- Fantin-Latour. À fleur du peau – The charming little musée du Luxembourg-Sénat, often has excellent small exhibits. A new one, dedicated to artist Henri Fantin-Latour will open on September 14. Fantin-Latour is best known for luscious still-lives of flowers that are so realistic you’d like to pluck them, but he also painted portraits, including several warm pictures of his family painted at home. The exhibit is on until February 12, 2017.
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople – OK, this movie has 99.99% nothing to do with France; there is about a two second spot where the main character is reading The Little Prince. It is, however, the best movie I have seen in years, maybe forever. I saw it in the charming, old-fashioned Michigan Theater when I was visiting my daughter in Ann Arbor, which only addded to the experience. It’s the story of an “incorrigible” foster child and his foster father who take off to the wilds of New Zealand and become the subjects of an extensive manhunt. Comedy, drama, a great soundtrack, and breathtaking scenery – what’s not to love?
- The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick – This is my favorite of the books I have read so far this year. Arthur Pepper is a widower who finds a charm bracelet among his wife’s belongings. He doesn’t remember ever having seen this piece of jewelry and he starts a quest to trace the story behind each charm and how it connects to his wife’s life. One of the charms takes him to Paris. It’s a delightful read.
- The Simply Luxurious Life – Blogger, podcaster, and author Shannon Ables writes about a wide variety of lifestyle topics, often from a francophile point of view. Recently, she wrapped up her first French Week, which she promises will be an annual event; the link to all of those posts is above. Ables is the first to admit that she is more of an enthusiast of the French language than a French speaker, but she always strives to provide valuable content.
- Bio Beauté by Nuxe Tinted Repairing Lip Balm with Raspberry Pulp – I like tinted lip balms as I am so fair skinned that a little extra color is always welcome. I picked this one up in Paris, and I keep reaching for it in my purse. It has natural and organic ingredients and a light, sheer raspberry shade. It’s very moisturizing and not at all sticky. One drawback, however, is that it does not seem to be widely available outside of France, so you’ll need to wait for your next trip there to stock up. What a good excuse for a trip!