This morning, the news from Nice was profoundly sad. Here, in Paris, the sun is shining brightly and it’s a simply beautiful day. It’s hard to imagine that France has once again been the victim of senseless violence. I hope that all your loved ones are safe today.
Here are my francophile recommendations for this week:
- L’Atelier en plein air – Les Impressionnistes en Normandie – Having just visited Normandy, I particularly enjoyed this exhibit at the always stunning musée Jacquemart André. I really loved a painting of the cliffs of Dieppe by Spanish Impressionist Eva Gonzales. Her work had a pastel-like effect, very diferent from her contemporaries. I had brunch in the tea room for the first time, instead of lunch, and it was just lovely – a real treat. The exhibit is open until July 25.
- Les émotifs anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) – This fluffy, romantic comedy stars Benoît Poelvoorde and Isabel Carré as two highly sensitive, highly awkward chocolate experts who fall in love. It’s charming and lighthearted and available on Netflix (at least in the US and France).
- The Paris Key, by Juliet Blackwell – OK, this is NOT “literature;” it’s a beach read, but it’s a beach read that is set in Paris, particularly the Marais. It’s part romance, part mystery, part history, and part travelogue. (That’s a lot of parts.) Most of the commentary about Paris is accurate, so it’s possible to learn a thing or two as you toast yourself in the sun (slathered in sunscreen, I hope).
- @fallingoffbicycles – This Instagram account features beautiful pictures of France, often featuring bicycles. The photographer, Julia, and I like the same sorts of vignettes, so there is always plenty of visual inspiration.
- Saint James – I just got my first Saint James marinière during les soldes, or the twice-a-year sales. (Yes, I already have a great many striped tops, but each one speaks to me in its own way.) The fabric is light and breathable, provides sun protection, and dries in a flash. I also look really, really French! Their products aren’t cheap; even on sale, my top was 70 Euros, or 78 USD, but the made-in-France quality is excellent and I think I’ll be wearing this bleu, blanc, rouge top for years.
Until next week, au revoir.