Saturday, July 23, 2016

Paris in July - Week 3 Links

 This is my lazy post.. or as my mum would say.. a busy lady's post.
I'm sorry I cant be more involved in this years Paris in July 
I am loving the posts I get to read in those moments in between other commitments 
Thank You.
For me, July is about Le Tour.
and especially the mountains... I love the mountains.
these photo's are from our 2011 trip.
 In 2011 I rode up Mt Ventoux and ever since I've loved to watch this stage of the tour
sadly this year the wind prevented the stage going all the way to the top
however it was still an exiting stage end with it's own controversies..
 I've really been enjoying some of the variety of posts I've been reading this year
I was reminded of this dog photo I took one year in Paris when I read the post on Pets in Paris
I love that pets are so welcomed in Paris 
(although I think Parisians should take more responsibility for the mess).
 I'm currently reading Paris Light by Moira McCarthy
and in her memoirs of walking through Paris, she reminded me of
the Luxembourg Gardens, and the time my partner and I enjoyed summer days there.
So, here's to summer in Paris, Pets, memories, and gardens!

You can post your Week 3 Paris in July posts here and use the comments for conversations. Thanks to Mel for seeding the question last week about the most influential women of the 20th C on Paris Culture - it was concluded that Coco Chanel was!
PS I've tried to keep the paricipants list in the right hand bar up to date - let me know if I haven't got you there.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Paris in July Week 2 Links

Noumea - Locals playing Petanque
Welcome to the second week of Paris in July. I apologise for the late posting of this weeks Mr Linky. I've just returned from New Caledonia, where I did relax, read, speak french, eat french, and enjoyed the company of locals. I didn’t spend too much time online or doing any admin for my many volunteed projects. It was a needed break. However I return to a new job, a large late running uni assignment, and a needy and lonely dog who deserves some lovin.

While travelling I did get a chance to visit a few Paris in July bloggers. Again, lots of diversity and different activities. Some have posted on previous trips to Paris (check out The Marmalade Gypsy, and Esme at chocolate & croissants posts), some have been busy reading classics (see Dolce Belezza), and some more recent french literature  (see the Reading Life & Bronas books) and for a film review see the Content Reader.

I wanted to share this clip, I have quite enjoyed listening to french music & radio while travelling.

Post your links here for Week 2 of Paris in July 2016.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Paris in July - Week 1 Links

Again, Thanks to Deb for the two Paris in July 2016 Buttons. I've chosen to display this one this week, because as the face is partly covered and partly uncovered, so is Paris in July - the blogging event.

I've attempted to get around and visit most of the blogs this week, and I've been inspired and challenged by the range of reading options, and the intentions of participants. I quite enjoyed the little music clip posted by Ally at SnowFeathers.

I have myself started two of my books, and I'm looking forward to my trip (tomorrow) when I will have time to sit back and read. While I'm away, living and relaxing in my nearest Paris.... I'm not certain I'll have reliable or free wi-fi. So I'll catch up when I can.

In the meantime, you can post your links in here. If you can, in Mr Linky where you put your name, can you put in brackets your post title. Thanks

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My Paris in July Intentions

Paris in July will be a distraction for me, a pleasant one, from my chaotic schedule this month. Luckily I do have a week off mid July - so I'm setting my goals high for that one week of rest.

My Intentions for Paris in July include
  1. Eating French Food - shouldn't be too difficult as I'll be in New Caledonia for my week off.. 
  2. Watching a French Movie - could do that in New Caledonia too.
  3. Celebrating Bastille Day/ Qartorze Juliet - I'll be in New Caledonia for that too :) 
  4. some reading intentions for my week away include these....
 This one appeals to me because it's written by an Australian Women who arrives in Paris to take photos, but ends up discovering more. One review noted 'Written with warmth and intimacy, this is a perspective on Paris beyond the awesome grandeur of its architecture by a writer who is able to find the beauty in almost anything'...
A lighter read (I hope) that comes with this sales pitch..... Sun, croissants and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it?
 This book is appealing as it's a collection of real stories from real women who took the leap to transform their lives in the most dreamed about city in the world and it appeals to me because the by-line is ........ 
Living, Loving and Leaping without a Net in the City of Light

 Those who know me, know I like a good homicide novel. This one comes with rave reviews and is a winner of France's prestigious Prix du Quai des Orfèvres prize for best crime fiction, named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year, and already an international bestseller with over 150,000 copies sold.

Thank you to those who made some great recommendations for my reading list. There's just so much to choose from! 

For Paris in July Participants, a reminder I will post a Mr linky on Friday this week for you to link in your first Paris in July Posts this month... And I have started a blog roll on the side of my front page. If  you're not on it yet, join here., and I'll update the blog roll on the weekend.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paris in July buttons

Our 2016 Paris in July Blogging event is less than a week from commencing, and I'm really excited about how many people have signed up already. Deb has kindly produced these wonderful buttons for us to use this year. I think they capture the essence of the blogging event - the Eiffel tower is the quintessential reminder of all things Parisian, and this beautiful sculpture reminds us of the wonderful arts, literature and thinking that comes out of Paris. Thanks Deb!

If you haven't yet signed in and want to - please check in here.  While I'm away abit in the next week - I'll try to set up a Paris in July Participants roll on the side of my blog.

I've also had one volunteer to assist with providing a Paris in July weekly summary, and I'm open to others. The idea is that at the end of the week we just post a simple summary of the types of things people have been posting. It's a simple way to stay connected and inspired. I will also be posting the weekly sign in Mr Linkys.

For me, I haven't yet decided my blogging projects - books, movies, food or something different... but I can share with you I'm going for a weeks holiday to Australia's nearest Paris - We're going to Numea and Les Iles des Pins. I'mm sure there's going to be some french markets, restarants, and all sorts of frenchy stuff.. I'm very much looking forward to that week away.

If anyone has any recommended lightist french novels, I'm open for suggestions. There'll be some beachside/poolside reading in Numea!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Paris in July - Sign Up

What is on your mind?
Do you think Victor Hugo would be thinking about Paris in July right now?
Paris in July is an annual blogging event, for bloggers who love all things Paris. This is our 7th year and we're looking forward to another fantastic July.... Check out last years welcome post for some ideas on what you might like to do...  Also, you can follow this link to last years wrap up post to see what others did..
This year, you'll be invited to link your Paris in July Posts through Mr Linky's that will be posted each week here at Thyme-for-Tea. A couple of other bloggers will also be involved by providing weekly summaries of Paris in July Activities - and I'll make sure there's a link to their posts when they're up.
Comment below if you have aspirations or link up now. I'll try and maintain a participants list here on my front page to make it easier to connect..
Let's have some fun!
If anyone would like to prepare a Paris in July 2016 button please do so as I dont have the skills. Share it through Mt Linky.

 If you're participating this year with one post or plenty, just link in here...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Is that Paris?

July is coming.. too fast. Many of my blogging friends know that July is a big month for me here at Thyme-for-Tea. I have co-hosted Paris in July for the past 6 years. Paris in July has been a fixture, and has almost become the infrastructure of this blog. So when I ponder the possibility that I may not be in the best position to host it this year, I'm torn. Of course I want to...

I wrote this summary post last year, which still today, rings true for me and Paris in July. When I re-read this, I am energised again. However, I am a strong advocate for women to be conscious of not becoming over committed due to 'obligations ', and perceived 'responsibility', so I  must listen to myself on that one too.

So, what about Paris in July 2016?

I will host it. It will be about bringing together a community of Paris loving bloggers. I will make this a place for you to come to post your links to your Paris in July posts.  I'll post a few  myself.. but it'll be a simple affair.

I plan to post the sign up Mr Linky page on June 22nd so we can all see who's joining in. Then each week, hopefully on a Friday, I'll post new Mr Linkys for you to link your new posts.

I'd invite any of the participants to offer to write a summary review of one of the weeks in July. The idea of this is to capture the highlights of all Paris in July posts for that period.  If you'd like to do one of these, drop me an email. (My address is in my 'about me' tab).

So, with much anticipation, I now declare Paris in July 2016, the annual blogging event for lovers of all things Paris, will be happening.

All welcome.