|From my Paris Postcard stash...Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon|
Perfect setting for a Paris book club retreat!
If a little dreaming is dangerous,
the cure for it
is not to dream less but
to dream more,
to dream all the time.
A book lover's dream....
It's a book lover's dream to wander the very streets that inspired Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and so many others. You might step into the Salon at 27 rue de Fleurus where Gertrude Stein mentored Ernest Hemingway, or have a drink at the café littéraires Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, the long-ago haunts of James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and their fellow The Lost Generation writers.
via Abe Books..full article hereI have had Paris on my mind ever since, Susie, a reader in The Brown Paper Book Club mentioned that she was in Paris and in need of a good book to read. Actually there are two reasons why Paris is on my mind, but books first. The discussion with Susie progressed and I found myself thinking...wouldn't it be fun, to have a Brown Paper Book Club retreat in Paris? I immediately went off to a salon to have my toes painted red (Paris Red) and while I was there I started to think about all the books I have read centered around Paris.
Red Toes and Paris...
|"A Paris", 1956 Roger-Viollet|
(another from my postcard stash)
Red Toes and Paris...
One thought lead to another (thankfully!) and I started to create a list of the books I enjoyed, ones that would make for great discussions either in a Paris book club retreat or a local one. Knowing that many of you are book lovers as well, I wondered if you have read any of the books below and if there are others you would add to the list?
Novels set in Paris...
ones that I have read and enjoyed.
A traveling book club?
If so, don't stop there.
I mentioned that Paris has been on my mind for two reasons...one is books and the other is My Stylish French Box. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know Sharon Santoni of My French Country Home and the many products around her brand. I have mentioned Sharon before and if you are not familiar with her, you will want to be...especially if you enjoy a bit of joie de vivre in your life.
I know My Stylish French Box well and am always excited when the postman comes up the drive with a box in hand. I have Mr. H to thank for this excitement, it is a Christmas gift that rolled from one year to the next. Very lucky!
The lovely thing about these stylish boxes is that the only hint we have before it's arrival is the theme of the box. In the last box we knew that it would bring out our "inner Parisienne". Joie!
|Box No. 9- February 2019|
I am happy to report that it did! Inside the most recent box...a chic beret from Le Beret Francais; a fun boxed set of notecards from Jean-Jacques Sempe (some of them are on their way as postcards); a handbag perfume from Annick Goutal that I love!; the perfect red lip balm from Pierre Ricaud to go with my red toes; a divine scented candle from La Note Parisienne; an antique pill box that now sits on my desk and a Paris-printed pochette from Odile Baillouel to remind me of Paris every day, all day.
I am such an avid fan of Sharon's My Stylish French Box...that for the first time ever, I am associating myself with a brand because I love it so. I am on board as an Ambassador of My Stylish French Box so that I can bring a little bit of France to your life. It's simple, if you read about the product and purchase one, let them know I sent you. You can read about past boxes here.
One day, I will hit the sales target and earn a free box which I will in turn offer as a giveaway on the blog. A win, win...as I share the love with you! Sharon and her team are taking orders for the May box. I haven't heard what the theme is yet, Spring is in the air, I can't wait!
All this talk about Paris is making me think of French cafes and coffee and pastry and the courtyard above at the Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon...where I stayed a few years ago. I imagine us all sitting there, a group of like-minded book reading souls, taking a coffee break or sipping French champagne after a day of book themed sightseeing... and talking about books! Paradis!
There I go...dreaming again!
|Along the streets of Paris...dreams|
Let us be grateful to people
who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom!
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