Saturday, July 18, 2020

San Francisco and France

Legion of Honor
Fine Arts Museum | Website

The Legion of Honor museum is a French neoclassical building inspired by the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. The courtyard includes Rodin's The Thinker and a glass pyramid skylight reminiscent of the one at the Louvre.


Here are shots from the French Quarter of San Francisco.

"Paris of the Pacific" was the name given to San Francisco during the 1850s Gold Rush when French immigrants sailed to SF bringing their expertise in products that the miners needed, along with skills, stores, food, salons and culture -per Consulate General of France in San Francisco

Cafe Claude
French restaurant with Left Bank vibe and live music | Website

Café de la Presse
for French breakfast and brunch | Website

a Tabac store, Brasserie and Hotel des Arts
located on Bush Street (and Grant Avenue)


French San Francisco
by Claudine Chalmers
History | Goodreads

Nineteenth-century California was not a destination for the faint of heart, and Frenchmen are usually said to prefer their slippers to their traveling boots. Yet many visitors from France--starting in 1786 with legendary explorer Count de LapAA(c)rouse--made their way to the remote and beautiful territory, leaving enduring accounts and images of their experience. As France's troubled revolutionary era began in the 1840s, tens of thousands of Frenchmen journeyed to California's goldfields. Some found wealth, others freedom, and some death. Many remained in San Francisco, helping shape the city and make it French from the inside.

French character in San Francisco story:

Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue
Historical, Mystery, San Francisco | Goodreads

Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.

The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.


San Francisco Book Company
since 1997
an English language bookshop
located in the heart of the Left Bank of Paris | Website

Definitely a place to visit while there ;-)


* part of Paris in July (here)


  1. That's very interesting -- those must be very enjoyable places in San Francisco, though they are no doubt closed for the current emergency.

    be well... mae at

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I read Slammerkin, a first rate historical fiction by Donoghue a few years ago and two of her Short stories. I have added From music to my list

  3. That Leila Slimani book sounds amazing, as a practicing muslim, I'm interested in reading books that surround this topic.


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