Saturday, 1 August 2015

Paris in July, 2015 - a summary

Alas, the wonderful even of Paris in July is over for this year. Many thanks to Tamara at Thyme for Tea for hosting the event. This is one of my favourite events, although it is only my second year. Tamara provided links to all participants which was a great way (apart from the Linky) to find out what our fellow bloggers are up to, also outside this event. I have found so many new lovely blogs that I am following, which is a real treat.

Just a short summary of what I was up to this year. I did fulfil all my promises, except one; I did not have time to watch a film, however, I promise to do it before the end of the year!

I said I would read three books (click the title to get to my reviews):
The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields
Marie Antoinette - The Journey by Antonia Fraser
the book of salt by Monique Truon

The historical fiction of Edith Wharton (The Age of Desire) generated another unexpected read, when I got fascinated by her secret lover.  Mysteries of Paris - The Quest for Morton Fullerton by Marian Mainwaring.

I organised a French dinner.
I listened to a French song. It was a favourite when I was younger and it was so nice to listen to it again.

I also started out with a post on Paris buildings made of Lego. The exhibition is French, but on tour, and for the time being in Waterloo. It was rather fantastic. They also added Waterloo battle field, famous people and buildings, all convenient at the time of the bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo. My post here.

I also thought that I would read a FRENCH BOOK, not one about expats in Paris, so I started with Nana by Emile Zola. Have not come that far so a review will follow later on. I got inspired to read more classic French writers, since many of you have written nice reviews. They are of course classics and as such, they are worth reading. I have been thinking for some time to read Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. I have a feeling it is 'difficult' to read?? Has anybody read it? What is your idea of it?

Glad to have made so many contacts this July. Next week I will spend some days in Verona in search of another classic love affair. Just to walk around the old city must be beautiful. Then on to Innsbruck for a couple of days before driving back to Brussels with my husband.



  1. You did so much for Paris in July! I didn't accomplish as much this year as in year's past, getting swept up in Spanish Lit Month which was also in July. But, you did a marvelous job of celebrating!

    1. Thank you Bellezza, I did feel very inspired this year. I find this event so nice and rewarding, getting to know new bloggers and their sites. It is inspiring as well, so makes me go the extra mile!
      I hope you are feeling better. I always enjoy your posts.