Music Monday: J’imagine

In keeping with the spirit of the 2020 Olympics, I’ve been listening to the inspiring theme song from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games called, “I Believe” by jazz-pop singer, Nikki Yanofsky.

I also love the French version that was co-written and recorded by Annie Villeneuve:

In 2017, the Utah-based One Voice Children’s Choir performed a bilingual English & French version under the direction of Masa Fukuda.

Title: J’imagine (I Believe)
Songwriters: Alan Frew, Stephan Moccio; Thierry LeFlamme, Annie Villeneuve
Performed by: One Voice Children’s Choir (under the direction of Masa Fukuda)

Lyrics I like:

J’imagine une force invincible
La beauté d’un monde uni
J’imagine que l’on peut voler
J’imagine cette force une réalité

Translation:

I imagine an invincible force
The beauty of a united world
I imagine that we can fly
I imagine this force a reality

🎶

Watch their beautiful video that was filmed in Paris:

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I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school!

Until next time, enjoy your day and the week ahead. Stay well! 🎶

Wednesday Postcard: “La liseuse”

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features “La liseuse” (The Reader) by French painter, Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905).

Apart from the beautiful image of a woman reading in the nude, the model’s bright red hair caught my eye as I spotted the linen postcard at a local antique shop.

The caption on the back of the undated postcard seems to indicate that it was printed in 1981 or prior since the original painting was part of the Louvre’s collection from 1909-1981. Until 2016, the oil-on-canvas painting was at the Musée d’Orsay.

Speaking of Musée d’Orsay, its current director, Laurence des Cars was recently appointed as the new president-director of the Louvre beginning September 2021 — the first time it will be headed by a woman!

Over the years, I have accumulated hundreds of postcards from around the world, which I’ve either purchased from my local antique shops or received from thoughtful jet-setting family and friends who know I collect them. When I travel, I also like to send myself a carte postale just for fun!

I hope these postcards will make you want to revisit a favorite vacation spot or to embark on a journey to the destination of your dreams (when it’s safe to travel freely again, of course!)

And if you’ve been to the Musée d’Orsay and/or the Louvre, tell me about your experience there – I’d love to hear from you.

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, take care!

Wednesday Postcard: Montmartre in Paris

©️1997 The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features a Montmartre staircase photographed in 1924 by French artist, Eugène Atget (1857-1927). The original photograph was created using a printing process called albumen, which was invented by French inventor, Louis Blanquart-Evrard.

I bought the postcard during my visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles in 1998. I recall having to board a tram for a short, but scenic ride up the hill to get to the entrance of the museum.

The black and white image on this postcard inspired me to explore the Montmartre area “next time” since I’d had limited time during my first visit to Paris.

When I finally returned to Paris, I spent nearly an entire day in Montmartre. It was my mission to climb the famous staircase shown on my postcard! But when I got there, I learned that there were actually several steep staircases in the area!

As I’d imagined, the staircases afforded incredible views, like the Parisian rooftops with their distinctive chimney pots, or flues made of clay!

Since I had a Navigo Découverte transit pass (which gave me unlimited rides on the Paris métro, as well as the funicular), I walked down the stairs and took the Montmartre funicular back up a few times just for fun!

Funiculaire de Montmartre (2018)

Come to think of it, it was like riding the tram up to the Getty Center!

Postcard: Detail of travertine in the Getty Center Courtyard | Photo by A. Vertikoff

Over the years, I have accumulated hundreds of postcards from around the world, which I’ve either purchased from my local antique shops or received from thoughtful jet-setting family and friends who know I collect them. When I travel, I also like to send myself a carte postale just for fun!

I hope these postcards will make you want to revisit a favorite vacation spot or to embark on a journey to the destination of your dreams (when it’s safe to travel freely again, of course!)

And if you’ve been to the destination featured, tell me about your experience there – I’d love to hear from you.

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, take care!

Now Playing: Summer in Paris

View of the Eiffel Tower & Statue of Liberty from Voie Georges-Pompidou (2018)

Last weekend, I started re-watching “Emily in Paris” on Netflix. The first time I watched the series, I guess I was so focused on the classic Parisian sights, Emily’s chic attire, and her handsome suitors that I missed all the good music!

Thanks to a website called TuneFind (this is not an ad), I’ve learned the titles of the songs featured on the show.

Now I’ve got “Summer in Paris” by Bea Parks, Garo Nahoulakian, and Oliver Charles Horton on repeat. 🎶 It’s the song that plays about five minutes into the first episode showing Emily moving into her flat in Paris. The playful ditty is two minutes long and it’s helpful for anyone learning French, too – like Emily in Paris!

My favorite lyric is “a s’il vous plaît goes a long way.” So true!

Summer in Paris?

With the recent news of France easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers starting in May, it sounds like there is a chance to spend “summer in Paris” this year!

On April 20, 2021, however, the U.S. Department of State issued a “Do Not Travel” travel advisory for France “due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in France due to terrorism and civil unrest.”

Humph! 😤 This feels like getting invited to the coolest party, but your parents won’t let you go! (If you spend summer in Paris, send me a postcard, s’il vous plaît!) 😉

Stay well and be safe, everyone… and listen to “Summer in Paris”:

🎶

Book Review: “Dear Paris: The Paris Letters Collection”

Cover: Janice MacLeod/Andrews McMeel Publishing

Dear Paris: The Paris Letters Collection

Author/Illustrator: Janice MacLeod

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Genre: Travel; Epistolary; Creative Non-fiction

Pages: 304

My Thoughts

Janice MacLeod is “the artist behind Paris Letters, a painted letter series sent out via snail mail to those who crave getting fun snail mail about Paris.” This book is a collection of those letters!

There are more than one hundred handwritten letters in the book and each one is accompanied by a typed version of the letter, as well as a beautiful illustration by the author.

Most of the letters in the book have an informal and friendly tone as she describes her observations of Paris (and other places she has visited.) But some of the letters sound expository, like a helpful travel guide.

I think the epistolary format could still work without having each of the letters addressed to a specific person (in this case, the author’s friend, Ainé). At times, it felt like I was reading someone else’s misdirected mail.

Overall, the “Dear Paris” book by Janice MacLeod would appeal to lovers of art, travel, and Paris, of course!

About the Author

You can find Janice MacLeod on her website, Instagram, and Twitter.

To buy the book, visit her Etsy shop or Amazon (this is not an affiliate link).

Thank you to NetGalley for an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Louvre Museum in Paris

[Updated March 2021]

I went to the Louvre in May 2018, the same month that Beyoncé and Jay-Z, performing together as The Carters, filmed their now-iconic “APESH*T” music video.

The Louvre is definitely on my list to visit again because one visit was not enough! The next time I go, I will start the day at the Louvre. When I went in 2018, I ended my day there and I felt rushed to see everything, especially the must-sees like Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo.

Next time, I’d like to visit the museum with my family, see water in the fountains, see the Mona Lisa with the midnight blue background (the wall was repainted in October 2019), and, of course, see more of the art collections!

It makes me happy to learn that the Louvre has put its whole art collection online to view for free!

On March 26, 2021, the Louvre announced that it has added over 480,000 works of art from its database to its website, including those on public display at the museum, as well as those in storage. It’s part of the museum’s mission to be more accessible.

Check it out: collections.louvre.fr

Originally posted June 2018:

I’m going apesh*t at the thought that I could have caught a glimpse of Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Paris. I was at the Louvre in May 2018, too!

Ignore the bone-dry fountain

Lately, it seems everyone’s talking about the Louvre, possibly the world’s most famous museum. According to its website, it’s currently the world’s most visited museum, too!

souvenir bag

It just so happens that two of its most recent visitors are world famous in their own right. Not only did Beyoncé and Jay-Z stop by the Louvre, they filmed a music video there. At the Louvre! People are quick to say that only a power couple, such as The Carters, could shut down the famous museum. It’s true – their influence is undeniable. But let’s be real – the museum isn’t open 24/7. Isn’t it possible they filmed the video after hours or on a Tuesday (when the museum is closed)?

I didn’t like “APESH*T” at first, but it’s growing on me. I don’t get most of the references on the song (skrrt, skrrt, skrrt), but some of the lyrics speak to me:

“Sipping my favorite alcohol (alcohol), got me so lit, I need Tylenol (Tylenol)”

Oh, that Beyoncé, so relatable!

People want to say they’re trying to make a political statement in the video, or that they’re talking about their marriage in the song. Well, I won’t get into any of that, because who really knows? It’s none of my business.

But like everyone else, I will gush about that video. Beyoncé and Jay-Z did what they did: they created a remarkable work of art!

Another artist who recently evoked Le Musée du Louvre is New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde, whose second album, Melodrama, features a song called, “The Louvre.” My favorite lyrics from it are so cheeky, I can’t help but love it:

“We’re the greatest, they’ll hang us in the Louvre, down the back but who cares, still the Louvre”

Watch Lorde perform “The Louvre” in Oakland, California here (March 2018).

When I went to the Louvre, it was mid-afternoon. The sun was high and I was sweaty from walking, so I took a little break before I entered the museum.

Orangina and me

I enjoyed the shade and light breeze while I admired the Pyramide.

This painting is one of my favorites. It reminded me of my own sweet daughters.

Self-portrait with Her Daughter by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun.

Could I take these home? Emerald is my birthstone, after all!

Necklace and earrings of Empress Marie-Louise

As I descended the staircase in front of Winged Victory of Samothrace, I stretched out my arms and imagined I was Audrey Hepburn in the movie, Funny Face. I felt like I was flying.

There she is, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, or Venus de Milo.

yeah, baby, she’s got it

From March 29, 2018 to July 23, 2018, there is a special exhibition at the Louvre celebrating artist, Eugène Delacroix. He’s the one who painted “July 30, 1830: Liberty Leading the People” (La Liberté guidant le peuple). It’s sometimes called the Marianne painting as she is the symbol of liberty.

Finally, I saw the actual Mona Lisa, behind a velvet rope, in a frame, underneath thick glass, never blinking, looking good at every angle. She’s looking at all of us probably wondering what the fuss is all about.

La Joconde by Leonardo da Vinci

I was only at the Louvre for a couple of hours and I know that is not enough time to see everything: the walls, the ceilings, the floors, the stairs – they were all works of art. I felt grateful just being there.

“I can’t believe we made it, this is what we’re thankful for…”

Same.

Oh, that Beyoncé, so relatable! 😉

[Originally posted June 2018]

Have you been to the Louvre? Tell me in the comments below!

Wednesday Postcard: Palais Garnier in Paris

Photo: Albert MONIER

Postmarked: 1971

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features Palais Garnier in Paris. It’s also known as Opéra Garnier, or simply L’Opéra.

It was built from 1861 to 1875 by architect, Charles Garnier (he also contributed to the design of the thermal baths and the casino in Vittel, France!)

Google Arts & Culture features a virtual tour of the Palais Garnier – Perfect for these socially-distanced times!

The gorgeous opera house can also be seen in the following popular films and television shows:

Emily in Paris:

Find Me in Paris:

Leap! (aka Ballerina):

Phantom of the Opera (“All I Ask of You”)

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Over the years, I have accumulated about two hundred postcards from around the world, which I’ve either purchased from my local antique shops or received from thoughtful jet-setting family and friends who know I collect them. When I travel, I also like to send myself a carte postale just for fun!

I hope these postcards will make you want to revisit a favorite vacation spot or to embark on a journey to the destination of your dreams (when it’s safe to do so, of course!)

And if you’ve been to the destination featured, tell me about your experience there – I’d love to hear from you.

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, stay well!

Music Monday: Remember Paris

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Remember Paris

Songwriter: Bruno Nicolini

Performed by: Bénabar

Lyrics I like:

Mon accent est toujours là

Et moi? Moi, je me souviens de toi

Quand je m’balade au bord de la Seine

Je pense à une Américaine!

Translation:

My accent is still there

And me? I remember you

When I take a walk along the Seine

I think of an American!

🎶

Do you remember Paris?

I think this playful song would fit in nicely on the Emily in Paris (Netflix) soundtrack!

It’s easy to imagine that it’s one of Emily’s many charming suitors singing to her, wouldn’t you agree? 💕

Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead.

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If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested in my post, “Emily in Paris” Will Make You a Francophile

Wednesday Postcard: Le Moulin Rouge in Paris

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the famous cabaret and theatre, Le Moulin Rouge, which is located in the Montmartre area of Paris.

The yellow banner below the iconic red windmill is an advertisement for the 1960 film, La dragée haute, which starred French actor, Michel Piccoli (1925-2020).

The original Moulin Rouge was built in 1889, but it burned down in 1915. It was rebuilt and opened in 1921.

Le Moulin Rouge is known for the high-energy French can-can dance, which was once considered scandalous as the female dancers would perform high-kicks and reveal their petticoats.

Watch this video by France 24 for a backstage look:


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Until the next Wednesday Postcard, stay healthy and safe.

“Emily in Paris” Will Make You a Francophile

Do you remember the quote, “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings” from the film, “It’s A Wonderful Life”?

Well, I’m convinced that every time anyone says « Bonjour » in Emily in Paris, a Francophile is born!

I know, because this is the sort of content I would have eaten up when I was around 12 years old – the age yours truly became a Francophile.

The new Netflix comedy-drama centers around a 20-something marketing professional from Chicago, Emily Cooper (played by Lily Collins). Her boss was supposed to work in Paris for a year, but when she learns she’s pregnant, she sends Emily in her place.

I’m biased so I must say the best part of the show is that it’s set in Paris. It’s all there: seductive sights, high fashion, thrilling romance, and timeless magic in the City of Light.

One of the things I especially like about Emily in Paris is how the show informs viewers about some cultural or linguistic nuances. For example:

  • The ground floor of a building is floor zéro (not the first floor)
  • Préservatifs are not preserves
  • « Je suis excitée » does not exactly translate to “I’m excited” in the sense that you’re really looking forward to something

Emily and Mindy enjoy a meal here

How cliché

I also like how the show addresses (in a fun way) some of the so-called Ugly American traits (returning food to be “properly” cooked; speaking loudly), as well as French stereotypes (dog poop everywhere; rude shopkeepers).

Perhaps I’d been wearing rose-colored glasses, but I don’t recall seeing any poodle presents left on the sidewalks of Paris. Shopkeepers aren’t rude, either. Just because many of them don’t flash a big toothy grin (a common American characteristic), it doesn’t mean they’re impolite. In fact, we Americans inadvertently commit a faux pas by not saying « Bonjour » upon entering a shop, which is considered rude.

These bits of dialogue give me the sense that the show had both American and French audiences in mind by providing critiques and teaching moments about both cultures.

My favorite characters

If Emily’s character was the epitome of what it means to be American, then her French counterpart would have to be Sylvie, played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu.

My favorite character in the show, Sylvie has the je ne sais quoi of a self-assured woman. Her clothes are understated, yet elegant, which allow her own beauty to shine through. You can almost catch a whiff of her perfume through the screen. Beneath the snarky attitude, you could tell she has a softer side.

Another character I adore is Mindy, played by Ashley Park. Aside from being a good friend to Emily, I love her humor, outspokenness, and ability to speak English, Mandarin, and French. Who doesn’t aspire to be a polyglot?

Bof!

For all the delightful parts, there were several parts that were so unrealistic, you just had to shrug it off – Bof! For example:

  • Emily doesn’t speak French, but she was sent in place of her boss to work for a French company
  • Emily is hired to bring an American perspective yet she is chastised for being American (smiling too much; talking about work at a party; and arriving early/on-time for work)
  • Even after a run, Emily’s hair and makeup are intact
  • There are impossibly handsome men at every turn and every one of them falls in love with Emily
  • The First Lady of France helped one of Emily’s Instagram posts go viral

There’s a scene where Emily talks about the importance of teamwork, saying there’s no “I” in team. Then Sylvie points out that the French word for team is équipe, which does have an “I” in it. It goes to show that some jokes don’t translate well between French and English.

About teamwork, Emily doesn’t always practice what she preaches. Whenever there’s a problem, she does very little consulting with the team. But soon enough, voilà, problem is solved. Emily saves the day.

That said, longtime Francophiles like me will find the show a fun escape – much needed in these challenging times.

What I’d like to tell budding Francophiles watching Emily in Paris is: Go ahead and indulge in the visuals that the show offers – they are real places and they are beautiful – but one must also have realistic expectations when visiting Paris.

For example:

  • your hair won’t always be as shiny and wavy like Emily’s
  • your appartement likely won’t have an incredible view of the Parisian rooftops
  • your neighbors won’t necessarily be Harry Styles clones who also happen to be talented chefs

Finally, I’d tell first-time visitors to France that greeting the shopkeeper « Bonjour » is always a good idea!

Have you seen Emily in Paris? Did you love it or hate it?

Music Monday: J’ai Deux Amours

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: J’ai deux amours

Songwriters: Georges Koger, Henri Varna, Vincent Scotto

Performed by: Madeleine Peyroux

Lyrics I like:

c’est Paris tout entier

le voir un jour

c’est mon rêve joli

j’ai deux amours :

mon pays et Paris…

Translation:

Seeing all of Paris one day

Is my precious dream

I have two loves:

My country and Paris…

🎶

Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead.

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Wednesday Postcard: Pont Alexandre III in Paris

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features a watercolor rendering of the Pont Alexandre III in Paris.

During my first visit to Paris in the summer of 1995, I recall taking a break at a food stand located near the base of the Eiffel Tower. I ordered a saucisson-beurre baguette and an Orangina.

As I ate, I examined the handful of Paris postcards I had just bought from nearby vendors. The food stand owner noticed and asked me where I was from. “California,” I told him.

With raised eyebrows, he pointed to a Los Angeles postcard that was taped near the cash register. I shook my head and said, “I’m closer to San Francisco.” He then gave me his business card and asked me if I could send him a postcard from San Francisco.

A man after my own heart! As a fellow collector of postcards, I was naturally happy to oblige.

Shortly after New Year’s, I was pleasantly surprised to receive this beautiful postcard from him featuring the Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower. It was so thoughtful!

Pont Alexandre III

  • The bridge was built for the World Fair that was held in Paris in 1900
  • It was named after the Russian Tsar, Alexander III by the French government to celebrate Russian-French alliance
  • It connects Les Invalides on the Left Bank of the Seine River to the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais on the Right Bank
  • With its cherubs, winged horses, lamps, and pillars topped with gilded sculptures, the Pont Alexandre III is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris

For more information:

Paris Tourist Info – Pont Alexandre III

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Book Review: “Paris, Part Time”

ParisPartTimeCover

© 2020 by Lisa Baker Morgan 

 

Paris, Part Time

  • Author: Lisa Baker Morgan
  • Publisher: ciao yummy! (Los Angeles, California)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2020
  • Genre: Memoir, 396 pages

Paris, Part Time will appeal to readers interested in food, parenting, photography, travel, France, and specifically, the process of buying property in Paris!

For author and personal chef, Lisa Baker Morgan, her affinity for France began in her French class at her Southern California high school. She later dreamed of visiting France, but her college classes and job offered little free time for her to travel or take part in study-abroad programs.

But thanks to her father, who gave her a plane ticket as a college graduation gift, Morgan finally got the chance to visit Paris! Soon after, she went to law school and fell in love with a fellow aspiring litigator. Eventually they got married and had two daughters.

After several years, however, the marriage ended. Morgan’s child custody arrangement allowed her to travel to Paris while her daughters were on school breaks and staying with their father in Los Angeles.

During one winter break, Morgan spent the holidays with friends in the south of France. During that trip, she contracted a bacterial infection that required surgery. While recovering in a Monaco hospital and consumed with thoughts of her mortality, Morgan decided to transform her dreams into an active “To-Do” list. At the top of that list were her dreams to become a chef and to move to Paris.

The book moves at an urgent pace illustrating Morgan’s determination to reach her goals. For instance, while her daughters were at school, she attended early morning cooking classes or created new recipes. While she was in France looking at Paris apartments, she took the opportunity to visit other parts of France to do some food research.

On occasion, she would unwind by meeting friends over cocktails or having dinner with a love interest. It seems that meeting new people was easy for her; she became acquainted with well-connected people wherever she went.

Through it all, I found myself cheering her on, much like a supporter on the sidelines handing out cups of water to runners at marathons, which Morgan also likes to run.

While she admits to having moments of doubt and wonders whether she was acting selfishly in pursuit of her dreams, she remained focused and optimistic.

“While it seems I am juggling a thousand things at once – from escrow and raising children on one continent to cultivating contacts and researching food and apartments on another – I know things will come together” (p.79)

Before reading this book, I had no clue about the process of buying property in Paris. The bottom line: learn all about the notaire (notary) process before you start. It’s helpful advice should you ever want to buy your own pied-à-terre in the French capital.

I liked how Morgan provides a realistic view of the process. Things didn’t always go as planned. There were misunderstandings. There were delays. There was even a stubborn lamp that just wouldn’t work, even with fresh lightbulbs! Since she was splitting her time between Los Angeles and Paris, coordinating telephone meetings across time zones made the process extra challenging.

In her writing, you do get the sense of Paris being part time as chapters alternate between her life in Los Angeles and her life in France. Throughout the book, Morgan sprinkles in some French words and expressions, which are followed smoothly by English translations. In addition, she tells time using the AM/PM 12-hour clock system that’s used in the United States.

Furthermore, she employs arrondissement numbers when describing movement from one Parisian district to another. This presumes the reader has prior knowledge of the snail-like configuration of the City of Light. Pas de problème! It’s not a problem, though – just keep a Paris map handy.

In the book’s slower parts, she effectively conveys the sense of calm she feels in certain moments, like shopping for fresh produce then slicing celery, onion, and carrots, or mirepoix, to make a flavor base for soup; tucking her daughters into bed, or folding and packing her daughters’ summer clothes into a suitcase.

Her writing contains beautiful descriptions. When she talks about the dishes she prepares, it makes you wish you had the recipes. Then, as if she’d just read your mind, voilà! The recettes (recipes) appear like tasty hors d’oeuvres in between chapters leaving you wanting more.

The book also features over 100 photographs taken by Morgan. Like the recipes, the black & white and color photographs are in between chapters so you can enjoy them in batches.

The book includes images of her young daughters, food from the marché, and the varied landscapes of the places she’s visited, like the French regions of Alsace, Normandy, Loberon, and Provence. Other French cities she’s traveled to include Gordes, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Colmar.

The takeaway from this gripping memoir is: You must follow your dream – if not now, when?

About the author:

Lisa Baker Morgan graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in English literature. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School and her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Today, Morgan continues to divide her time between Paris and Los Angeles. Her eldest daughter will begin college in fall 2020. In 2022, her youngest daughter will follow, and Paris can then be “full-time.”

For many years, Morgan authored a travel and food blog. You can also find her on Facebook, TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Visit her website or Amazon to order the book.

Thanks/Merci to Lisa Baker Morgan for giving me a copy of her book, Paris, Part-Time, in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday Postcard: Le Pont Neuf in Paris

Paris at night Le Pont Neuf and La Conciergerie

photo: J-M Charles

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features le Pont Neuf in Paris. I bought the postcard during my first trip to France in 1995.

  • Le Pont Neuf (“the new bridge”) was constructed between 1578 and 1607, making it the oldest bridge over the Seine River in Paris
  • The bridge has five arches that connect the Ile de la Cité to the left bank (Rive Gauche) and seven arches that connect the Ile de la Cité to the right bank (Rive Droite)
  • Restoration of the bridge began in 1994 and completed in 2007 in time for its 400th anniversary

The postcard also features the Conciergerie, the medieval palace that was converted to a Palace of Justice and then a prison during the French Revolution.

For more information:

Pont Neuf – Paris Tourist Office

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Wednesday Postcard Bonjour Darlene

Let These TV Show Episodes Transport You to France

While actual travel is out of the question for now, you can still indulge your fantasies of traveling to France.

For example, you can watch French movies. You can watch travel videos. You can view French museum exhibitions online. You can strap on a virtual reality headset and get a bird’s-eye view of various chateaux in the lush French countryside. You can read Francophile blogs. 😉

These days, I’m doing a bit of armchair traveling by watching a few lighthearted TV shows with French-inspired episodes!

Here are some of my favorites:

Friends (Season 10, Episode 13) – “The One Where Joey Speaks French”

Joey needs to learn French for a role he’s auditioning for and Phoebe offers to teach him:

How I Met Your Mother (Season 9, Episode 16)

This flashback episode is from the show’s final season:

Key & Peele on Comedy Central – “French Restaurant”

A man tries to impress his date with his knowledge of French language and cuisine:

The Late Late Show with James Corden – “Crosswalk the Musical in Paris: Les Misérables”

The funny talk show host and his theatre company perform a famous French musical (in English) in a crosswalk with a view of the Arc de Triomphe:

Modern Family (Season 11, Episode 13) – “Paris”

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan heads to the City of Light. Here’s Mitchell trying to fit in:

The Office (US adaptation; Season 5, Episode 8) – “Frame Toby”

Dwight describes his perfect crime involving the Trocadéro:

Tiny House World on FYI Television Network (Season 1, Episode 5) – “Petit Chateau in Paris”

Follow Shari from Brooklyn, New York to Paris, as she looks for her new home in Le Marais:

I hope these TV shows with French-inspired episodes will make you smile. I’m hopeful things will be back to normal soon. Until then, take care and stay safe.

📺

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