We are two friends with a deep interest and love of French culture and way of life - although we experience and demonstrate this passion in very different ways. Karen has only recently discovered the magic of Paris - the city, the architecture, the fashion and the literature whereas the French experience has been a part of Tamara's life for a long time, leading her to learn the language and experience the culture in a deeper way. But for both of us as Australian's, the reality of traveling to France is a costly and timely experience - so we need to find ways of bringing France to us!So, in order to help us do that we will be jointly hosting a French themed blogging experience running from the 1st - 31st July this year called "Paris In July".The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening to, 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 Paris In July - just blog about anything French and you can join in.
Of course, I have all sorts of grand plans for the month - Short Story Mondays featuring French authors, reading Cheri and The Last of Cheri by Colette (I've just finished Cheri!), finally taking A Moveable Feast down from the shelf, trying new French recipes, and maybe even watching a French movie...
This quote from my current read, and summer book club selection seems an appropriate send off:
"There's been so much said and written about Paris that it's daunting to hazard a statement of my own. That city just has something. I can't think of any other place so idealized, so longed for, so sighed over...." (page 161-162)
by Molly Wizenberg