Monday, July 2, 2012

Paris in July 2012

Bonjour! It's that glorious time again to celebrate Paris in July!  Last year I had just gotten home from France, so I was really eager to join in.  Although my trip was a year ago, that one month wasn't long enough and I'd like to participate again. 

As with last year, Tamara at Thyme for Tea and Karen at Bookbath are hosting this fun month.  It will run from July 1st to the 31st, and as they mentioned, "...the aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening to, observing, cooking, and eating all things French."  Here are some of the things you could do to participate:
  • Reading a French book--fiction or non-fiction
  • Watching a French movie  (Here is my "triple" review from last year if you want options!)
  • Listening to French music
  • Cooking French food
  • Experiencing French art, architecture, or travel (or reminiscing about past travel to France)
  • Or anything else French inspired you can think of...

I'm really excited to do something non-work related, so I'm eager to get going on this fun challenge!  I know I have two books already started and a few other ideas brewing.

Last year I purchased some Edith Piaf music, thanks to a little experience on our bus ride through France that I'll share later.  I've seen this movie before, but remember very little about it and had next to no context for the story.  This time, I'm coming with a bit more knowledge and a lot more curiosity!

Remember this disaster?  Well, I'd like to try this again.  I'm going to do a little reading up on Apple Tart Tatin and see if I can get it right.  Now, who can I take all my attempts to, because this would ruin my diet!

I'm actually already reading Paris My Sweet and want to finish it up soon.  The discussions about food are torture, but such SWEET torture! 

Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow is actually Juliet Grey's follow up novel to Becoming Marie Antoinette, which I reviewed here on my blog.  (See review here:  Becoming Marie Antoinette)  I've had this on hold at the library for months now, so I'm excited to get reading.  I actually started it today and got sucked in pretty quickly.  I've been reading a lot about Marie Antoinette and the kings of Versailles, so this will be another fun one to read.

Well, that is what I'll be doing.  I'm not sure if I'll be posting on specific days or not, but I really am excited to get started.  For information, visit Tamara or Karen's blogs to get started.  I'd love to know if you'll be joining in and what you're thinking about doing for it.  Au revoir!


  1. Hi Becky - I headed here in the hope you were coming to Europe again as I would love to meet up and say hello. I love Paris and of course, it's only a few hours away by train. My favourite part is the Ile de St Louis, in the shadow of Notre Dame. There are some gorgeous boutiques and creperies tucked away in its narrow streets. Sigh.

  2. I'm reading Paris My Sweet, too! Let's compare notes when we finish.

    I'm off to Paris! Here's my
    Paris in July post.
    Please stop by and leave a link to your Paris in July post(s) so that we can stop in and say hello.

  3. I love Edith Piaf and I loved the movie La vie en rose :) Good luck with your cooking!

  4. You should watch French Cooking At Home on the Cooking Channel--great ideas for recipes, and she makes them seem so easy.

  5. Recommend that you view the lovely 2010 French period drama film "The Princess of Montpensier" ["La princesse de Montpensier"...see trailer at], which can be viewed on Amazon Instant Video or purchased on DVD from Amazon. The film is based upon the 1662 novella/short story by Madame de (Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne) La Fayette, which also is available in English on Amazon.


  6. Great mix of fun things. I just had hoped to do one thing but I've found that a surprisingly lot of movies set in France have come into my life this month. I may still try to work in a book - if I can find one that will work with other challenges, that is.