In exactly three weeks, I will be a couple of days into the Paris portion of our family trip to France.
To prep for the trip, I have been reading, watching movies, listening to podcasts, and planning.
Reading thus far (links are to my blog posts on the book):
- The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, by John Baxter - loved this book so much, will probably throw it in the suitcase to reread while in Paris
- Madame de Pompadour, by Nancy Mitford - an okay bio of a royal mistress, good prep for visit to Versailles
- A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway - flavor of Paris in the 1920s
- A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway - we're staying in his neighborhood so lots of places I want to walk to
- The Paradise, by Emile Zola - a terrific look at how Paris changed at the end of the 19th century
- A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World, by Janice Macleod - easy to read, lovely pictures, lightweight but fun
- Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, by Deborah Heiligman - an excellent YA bio of Vincent and his brother
- Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik - interesting essays about living in Paris as an ex-pat
- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (second time) - loved this book so much--planning on visiting St Malo the day we leave Paris for Brittany/Normandy
- Bruno, Chief of Police: A Novel of France, by Martin Walker - loved the first in a mystery series set in Dordorgne.
|We're staying near this famous bookstore!|
- Impressionism:Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society, by Robert L. Herbert - really good, hoping to finish before we leave
- My Life in France, by Julia Child - a reread but so enjoyable; just booked a reservation in Rouen where Julia ate her first meal in France
- The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, by Adam Gopnik - Gopnik is so good, I couldn't resist diving into another of his books
- Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light, by David Downie - I've been working on this for 6 months, good but not compelling
- Versailles, seasons 1 and 2 - really enjoyed this, waiting for season 3 to arrive in the US
- The Impressionists, 3 episodes (rewatched) - Richard Armitage as Claude Monet, cannot wait to get to Giverny on second to last day in France
- Amelie - so charming
- Untouchable - wonderful movie
- The Chorus (Les Choristes) - another great movie, set just after WWII
- La Vie En Rose - all about Edith Piaf
- 10 Golden Days (10 Journs en or) - fun
- Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen's time-traveling movie
|Phillippe and his brother Louis XIV - Versailles|
Annie and guest Elise cover everything - from driving in France, to museums, to dress codes, to train strikes, to food to try, how to picnic, wear to shop, wear to stay, and the FB page lets you ask questions and fellow Francophiles share their experiences and advice.
My husband and I are birders, and so final planning stretch is learning what birds to look for and where in Paris and Brittany/Normandy.
I will try to post each week as my trip approaches and then I hope to do travelogue posts while I'm traveling.