Bonjour and Happy Wednesday! I have been busy planning the road trip that we leave for in less than two weeks. We’ll be camping (in a campground, nothing too extreme) eight out of nine nights so my packing list is the longest it has ever been. It’s going on two pages but hopefully that means it will be impossible to forget anything. I’ve also actually been working on photography (also in anticipation of the trip) and reading, reading, reading.
This week I finished reading Antoine Laurain’s newest US release, Vintage 1954. I found it most similar to his book The President’s Hat in that it these have the largest doses of magical realism and I absolutely love them. Four people find themselves sharing a bottle of wine from 1954 and the next morning they discover they are in Paris in that same year. I love that each person brings something to the adventure that is unique to them and that they collectively need to survive the experience. I also loved discovering new-to-me figures in French history that I plan to do more research on. This is an all-around delightful read. Another favorite from Antoine Laurain.
For those of you in the PNW area, the Portland Art Museum has an exhibition going on now through September 8 called Paris 1900. It “recreates the look and feel of the [Belle Époque] era.” I’m going this week!
A fascinating and sobering interactive account of the fire at Notre Dame in Paris. I’m in love with the sketches by Laurent Clerjeau.
19 charming French spots to try if you’re in Seattle.
Have you been to this 61-acre park in the 19th? It’s on my list for my next trip.
Camille Yolaine on personal style.
I picked back up season 2 of Marsaille on Netflix. I really liked the first season but the second was harder for me to get into. I’m almost halfway through and liking it.