It’s been a hot week here in France! Nothing makes you appreciate air conditionning quite like the lack of it. As I’m typing this, a cool breeze is coming through the window, and I’m very grateful.
Here are my francophile recommendations for the week:
- Anatomie d’une collection – The tiny Palais Galliera: musée de la mode always has interesting temporary exhibits. This time they plundered their archives for examples of high and low fashion from the 18th century to today. I saw a suit that belonged to Louis XVII, the child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI who died in captivity and Napoleon’s vest.From more modern times, there were a number of pillbox hats and trim suits belonging to Audrey Hepburn. My biggest criticism of this museum is that they rarely translate the information into other languages; it’s fine for me, but I’m sure many people would get more from the exhibits if they could read about what they were seeing.
- Marguerite (2015) – In this humorous and touching film, Catherine Frot stars as a wealthy socialite who cannot sing, yet who insists on giving concerts that her friends are compelled to attend. It won a pile of awards in France last year and it’s available on Amazon. It sounds a lot like the plot of Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep, but France did it first!
- Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes, by Elizabeth Bard – Again, this week’s book recommendation is more of a beach read than serious literature. It’s a memoir about Bard’s decision to move to Paris to be with the love of her life. Bard gives an honest account of what she had to give up, adjust to, and ultimately embrace in order to make peace with living in Paris. Food played a starring role in her new life, to which the recipes in this book attest.
- @tresorparisien – The Instagram account of Aisling Greally features great pictures from all across France. Definitely worth checking out.
- Georgette – This super little Parisian restaurant is on the same street where I work (44 rue d’Assas). The food is made on the premises with fresh ingredients, not just microwaved, and the difference shows in every bite.