Saturday, July 2, 2011

Books&Brioche: A Weekend in Paris

french themed - ooh-la-la
June 21 - August 31, 2011


I'm starting off the weekend watching the Tour de France which starts today at Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts and ends in Paris Champs-Élysées on July 24.

!Cheering for Andy Schleck!

Cyclists should beware of...

Afterwards I plan to sit back with a cappuccino...

and listen to this...

La Valse d'Amelie
(Yann Tiersen cover)
played by Dave Thomas

and then start reading this...

Weekend in Paris
by Robyn Sisman

Molly Clearwater had always wanted to escape the confines of her small-town upbringing to make a splash as a career woman in London. But somehow, working as a low-level assistant for the boorish Malcolm Figg wasn't nearly as fulfilling as she had hoped-until Malcolm offered her a "perk"-a free weekend business trip to Paris. She's ecstatic until she discovers that Malcolm's idea of "business" isn't exactly the same as hers. Horrified, Molly storms out of the office. With nothing else to lose, she impulsively boards a train to Paris, intent on treating herself to a long weekend in the City of Light.

Within moments of stepping onto the cobblestoned streets of Paris, Molly is swept up in an adventure that defies her imagination. From infiltrating a conference in a Cleopatra wig to sharing her deepest secret with a complete stranger, Molly's weekend away from her troubles turns into a dizzying voyage of passion and self-discovery, transforming her absolutely...

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* image source evil bike, cappuccino

* did you recognize the accordion music from the film Amélie?

* part of Vacation Reads (or, Books for the Armchair Traveler)
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  1. Weekend in Paris sounds like a fun read! :)
    I would recommend Chocolat by Joanne Harris.

  2. I recommend watching Amelie. Loads of people said I looked like her, so I watched the film. It's cute and after I felt honored that people saw some resemblance.

  3. I love that pic of the cappuccino! I can't think of a completely French book or film to refer. But 13 Little Blue Envelopes had some really neat scenes inn Paris.

  4. I don't know if it is considered a French movie, but I love the movie Gigi starring the incomparable Leslie Caron! It has been a favorite since I was a child :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  5. I enjoyed CHARLOTTE GRAY with Cate Blanchett. An interesting look at the French Resistance & working behind German Lines in occupied France - WWII.


  6. We watched Amelie for the first time just a few months back on cable, and I loved the sweet actress, Audrey Tautou - who played the zany heroine. One of the best *foreign* films I'd seen in ages!

    Gawd - a brioche sounds heavenly about now ;D

  7. Mmmm, I need a weekend in Paris! Let's see, a favorite French book is Bonjour Tristess by Francoise Sagan -- classic '60s-era (I believe) novel about a French teenager jealous of her father's new lover -- twisted and bratty and fascinating -- just marvelous. One of my favorite French films is Brotherhood of the Wolf -- gorgeous to look at, and monster movie to boot!

  8. I have read other novels by Robyn Sisman and I have enjoyed them all. This one sounds great. My French related book is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. A classic but a great read.

  9. Oh this looks good! I will recommend the movie French Kiss. It's a little old now but still good. Thanks!


  10. My favorite French film is probably Amelie. I thought it was so cute and since I saw it as a teenager I think I wanted to grow up to be her :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    vanessanicole21 at yahoo dot com

  11. The book Anna and The French Kiss is a good one. You must read it!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  12. i would recommend reading anna and the french kiss as well!its a very cute book!

    thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  13. luving this! french related recommendation? Isabelle LaFleche's "J'adore New York" and the followup yet to be published might be nxt "J'adore Paris"!
    great giveaway ") THX!

  14. I'll have to recommed Amelie because its pretty much the only French film I know. Or the new book The Paris Secret.

  15. film to watch Amelie (

  16. I have to recommend He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not starring Audrey Tautou.

  17. Haven't watched a lot of French movies, but I have watched some comedies so I would recommend those. The movies were called Taxi and Taxi II if I remember correctly.


  18. French related books:

    Die For Me by Amy Plum
    Something Dangerous by Penny Vincenzi

    Thanks! :)


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