- green Fermob chair — nothing more clearly identifies that you are in Paris than the Fermob green jardin chairs, and these were found at Les Jardin des Tuileries on a spring morning.
- cheese rounds — found at the ever-popular, and frequented by the locals as much as tourists, La Fromagerie (31 rue Cler), on the famous street in the 7th Rue Cler. I will be writing a detailed post including many of the shops worth visiting on this street in Paris later this week.
- painting — Monet’s panels of his waterlilies seen in Musée de L’Orangerie located on the right-side as you enter Les Jardin des Tuileries. I will be sharing a detailed post and video of my visit later today here on the blog. If you are a TOP Tier Member, you can see this video and many more videos of my visit to Paris in May’s (2022) A Cuppa Moments.
- tree in blossom — the cherry trees were in full fuchsia pink blossom show-time splendor when we arrived (mid-April), and I couldn’t capture enough photos and videos (watch a video of our visit to the park in May’s A Cuppa Moments for TOP Tier Members).
- ironwork and arches — the Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris where we boarded the EuroStar
- garden urn — found in the Tuilieries
Take a look at all of the images that inspired the illustration. Each shared below:
Beginning in 2016, TSLL’s French Week continues to be readers’ favorite week of the year (and I too look forward to it very much as well). Each year around the commencement of this week’s events, I tend to be inspired to plan my next trip or sign up for a French language class. In fact, I just signed up for my fall language course yesterday with Washington D.C.’s Alliance de Française which comes highly recommended from fellow TSLL readers. I am determined to improve! ☺️
What to Look Forward to This Week During TSLL’s French Week
- Six giveaways with nine winners with the Grand and final Giveaway being announced on Friday August 19th with only a 24-hour window to enter, so do be sure to stop by throughout the week to enter.
- Two posts every day this week, running through Saturday August 20th, and all of the winners will be announced in the final post on Sunday August 21st.
- Two Podcast episodes, French-inspired theme (Monday and Thursday)
- Detailed posts of recommended places to visit, dine and explore in Paris from my most recent trip this past April.
- Engagement, ideas and memories shared from all TSLL readers regarding their affection for the French culture in the comments section of each post.
- Be sure to explore becoming a TOP Tier Member (monthly, quarterly or yearly options available) — ad-free reading AND exclusive ability to enter all of British and French Week’s giveaways, unlimited reading of all TSLL’s content. Yep, even the exclusive content which includes TSLL home tours and Shannon’s Journey posts (what made me smile, Saturday Ponderings and the monthly A Cuppa Moments video chat).
- And the first giveaway is live now on the blog – be sure to log in if you are a TOP Tier Member, or become one so you can enter.
Speaking of giveaways, there will be nine lucky winners this week, and if you are a TOP Tier Member of TSLL blog you will have the opportunity to enter to win each one. (Learn more about the many benefits, along with being able to have exclusive giveaway access here when you explore the TOP Tier Member options. And do keep in mind, the prices you see today will go up on January 2023, so if you sign up prior to that date, your price is grandfather/mothered in and will never change so long as you remain an Active member).
And as it has become a custom, the first post of French Week begins with a giveaway!
The First Giveaway:
One reader will win their own Trudon candle. Handmade in Normandy from a company that was founded in 1643. These are candles of luxury, and one candle from the Classics collection of $135 value will be given to a lucky TOP Tier Member.
Learn more about exactly what is being given away in this post where you will also be able to enter. (If you leave a comment here, you will not be entered in the giveaway – be sure to leave a comment on the Giveaway post – linked below.)
Click here to enter the Trudon Candle Giveaway
Thank you for stopping by to begin this festive week of all things French! Be sure to stop by later today as I have a third post to share with you. Bonne journée!
27 thoughts on “Bienvenue à la 7ème Annuelle Semaine de Française de TSLL & Let’s Look at the New Illustration created by Sarah Lœcker”
This comes perfectly timed with my decision to begin studying French!!
Parfait indeed! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by Melissa. I do hope you enjoy the week.
Will you be selling the recent print (described above) Sarah designed for TSLL?
I would love to have one for myself and also for one of my besties with whom I enjoyed dog siting in Paris for summers before COVID.
We are full-fledged Francophiles!
So tickled you like the illustration. No, this one is not being sold as a print. You can reach out to Sarah and she can create one for you, tailored to your or your friend’s memories. Thank you for stopping by. ??❤️
Oh my gosh, I am so looking forward to all the posts this week! Sarah Loëcker’s illustration is lovely and perfect. YAY, it’s French Week!! xx Rona
The Trudon candles, while very pricy are wonderful. I purchased a mini offering of three for a reasonable price. They last a very long time and even when they are not lighted they will emit a beautiful scent into the room.
My guilty pleasure. French week with Shannon Ables, great way to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall.
I am so excited, I am able to indulge my love of everything French.
Thank you Shannon.
Looking forward to the week. What a nice piece of art Sarah created based on your photos. ?
Sarah Loecker’s artwork is gorgeous! It’s wonderful to see the photos that inspired her illustration. I wish you luck with your French course! Montreal is also a great place to practice speaking the language ?
Thank you for introducing me to Sarah and her instagram account! As a fellow tea enthusiast, I know I will enjoy following her account. Her illustration for French Week has truly captured your recent visit to Paris!
I would love to plan a trip to experience all the beautiful things shared in your French Week watercolor illustration.
Shannon and all,
I am so enjoying your enthusiasm for France. My husband and I first went to Provence in September of 2014. What is particularly joyful is that after our first couple days there, we both knew we wanted to return in a way that did not happen during all of our many travels around the USA and abroad.
We returned to spend the next 5 Septembers in Provence. Then Covid! We are returning this September after two years off. We will stay for a month! As you know, the anticipation is definitely part of the enjoyment so I am basking in that right now and the gratitude I feel in my heart simply swells.
I hope many of you will get to experience first hand the joys of Provence.
I am sitting in my boudoir (with my pup), listening to the Escape to France playlist and drinking a cafe as I eagerly enter into French Week. Looking forward to all that you have in store and being introduced to some fabulous new products to try.
Thank you for all the hard work you put into making this week special for all of us who have not had the joy of visiting France, and allowing those who have to reminisce on the time they had.
Looking forward to all this week has in store!
Looking so forward to French Week! Kicking it off with Carla Bruni, Sidney Bechet and my favorite Paris mug (found in a train station, of all places). Sante!
Bonjour! This will be my first French week as a top tier member, and I am excited! I’ve been enjoying daily(ish) French lessons via French Together, but I was delighted to learn that Alliance de Francaise has two locations in Atlanta–one quite close to me! Once I complete my French Together course, I plan to sign up for an in-person course with the alliance. I love your French playlists, Shannon, and often listen while I work. One of the many joys of working remotely!
Thank you for saying hello and sharing how you enjoy exploring and learning more about the French culture. ???❤️ I do hope you enjoy this week.
Bonne Semaine de Française de TSLL! I am excited for this week, even though I am about to go to non-Francophone countries for my long-awaited summer travels, let alone my first trip since the pandemic. Bravo for enrolling in Alliance Française—what an excellent way to take your French to the next level—I bet you will be speaking like a native in no time! Oui, I have been reading Le Road to the Papillon to take a little bit of French-inspired living every day. I am savoring lavender-flavored chocolate and French roast coffee after watching my church online service. (I decided to stay home as much as I can prior to my trip.) I watched an episode of Échappées Belles (French documentary series about places around the world—to the best of my description, imagine an amped-up French-speaking Rick Steves—I definitely enjoy Rick Steves as well) about the Tyrol region, as Innsbruck is one of the cities I will visit. I got a two-for-one with this episode—learning about a place I will soon be visiting in French. Gros bisous!
Thank you for all your hard work putting this week together! I will be looking up the Escape to France playlist. But first… off in search of a croissant or baguette…
So happy to be able to bring this week to readers. I like the way you think! A croissant or baguette and French tunes! ☺️ Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you enjoy the week. ?❤️??
I needed a bright ray of sunshine this week and I’m looking forward to all of the French Week posts to come 🙂
Ah, French week! I can only imagine the work and planning required to present this to your dedicated readers. Hello to all the new members, you will thoroughly enjoy everything Shannon has to offer. I was fortunate to have entered and won one of the British Week prizes and my best wishes to all who enter this French Week as well. I look forward to reading all the posts as well as adding many “To Do’s” to my ever-expanding list of ideas and recommendations shared here. Now, a quiet moment with a new read, my French Tea, and a piece of amazing chocolate cake!
Lucy, your evening sounds delicious and wonderfully cozy. Thank you for the reminder to slow down and savor, a lesson definitely learned in your household. I am grateful for your comment and thank you for stopping by. I do hope you enjoy the week. 🙂
I opened the wine and I’m ready for a fun french week!
I love how so many people are excited about French Week. Back to Duolingo for me…and thank you for encouraging me to learn something new! (Brain strength)
Hi Shannon! I’m so excited for French Week!! What a way to kick off the week with these Beautiful candles. I took my 96 year old father-in-law to Positano a few years ago, one of the last places on his bucket list . We took a picture together overlooking the Stunning Amalifi Coast, the Positano by Giambattista Valli would be a sweet reminder of that special day. Merci : )
Ah Shannon, your French inspired posts are among my very favourites and always inspire me. Reading the inspiration that lies behind each image of the art work (beautiful again from Sarah) really ignited the fire again that I will visit Paris again next year! And hopefully on to Provence, still inspired by your 2018 (?) trip. Walking around a French market nibbling a croissant is where I will be next year!