This & That: August 19, 2022, French Week
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Bonjour! Three collages had to be created this week to fit all that is in this year’s French Week This & That because I have a loooooong list of books, all pertaining to something about France whether in memoir form, novel form or for the cook and so many other topics of interest. A new film that plays with the plot of a famous French novel written in the 19th century, a new Maison line from a Provençal brand, if you adore Monet, you are in luck with all of the different books inspired by his gardens at Giverny, and clothing finds from French brands as well. Plus! Yep, so much more. 🙂

Books

Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis

This book will be my book to get lost in this fall when I am not out in the garden and the temperatures begin to drop, as it looks fascinating, and the reviews are very strong. Yep, it is true, Josephine Baker was a spy during WWII while she was in Paris, performing to raucous, adoring crowds. So much is shared for the first time in this biography of the woman who was just recently given the Legion of Honor in France. Read a review shared in The New Yorker to explore further before picking up your copy. Mine is in my cart as we speak. 🙂

The Façades of Paris: Windows, Doors and Balaconies by Dominique Mathez  (Illustrator), Joël Orgiazzi  (Contributor)

Released this past May, The Façades of Paris “invites readers to lift up their eyes while strolling throughout Paris’s streets and boulevards to pause, discover, and appreciate the facades of its buildings and the delicate artworks that are their windows, doors, and balconies. Innumerable motifs ornament the architecture of the French capital—each a minor masterpiece of fine design and ironwork artistry.” 

How to Live Like a Little Prince: A grown-up’s guide to rediscovering imagination, adventure and awe by Stéphanie Garnier

I stumbled across this book in a local bookstore this summer, and immediately put it on the list to share this week for French Week. “In How to Live Like the Little Prince, Stéphane Garnier revisits St. Exupér’s story with a fresh, contemporary eye, urging us—as the Little Prince did—to preserve our childlike wonder by slowing down, dreaming big, and showing humble kindness to our planet and one another. In each chapter, Garnier beautifully conjures the expressive wisdom of St. Exupéry’s storytelling, reminding us of essential lessons like how to be rebellious and incorruptible, how to leave your mark on the world, how to be free from the judgment of others, and how to let go and be alone.”

Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Katherine J. Chen

Reviews have been strong from critics for Katherine J. Chen’s new novel drawing on all that we do know about Joan of Arc, and then filling in the gaps of what we do not. “This meticulously researched novel is a sweeping narrative of her life, from a childhood steeped in both joy and violence, to her meteoric rise to fame at the head of the French army, where she navigates the perils of the battlefield and the equally treacherous politics of the royal court. Many are threatened by a woman who leads, and Joan draws wrath and suspicion from all corners, while her first taste of fame and glory leaves her vulnerable to her own powerful ambition.”

A Meal Observed by Andrew Todhunter

Just last week I finished reading A Meal Observed, a memoir of a book that is written entirely about one dining experience at the three Michelin starred restaurant in Paris Taillevent, an experience that is quite delicious and engaging to read. Published in 2004, the author (and guest along with his wife) had the opportunity to intern/observe the kitchens of Taillevent prior to his dining opportunity, so throughout each chapter, Todhunter shares what goes on behind the scenes to create the food that wins praises from customers from around the world. A light read that is thoughtfully written. Thank you to Diana, a TSLL reader for bringing this title to my attention 😌💛.

Monet, Water Lilies: The Complete Series (English edition) by Jean-Dominique Rey and Denis Rouart

A book to have in your library if you, like me, have an affection for Claude Monet’s most famous works. The English edition (linked above) is quite a bit more expensive. I recommend the French edition, Monet, Les Nympheas, for this reason, and also, to have it written in its original form. Find all of the paintings in this book, a book I wanted to purchase while visiting L’Orangerie this past spring (see first pic below), but feared I wouldn’t have enough room in my suitcase. I should have just purchased it. Argh!

The book as I saw it this past April in the gift shop at L’Orangerie in Paris. Shannon, big mistake not to purchase it at that moment. BIG!🙃

Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love by Julie Scolnik

Released last October and continuing to receive praise is the memoir by Julie Scolnik, Paris Blue. Her story begins in 1976: “Twenty-year-old American student Julie Scolnik had just arrived in the City of Light to study the flute when, from across a sea of faces in the chorus of the Orchestre de Paris, she is drawn to Luc, a striking (married) French lawyer in the bass section. This moving tale of an ebullient young American and a reserved Frenchman will transport readers to the cafés, streets, and concert halls of Paris in the late seventies, and, spanning three decades, evolves from deep romance to sudden heartbreak, and finally to a lifelong quest for answers to release hidden, immutable grief.”

A Waiter in Paris: Adventures in the Dark Heart of the City by Edward Chisholm

I just learned of this new book, A Waiter in Paris, that was released this past Tuesday, and well, it does not romanticize Paris, let’s just be clear, but it may just be a very interesting read. “Edward Chisholm’s memoir of his time as a Parisian waiter takes you beneath the surface of one of the most iconic cities in the world—and right into its glorious underbelly. He inhabits a world of inhuman hours, snatched sleep and dive bars; scraping by on coffee, bread and cigarettes, often under sadistic managers, with a wage so low you’re fighting your colleagues for tips. Your colleagues—including thieves, narcissists, ex-soldiers, immigrants, wannabe actors, and drug dealers—are the closest thing to family that you’ve got.” Read an excerpt from the book in Air Mail.

Cookbooks

La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E.Saint-Ange: The Original Companion for French Home Cooking by Madame Evelyn Saint-Ange (Author), Paul Aratow

A classic of a cookbook, and a must-have for cooks who love French cuisine. Originally published in 1927, it wasn’t until 2005 that her cookbook was published in English. “A housewife and a professional chef, Madame Evelyn Saint-Ange wrote in a rigorous yet highly instructive and engaging style, explaining in extraordinary detail the proper way to skim a sauce, stuff a chicken, and construct a pâté en croûte.” With more than 700 pages, discover “1300 authentic French recipes for such classics as Braised Beef, Quiche Lorraine, Cassoulet, and Apricot Soufflé; original illustrations of prepping and cooking techniques; and seasonal menus for every meal of the day.” 

Délicieux: The Recipes of France by Gabriel Gate

Published in 2017, in Délicieux Gabriel Gate shares recipes for “the simplest tarts and gratins, to the fish stews and savoie sponge cakes, displaying the diversity and originality of France’s rich culinary heritage. Gabriel has chosen recipes from every corner of France: from Normandy, with its delicate Channel fish and seafood, and fine butter and cream; to Provence in the south, with its Mediterranean vegetables and olive oil. He has visited local markets, cafés, fine-dining restaurants and patisseries, discovering new chefs, and uncovering original recipes of the most classic French foods.”

French Cooking for Beginners: 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook Like a Parisian by François de Mélogue

While released in 2020, Françaois de Mélogue’s cookbook is worth sharing. “In French Cooking for Beginners you’ll discover how to make the timeless, tasty cuisine served up at French dinner tables and in beloved bistros and brasseries. Author François de Mélogue breaks down classic French cookbook dishes like Duck Confit with Crispy Potatoes, Bouillabaisse, and Coq au Vin into easy-to-follow steps perfect for the newcomer. Along the way, you’ll learn how to put together a cheese board any Parisian would be proud of, fry the perfect pommes frites, and pair food and wine like a pro.”

French Countryside Cooking: Inspirational dishes from the forests, fields and shores of France by Daniel Galmiche

Updated and released again last year with a timely emphasis on sustainability and responsibly-sourced ingredients, in French Countryside Cooking, “multiple-Michelin-starred Daniel Galmiche presents a fresh approach to French cooking. Taking inspiration and ingredients from meadow and orchard, from field to forest, and from river to sea, each recipe elevates authentic French rural classics to sophisticated dishes, full of flavour and easy to create at home . . . With short ingredients lists and straightforward guidance on how to perfect chef-level techniques such as dehydrating and sous-vide without the fancy equipment, this book will allow you to master innovative French cuisine – and reduce food waste – with simplicity.”

Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist and his Kitchen Garden at Gievrny by Aileen Bordman and Derek Fell

Released in 2015, this cookbook remains on my wishlist, and I need to welcome it into my kitchen library soon! “For the first time in history, Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny brings Claude Monet’s beloved kitchen garden back to life. Written by filmmaker Aileen Bordman and garden writer Derek Fell, the book includes sixty recipes linked to Monet’s two-acre kitchen garden near his home at Giverny, France. Included is detailed information about the vegetables he grew, plus photographs and descriptions of the house interiors and gardens capturing Monet’s extraordinary lifestyle. Meryl Streep has written the Foreword and the recipes beautifully photographed by Steven Rothfeld.”

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A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Delphine Constantini  (Photographer), Robert De Niro  (Foreword), Cécile Maslakian  (Contributor)

Released in 2020, a Parisian bistro founded in 1908, La Fontaine de Mars is nestled in the heart of the French capital. “As soon as guests pass through the heavy red curtain, they are captivated by the spirit of a place that has lovingly preserved the traces of its past. Checkered tablecloths, vintage objects, earthenware tiles, and delicious dishes in generous portions await. Here, you can discover glorious recipes, such as Cassoulet, Porcini Mushroom Pâté., and Strawberry-Pistachio Sabayon, and see the colorful history of La Fontaine de Mars unfold before your eyes. Neighborhood regulars, savvy tourists, celebrities (including Robert De Niro, who contributes a foreword, and Mick Jagger), American expatriates, and figures from the world of fashion all frequent this legendary address.”

Potager: Fresh Garden Cooking in the French Style by Georgeanne Brennan

As our gardens and the farmers’ markets are now full of the bounty that the warmth of summer makes available, I thought bringing this book back to our attention may be one you will want to add to your kitchen library. Potager: Fresh Garden Cooking in the French Style shares recipes from the award-winning author Georgeanne Brennan. In Potager, discover the classic guide to French country cookery that features sixty ingenious recipes made from the finest of fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the potager, or kitchen garden.”

Décor

Coming Home to Nature: The French Art of Countryfication by Gesa Hansen and Estelle Marandon

Released this past April, if you are drawn to the comfort and quiet of Mother Nature, a home or cottage set in the country, be sure to explore Coming Home to Nature for décor inspiration that welcomes the French country but in a contemporary setting. “A calmer life enriched by its surroundings, with more space at home, a burgeoning garden, and a relaxed ambiance is a seductive combination. But a country house is different from a cozy apartment, just steps from modern conveniences. In their search for a deeper experience, they embarked on a long-term project that required planning and effort, but it brought unexpected joy along with the challenges.
 
“Life in the countryside takes adjustment and there is much to be learned—from furnishing and organizing your home to getting the most from nature and your garden, and from dressing to suit your new setting to hosting relaxed soirées where you’ll linger over dinner with your guests. This is the art of countryfication. Alongside portraits of similar-minded individuals and families who have adopted country living, this book provides insight, practical advice, and recipes that celebrate life in the countryside, all while retaining a Parisian flair.”

Films

Gemma Bovery

I happened upon the film Gemma Bovery a couple of weeks ago (thank you TSLL reader Wanda for recommending it!) as it spoke to both my Francophile as well as Anglophile predictions (the leading actor stars as one half of an English couple who have purchased a home in northern France). On the surface, the film parallels Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary (published in 1857), but in reality the film is a feminist commentary which for anyone who has read the novel, will most definitely have much to talk about when the film concludes. Novels written by men about women, hmmm . . . is that really possible for a realistic take or is something else at play and how powerful is literature? Oh, that’s right, powerful! In other words, such a perception as fact is a flaw that perpetuates stereotypes and limitations for the gender the author is not identifying as, non? Those questions and more arise, and along the way, the viewer is entertained by the beautiful French countryside. Have a look at the trailer and I do recommend watching it.

Garden

Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration and Insights from the Painter’s Gardens by Elizabeth Murray

With more than 75 color photographs of Monet’s gardens in Giverny, Normandy, a professional gardener and artist, Murray helped to restore the Giverny gardens in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site, where she returns annually to capture Monet’s passion at its most radiant and riotous. Published in 2010, in this redesigned, updated edition, “Murray discusses the development and history of Monet’s Giverny estate and brings new insight to Monet s approach to gardening and design. Emphasizing his keen understanding of color balance and his genius for maximizing the effects of light, Murray explores the favorite color combinations and techniques with which Monet experimented in both painting and gardening—each pursuit informing the other. Murray’s lush photographs chronicle the present-day gardens, and a section titled ‘Bringing Giverny Home’ provides detailed Giverny-based garden plans that can be applied anywhere. Full-color illustrations of the gardens, a list of the plants originally used by Monet, and a plant cultivation section round out this immensely helpful guide to creating year-round beauty in one’s own backyard.”

Shopping

Isabel Marant Sand Bay leather-trimmed raffia shoulder bag

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A summer handbag to return to each year for quality and functionality.

Luxe Provence Table Linens

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The female-owned and operated business located in Provence, with lovely linen clothing and now home linens made by a small team of seamstresses in the area, Luxe Provence has just introduced their three different table linens, and this one is my favorite, but it was not an easy choice.

Sézane Abélia Blouse (more colors)

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A simple, yet elegant blouse to elongate the neck. As we prepare for the fall season, this blouse would look well paired with high-waisted pants or jeans, or a skirt.

Look for TSLL’s annual Fall Shopping Guide to be posted here on the blog September 1st.

Sézanne Mélodie Espadrilles

But summer is not over yet! And a good pair of espadrilles will never go out of style.

Saint James Summer Sale

The sweater you saw in this Style post shared earlier this week came from Saint James, a company dedicated to perfecting the Breton top in all styles and colors. Today, they are having a sale, and many of their styles, including this Breton Stripe Form Fitting Dress (more color combinations), are on sale, and significant discounts at that.

Veronica Beard Sand Athens Dickey charmeuse blazer, 55% off

Loving this neutral hued blazer from designer Vanessa Beard, and the discount is making me figure out if I need to welcome it into my closet sooner rather than later.


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Bonjour! Ça va? 🙂

I hope this week has treated you well and that you have been able to explore all that TSLL’s 7th Annual French Week has shared thus far. I have had sooooo much fun bringing together the posts, tours, episodes and giveaways, and it is hard to believe this annual week of celebrating all things French is nearly wrapping up for another year. But don’t worry as we still have three more posts not including this one sharing French inspired content, and one will be going live in 12 hours, the Grand Giveaway (explore becoming a TOP Tier Member so you can enter this giveaway and all of the previous 5 giveaways shared this week).

While this week keeps me at my computer moreso than most weeks, it is a joy to hear about your French memories, what you love about France and savoring celebrating a culture that has brought so much delight into my own life and yours as well.

The week for me began as you see in the photo above, on the garden porch, enjoying my Sunday croissant, attempting to do the daily crossword and savoring the gentle warmth of morning sun and a sunflower recently picked from my garden. This was a morning I greatly savored, and hope you are able to find moments such as this one that you love as well.

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If you are just beginning to explore this annual week’s content, be sure to take a look at all of the posts that have been shared in one easy-to-find-location here on the blog – the French Week page, then click on 7th Annual. So far 13 posts have been shared, which include two new podcast episodes. These two episodes wrapped up Season 8 of The Simple Sophisticate which means the new season will begin in September. A reminder that when the new season of the podcast begins, the episodes will be available on Wednesday (the 1st and 3rd of each month) instead of Monday. This is just a slight change, and one that is happening because I now have given my entire work focus to blogging since retiring from teaching (I used to produce the episodes on the weekend due to my school schedule), so a change that makes so much more sense, but don’t worry, each Monday, a Motivational post will go live to help kick off your week well.

And one specific note I want to bring your attention to is the most popular post of this week, and actually, it may be the most popular post of 2022, is this post, talking about Effortless Style. If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to have a peek.

The most popular post of the week and looks to be the most popular of the year 2022 – Effortless Style—Capsule Wardrobe Details to Include

And now the weekend has arrived, and here we go! I am ready! I hope you are looking ahead to a couple of days of whatever makes you smile. I will be visiting the return of Bend’s Antique Fair (they haven’t had one for nearly two decades, so most curious to take a look), tending to my garden, and in all honestly, relaxing and catching my breath. 😌 I have a feeling something French will be cooked in the kitchen at some point or another – surprise, surprise. ☺️🇫🇷❤️ Okay, now to the list of posts and articles and one video that takes you through a Paris apartment. I do hope you enjoy and thank you so much for visiting TSLL blog. Until the next French post in 12 hours, bonne journée!

~9 Regional French desserts to giving you a tasting tour of France [Frenchly]

~A car-free trip to the Loire Valley [HipParis]

~Ten of the best day trips out of Paris [The Local]

~Are you an introvert in a relationship and curious how to ensure you have quality time for yourself? Read this article from Introvert, Dear.

~A recipe for crusty no-knead baguettes [Kevin Lee Jacobs, A Garden for the House]

~An interesting read.- Here’s the uncomfortable truth: France can remain globally relevant only in English [Le Monde, subscription may be required]

~The Post-Brexit Guide for Brits Who want to live (and stay) in France [The Local, subscription may be required]

~London’s Heathrow airport extends passenger cape through October [Forbes]

~You may remember his work which was shared in past Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Boxes, French cartoonist Sempe, famous for whimsical New Yorker covers, has passed away at 89 [France 24]

~The benefits of not fitting in when you are a quirky gifted outsider [Your Rainforest Mind]

~Rennes: The perfect city for a weekend getaway from Paris [Frenchly]

~10 harsh realities that help you grow [Marc & Angel]

~Summer is not over yet, and Nigel Slater’s recipe for fried prawns and watermelon might just hit the spot on hot weather days [The Guardian]

~One of Claude Monet’s Haystack paintings sold for a record price at auction [France 24]

~The Olympics are coming to Paris in 2024 and ticket sales open in December, Discover How to Get Them [Forbes]

~Reading this and taking note, the absolute best way to prune English lavender beautifully [A middle-sized garden]

~Why travel is about to get much cheaper, Phew! [AFar]

~The best Cotswolds village’s to visit [House & Garden UK]

~The Founder of Hip Paris and Haven in Paris vacation rentals is giving away a dream trip to Paris, accommodations included when you help send Hunger in Maine – learn and donate here to enter

~The original Orient Express Train is Returning to Paris, and It’s More Glamorous Than Ever [CNTraveler]

~Let’s slip away to Paris and take a home tour of art gallery owner Fanny Saulay, shared on Parisian Vibe’s channel


~Catch up on last week’s This & That: August 12, 2022

As the summer entertainment season winds down, more than a few films worth exploring, a new series debuting starring Nicola Walker from The Split, two different styles of classic trench coats, both at great prices, a new series adapted from a favorite film that is receiving high praise, a book to read that is already on the Best Books of 2022 list, travel to and visit Provence with a favorite blogger in her new offering, and much more. 

~Please note: TSLL is supported by you, readers who take the time to stop by (merci!), peruse and sometimes welcome into your life mentioned and recommended finds. Affiliate links are present in today’s post and may earn commissions for TSLL when you purchase. View TSLL’s full Privacy Policy here.

19 thoughts on “This & That: August 19, 2022, French Week

  1. What a wealth of treats this week, I have truly enjoyed French week and taking part in the giveaways and comments. I’m yet to listen to the podcasts but that will be weekend listening whilst walking. The episode about the Eurostar is of interest as I will hopefully be taking it next year.
    This week, the Gemma Bovery film, Paris Blue, A Waiter in Paris and the beautiful Sezane blouse (that emerald green 😍) have caught my attention.
    Thanks for a great week of content Shannon, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Sarah

  2. I do love these special weeks and this one hasn’t disappointed. I have already perused a few items on the St James website as I’d like a stripey jumper. Your film recommendation looks a treat too so I’ll be looking out for that one. Have a smashing weekend. X

  3. I love your curated suggestions for all of us, and I have never been disappointed when following up on one of them. Quite enjoyable for me was the lovely film, The Rose Maker. What a sweet story, and watching a film with English subtitles made me feel very intellectual! Keep posting your amazing finds, and thank you once again for a lovely week.

  4. I love This & That every week, but during French week I will need to read a few more times and take notes! Thanks, Shannon and happy weekend!

  5. I have really enjoyed myself today, Shannon. Thank you. When I found out the ‘sequel’ to The Little Prince was published I ordered it. Right now I’m rereading it. This morning at breakfast I’ll begin reading S. Garner’s book. You are very fortunate to be youthful and to be traveling; approaching eighty I visit far away places by arm chair. I’ve so enjoyed this French week; you’ve given me so many hours of pure enjoyment! I’ve entered each contest and it’s been fun to be a part of discovery of things French! Being retired and now a widow I’ve devoted lots of time in changing my home. Now after purchasing I am satisfied and very comfy with my French/retired style. So, thank you Shannon. God bless you. — Teresa

    P. S. After years of desire, I’m looking into and overnight on The Orient Express. It would take place in a few years from now. A friend and I are aiming for travel for ‘real’ one last time.

    1. What an inspiration your words are to me right now. I know any amount of time on the Orient Express would be an amazing journey! Best wishes, hope you are lucky to win one of Shannon’s contests. She always curates the most interesting and quality items. I would love to hear more about French/retired style!

    2. Theresa, I so love your planning a trip on the Orient Express with a friend. It’s wonderful to have a dream and work on the plans And yes, fingers crossed you are winner of one of the French Weeks contests.

    3. Teresa- oh, I hope your traveling dreams are realized! Your words sum up why this community is so inspiring. The realizations that one can live luxuriously and contently and can continue to learn every day are some of the reasons Shannon has so many followers. I’m glad so many are enjoying French week.

  6. Oh, Fanny’s Paris apartment! I loved watching that!
    Shannon, I will refer to This & That many more times. That blouse looks lovely. And the book Paris Blue will join my TBR stack. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend! 😊

  7. That BLOUSE! I have the tab open now and am trying to decide between the emerald and the fall flowers print. I am enamored with the St James striped dress, but unfortunately, the sale did not include the colors that look best on me. I’m looking forward to spending more time with the linked articles and taking a closer look at the book recommendations; my to-read list is continuing to grow. Bon week-end!

  8. Well this has been quite a week! Chock full of French treats to savor and explore. Ooh! Those rosemary shortbread cookies with fig jam look scrumptious. I will have to take a good look at Monet’s Palate Cookbook. Several more films to watch, as well as some interesting reads. Thank you Shannon for filling us to the brim with so many things to enjoy during French Week. Enjoy and savor your weekend. Xx

  9. Thank you Shannon for a fun informative week. When I was in Paris a few years ago I visited the St James store and bought the dress . One of those classics I just love . Now a sweater would be nice. There is so much to dive into today, but I did read thru how to prune lavender. I’ve been doing it wrong, so thank you for bringing the article to our attention. Looking forward to fashion week and fall cooking. Have a wonderful weekend. Nancy

  10. I have 95 pages left to read in Chen’s Joan. I know little about Joan of Arc so I’m not sure where fact & fiction merge or differ but am thoroughly enjoying it. I do recommend it. I’ve checked my library’s card catalog & Gemma Bovery is in the system so I will be requesting it. I think a movie/book comparison will be fun.

    Thanks so much for all the work you put into each week’s This & That – it is my favorite post, but especially this week’s. It is just chock full of interesting things to check out.

  11. Shannon~

    What fabulous finds for French Week’s T&T, which I enjoyed with a croissant and cup of thé.

    The book about Josephine Baker sounds fascinating. I am also interested in Potager: Fresh Garden Cooking in the French Style.

    I am purchasing a beautifully framed print of Monet’s Water Lilies to hang in my newly completed boudoir as the colors and serene vibe will be a perfect fit. I was inspired by your visit to Musée de l’Orangerie, so thank you for sharing your travels with us.

    As I will be on my own tonight, I intend to continue celebrating French Week by viewing Gemma Bovery or La Fine Fleur. Maybe I will also indulge in an omelette while I am at it.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    ~Michelle

  12. Ah, this T&T is so, so good!! Shannon, this year’s La Semaine Française has been a delicious week-long festival of discovery and fun. So many books to add to my TBR–Coming Home to Nature, French Countryside Cooking, Agent Joséphine, A Meal Observed, Potager… The table linens, the beautiful M. Gemi flats(they have al…most made it into my cart😁). All the lovely articles to enjoy over the weekend,(I’ve been following the resurrection of the Orient-Express for quite awhile and was so intrigued to read about the discovery and refurbishment of the original cars–fascinating!). Thank you for the article on how to correctly prune your lavender, much needed info! Thank you so very much, Shannon, you and your incredible work are very much appreciated. J’espère que Norman et toi passez un super week-end! And enjoy the Antique Fair, what fun! Bisous💛Rona

  13. What a great week and this T & T is surely one of my favorites. So much to look forward to in reading and watching. I enjoyed the apartment tour and remarked to myself that their style is a bit unexpected. I envisioned a stark space with isolated, curated artworks here and there. Wow, I was a bit wrong. I am in the process of reducing visual clutter in my own home and struggle with books. The custom bookshelves are a brilliant answer. Thanks again Shannon, another great week in the books.

  14. Et voila! By the end of reading and exploring this week’s French Week’s This & That you’ve created, I feel like I’ve just returned from a trip to France. Merci, Shannon!

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