Paris in July…what to do?

What to do this July to celebrate Paris, when I can’t actually be in the city of light? Read about it and torture myself, I suppose.

Books on Shelf

  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • Paris Was Ours edited by Penelope Rowlands (A reread)
  • Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah

Movies to View

  • Any Jean-Luc Godard film
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Paris Je t’aime
  • A Cat in Paris
  • An American in Paris

French Cooking/Eating

  • Madeleines (a tried and truly yummy cookie!)
  • Coq au Vin (my friend made this once and it was amazing…I’ll see if I can recreate it following a Julia Child recipe)
  • Macarons (I bought the cookbook ages ago, and have yet to do anything with it…)
  • Lunch at Left Bank for Bastille Day
  • Barefoot in Paris – Ina Garten recipes!
  • The Little Paris Kitchen Cookbook- Rachel Khoo
  • French bread. I made some before, and I’ll be trying to make some again. Its  yummy. I could live off of bread, no seriously, I could really live off of bread. Send me to a deserted island with a fully loaded ebook and a bread factory and I will be as happy as a clam.

Music for the month

  • Carla Bruni
  • Coralie Clement
  • The entire French/Paris selection of the Putomayo albums (I love these collections!)
  • Enjoy lunch or coffee at the Farmer’s Market listening to the live French trio perform, pretending I am have on the Rue Cler, shopping the fromageries and boulangeries to my heart’s content.

Study Lessons

  • Pick up a book on Renoir or the Impressionists (my favorite art style and period)
  • Go to a museum exhibit on the above (if there are any around…seems unlikely. All the good stuff is at the Musee de Orsay anyway)
  • Learn a French word a day, or just practice using my elementary French everyday avec mon mari et ma bebe.

What will you be doing this July?

One response to “Paris in July…what to do?

  1. Lovely list !…very inspiring.

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