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Wednesday Whimsy #5


Bonjour and happy Wednesday. The above photo of éclairs is from L'éclair de Génie on Montmartre. On Friday I will be posting a recap of the food portion of our trip to Paris and these beauties will be included.


In anticipation of The Portrait being released at the end of June, I thought it fitting to share another book by Antoine Laurain. The Red Notebook is one of my absolute favorite books of all time- I like to describe it as Amelie in book form. It is whimsical and French and what more could I possibly want in a book? Joking aside, this is a really fun read and I recommend it to any reader. I am definitely due for a reread. I also really liked The President's Hat a lot, by the same author.


Here's a really cute map of pique-nique spots across Paris. This fits right in with the tourist's guide to the perfect Paris picnic.

Three French-girl eating habits you should adopt right now.

A contest is going on to transform ghost Métro stations into usable space. I love this!

Bring a little Parisian touch into your home with 5 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen Like a Cozy Parisian Café.


(photo from her blog)

Carly Heitlinger isn't French, but she just got back from Paris and the dreamy photos she's shared while there have had her on my mind. She writes the blog The College Prepster; on it she shares great outfits, cute pictures of her dogs, fitness motivation, and life stories. Her Instagram (@carly) posts are some of my favorites to look forward to in my feed. Excuse me while I go buy everything she wore in Paris... Sorry, Joe!

Bonjour Kale by Kristen Beddard


I feel like Bonjour Kale was first on my wishlist forever, then sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read forever. OKAY not forever, but definitely for six months. I check my Amazon wish lists every day for things that may have gone on a drastic sale and one day this was $1.99. Don't think I'm crazy for checking every day - once I found a $12.99 kindle book for .38! I'm sure it was an accident but I purchased it immediately anyway.

I was about halfway through reading this when I decided to get a new Kindle Paperwhite in white. I went to the Amazon Books store in University Village to see one in person and bought it there. It was only my second time in their store and I learned a lot. Amazon Prime members get the online Amazon price for books purchased in-store, while non-members pay the list price. Pretty cool if you're a prime member!

So, on to the book. I really liked it overall. There were a few parts in the beginning where I feel like she was kind of complaining about French quirks or customs, but she very clearly states at the start of the book that she is in no way a Francophile. Kristen found herself living in France with her new husband with no job and no purpose. Back in the US she really liked kale and discovered that it was absolutely nowhere to be found in Paris. No one even knew the correct French name for it! So she started The Kale Project where she found restaurants who would be willing to use kale on their menus and then farmers who were willing to grow it and sell it at the markets, and then made the magic happen. It took several years, but she helped teach the French that kale is awesome and that if farmers grow it, people will pay a lot for it.

This book is a fun, quick read, and I don't even like kale! I definitely recommend it if you're interested in French memoirs or kale.

4/5 Stars

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Mont Saint-Michel


^The original ceiling^

After booking the trip to Paris, Joe and I decided to do a day trip. I suggested Disney and he suggested Mont Saint-Michel. I was a little reluctant to do the latter because it was about a four hour coach ride each way with around 3 hours to spend there, but the French countryside isn't anything tortuous so we decided to take the trip to the Normandy coast.

We signed up to get lunch with the group and we got to try real Camembert, which the region is known for. It was amazing- way better than anything you can get in the U.S. There was quite a bit of construction with streets blocked off so we weren't able to do as much wandering as I would have liked to. We also signed up for the guided tour of the abbey which was very disappointing. Everyone spoke English except for one Spanish couple so we got to hear the part in English then stand there for double the time doing nothing while the guide said the same thing. I feel like this should have been handled better and it made me wish we hadn't done the guided tour and just wandered.

Despite this, it was still a really neat trip and I highly recommend going if you get the chance.

Montmartre Cemetery


So. many. cats! And so much blue. What a dreamy place this is. In keeping with having life revelations each time I'm in Paris, I dramatically decided what I want to do with my life and thought of a book idea in this very cemetery. I had planned to also visit Père Lachaise but I was just too tired and couldn't physically cram another thing in. After seeing this beauty, it's at the top of the list for my next trip.