French cats, wine, postcards, movies, and, of course, books!

A Walk in Paris is a kids picture book with lovely illustrations. I loved seeing the neighborhoods of Paris, but thought there was too much information on each page for any kind of story flow. It’s okay to browse through for the illustrations and to pick up random information like ‘Steak-frites, or steak with French fries, is a popular bistro choice.”

Gage loves The Who Is book series, so I was excited to sign him up for an online book club on Outschool. They read a Where Is book and meet every two weeks. As they discuss the book the teacher also includes other activities, like drawing a Wanted poster. This is a great book group and if you’re interested in it for your kid DM me and I’ll send you the link. The next book is Where is the Serengeti? The week of July 18. We read Where is Alcatraz and he loved it.
Let’s start with the French wine. This beautiful glass of white wine was more than I had our whole 10 days in France. After we’d made our plans to go and visit our friends in Lyon I found out I was pregnant. A few things about this were stressful, I’d miscarried a few years before, I was 38 not 20, and I was still puking my guts out daily. AND I was going to a wine lover’s paradise but not able to drink the wine!

Somehow I still managed to have a fantastic trip even if I was still sick every morning 😂.

Now about the book, The Little French Bistro. I loved this quirky little book about an older woman who decides to kill herself by jumping into the Seine on a trip to Paris with her husband. She’s fished out of the water, of course, but now she has to figure out what to do with the rest of a life she doesn’t want.

She makes her way to Brittany, also called the end by of the world, and lives each day as if it’s her last, until one day, she doesn’t. There are lots of characters with their own stories and they fit neatly into the story of this seaside village.

I love stories about women finding their way and reinventing themselves to match the life they want, especially if there’s a little magic. And to do it in France? Even better.

And head over to Thyme for Tea for more Paris in July fun!

15 thoughts on “French cats, wine, postcards, movies, and, of course, books!

  1. Bill Rafalski says:

    I have seen Gigi many times.I agree that Maurice Chevalier steals the movie. The director, Vincent Minnelli composed this movie like a painter. His use of color is exceptional. Leslie Acton and Louis Jourdan are very good. The songs are written by Lerner and Loew, the pair who created My Fair Lady.
    I live in the world of old movies. I am a regular viewer of Turner Classic Movies.

  2. Mae Sander says:

    I love the idea of the cats that live in the paintings at the Louvre. In my Mona Lisa collection, I have quite a few cat-themed Mona parodies.

    best… mae at

  3. Diane says:

    I never saw Gigi but, now you’ve tempted me as did “A Walk in Paris” and “The Little French Bistro.” I loved all the pictures here as well.

  4. Les in OR says:

    I’ve never been to Paris and I’m still hoping to go someday! What a bummer about having morning sickness the entire time you were there. I was sick for the first trimester of my pregnancy, so I can relate. Thankfully, it stopped the day my second trimester began! The Little French Bistro sounds like a fun read. I’m adding it to my list for next year’s Paris in July challenge. Thanks!

  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    I’m crazy about old movies. Tonight we watched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a light, silly comedy which takes place partially in Paris. One of my favorite old movies set in Paris is An American in Paris, and I plan to watch it again next week.

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