Sunday, July 31, 2022

Paris in July 2022 - memories


Paris in July botton collection since 2010

I have been inspired by several other bloggers who have posted recently about things they've posted in previous Paris in July seasons. I went back and reviewed the many different bottons we've used to celebrate Paris in July posts since 2010.  We've had a few... these have been design by me, and other co-hosts over the years,  and represent the things that we love about Paris. 

I am promising to do the final Paris in July wrap up in a few days because i am currently away on a little trip with a girlfriend. But there's a connection to this post... i have strong memories (reinforced by stories from my parents) of travelling to Paris as a child in the late 60s. My dad thinks I fell in love with Paris when I was three.. 

Today my girlfriend found a treasure in a bric a brac shop. A silk scarf we think was worn by Qantas hostesses in the 60s
Beautifully decorated with Australian native flowers.

So,  inspired by this special find today, I thought I'd share this link to music I might have heard when I was in Paris when I was three... its just a bit of fun.... 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Paris in July - Week 4 (already!)

Movies, songs, and books from all over the world and from each period of time describes Paris as the city of love. French artists like Edith Piaf, and Charles Aznavour among others, sang wonderful songs about Paris (“La Boheme”, ”Sous le ciel de Paris”…), but international singers did too. Gershwin wrote “an American in Paris” after his trip to the French capital! [direct from here]

This past week has been prolific here in Paris in July 2022! Book reviews, posts about books set in Paris, Posts about posts about Paris, films set in Paris, books by French authors in French, and more reviews of Maigret!  New insight to me, thanks to Mel U, that there are more than 75 Maigret books!  Then of course, there were several reviews about the novel 'The Martins'.

I am finding it difficult to get around to visit and read all of these posts during the week, however some I have visited have left an impression on me. 
  1. Deb @Readerbuzz -  Street Art 
  2. Karkwito - Une rue déserte et c'est comme si la ville m'était offerte
  3. Bellezza - The Martins
While I haven't had time to post, I have been engrossed in the highlight of my Paris in July experiences - the Tour de France!  I have been cheering on the Aussies, and we had a great start to this years Tour - but in the end the Europeans did superbly. But it's not over yet - even better - we have le Tour Femmes. Yep - this year they've saved the best to last - and after the boys have finished their race, the women have 8 days of racing in the same beautiful countryside. I strongly encourage women around the world to support this event, and log in to watch some.  The more we watch it, the better it is for women in cycling and female sports around the world. 

And Now - It's my duty to post this weeks Mr Linky - time to share with us your posts for week 4. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Paris in July - Week 3

What an eventful week we've just had in Paris in July! So many fantastic contributions, and some great conversations that followed, particularly about the 14th of July! I hope you had a small moment to flick through other posts, and even enjoy a piece of bread and cheese on the day of celebrations. 

As Deb Nance and I are co-hosting, you'll need to pop over to ReaderBuzz to check out Debs review of last week here. I really appreciate sharing this event because everyone has a different perspective and it's all wonderful inspiration to me. 

I've found myself quite busy with work life, so taking small moments for Paris in July has meant I needed to find bite sized things to enjoy. Here's a snap shot of something I have been reading in my coffee breaks. 


So, (je suis désolé je poste un peu tard), here's the sign in post for week 3 of Paris in July 2022. Looking forward to more great insights and learnings about all things Paris and France. 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Paris in July = Week 2


Welcome to Week 2 - this is generally a very exciting week for Paris in July - because this week we celebrate the 14th July, or Bastille Day Bastille Day or formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and more commonly le quatorze juillet. I look forward catching a few posts dedicated to , this very french celebration. There are lots of ways to do this  - history, Food, Drinks, Novels, non-fiction, movies or other emissions, memories of visiting national monuments.... 

Keep us informed about what your thinking, loving, learning, and enjoying... 


Sunday, July 10, 2022

Paris in July Week 1 - round up

(I am trying out my French in some of these posts - and
would welcome correction from those in the know).

Who else is watching La Tour de France? My partner and I just love cycling, and have many happy memories of cycling in France - where the French are so friendly and supportive of cycling tourists. There's nothing better than being on en vacances et avoir du fromage et de la baguette pour le déjeuner après avoir traversé le pays.  In last nights stage (8) the race went through a village I have many happy memories of, Dole. We landed in Dole unexpectedly after getting lost cycling through backroads - but what a pleasure it was. We spend the afternoon in markets and resting in local cafes. The locals taught us a few more French words and a few French traditions. 

Paris in July 22 has hit the road at the same time as the Tour de France this year, and we have had overwhelming number of contributions to our blogging event this week. I know I just haven't had a chance to visit all of your posts this week, but I have visited many... 

There have been a lot of great book reviews, from Mel @The Reading Life educating us about Yiddish Paris, to Bellezza's review on a children book with a racehorse, a raven and a retriever in Paris... Mae contributed four book reviews (I think), while Marg @ the intrepid reader has posted on a novel of an American in Paris.  Co-host Deb Nance shared her thoughts on good books to read when on a road trip in France - What a great idea - and good suggestions!

Of course, Paris in July encourages bloggers to go outside the book review, and we've had a few great posts speaking about food, recipes and memories of food and beverages in French through to Stacy's great Puzzle Give-away. Emma @ Words and Peace has posted every day (I think) - and has posted on a range of topics. I really appreciated learning about the program La Grande Librairie on French TV. 

This week I wanted to give a shout out to Kwarkito who posts a photo from his life in Paris, and challenges me to read his posts in French. I have been learning french as long as Ive been hosting this blogging event, and my skills are progressing - but still reading a whole post without a dictionary is still a challenge - however, Kwarkitos' commentary's are engaging and contemporary. Worth trying to get through. 

Coming soon - Week 2 sign up post.. 

Friday, July 1, 2022

Paris in July - Week 1 - So excited!

Bienvenue a la commencement de 'Paris in July 2022'. Here we go! So many great promises, some good reviews have already been posted, and so many different themes are being raised. It's going to be an awesome month to take some soul time, and reflect on dreams, fantasies and aspirations. 

I havent yet thought about my own activity, but I've downloaded a few things on the kindle (as I will be travelling a bit this month for work), I've been through our very old DVD cupboard and found a few favourites, and I've thought about some things I'd like to investigate for my next Paris visit - parks, museums, theatres.... 

Whatever your interest, we all love hearing about Paris and France! Just jump on in...  Share with us your posts in week 1. 

Thursday, June 16, 2022

It's coming - Paris in July 2022 - Sign Up Here

 Welcome to Paris in July 2022 Sign up post. 

Readerbuzz and Thyme-for-tea are delighted to bring you the annual blogging event that celebrates all things Paris and French.  These buttons highlight just some of the great things we love about France! 

Button 1

Button 2

Button 3

Victor Hugo has been quoted to say 
"Breathe Paris in. It nourishes the soul"

So, for those who are new here, What is Paris in July? 

The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening, observing, cooking and eating all things French!

There will be no rules or targets in terms of how much you need to do or complete in order to be a part of this experience – just blog about anything French and you can join in! Some ideas might include;

  • reading a French themed book – fiction or non-fiction,
  • watching a French movie,
  • listening to French music,
  • cooking French food,
  • experiencing French, art, architecture and travel
  • tasting French wine, or testing French cocktails
  • celebrating le quatorze juillet or Bastille Day
Whatever it is that you love about France share it with us all! 

How it works
we use Mr Linky widgets each week for you to leave us a link to you Paris in July posts, that way others can find you and we can share the Paris Love... 
Once you've signed in here, I can create a participant list in the side bar of my blog so you can navigate to your other blogging friends easy. 

Buttons: the three buttons above have been created for your use in 2022 to mark your Paris in July posts. 

Each week: 
Deb and I will take it in turns to provide a weekly summary posts pulling together the highlights we see occurring across all the participants activity. 

Sign up here: 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Placeholder - Keep July Free !

 In partnership wit Deb at Readerbuzz, we are delighted to bring to you, Paris in July 2022. 

Allow us a few days to get our selves ready to host, and in the not too distant future we will have some gorgeous buttons designed by the amazing Deb Nance, and I'll get the Mr Linky sign up post ready... 

For those who dont know about this long running blogging event, I'll put some details together soon, but here's a link to last years launching post

Bon Voyage!