Ten Things I Love About France

Because it’s all about lists these days, right? In no particular order:

1. Walking the streets of Paris – the entire city is a work of art. I love to simply stroll along the avenues, people watch, gaze at the architecture, find unique spots in each quartier, inhale the scents, leading to #2…

Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter

2. The smell of a patisserie. I’ll never forget the time I was strolling down a narrow street and was stopped in my tracks by a rich, buttery scent pouring out a patisserie door. I stopped, whispered, “Oh. My. God.” Closed my eyes, and stood there inhaling deeply, unselfconscious until I paused, looked inside, and saw the pastry chef watching me with an amused, and pleased, smile on his face.

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3. Flower boxes on windows.

132 Window in Nice

4. Fields of lavender right next to fields of sunflowers in Provence.

Abbaye de Senaque

Abbaye de Senanque

435 More sunflowers!

5. Provence. For its beauty, its romance, its cuisine, its otherworldness.

6. Riding a bike through Bretagne.

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7. Eating galettes and drinking cool apple cider on a hot day in Bretagne.

IMG_1790 8. The French language. For all the grief it causes me, I love the sing-song beauty of this romantic language.

9. The Impressionists.

Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil, 1873 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil, 1873 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

10. And Paris. I really love Paris. Cliché? Perhaps. Still, to me, she will always be romantic, mysterious, something I will never quite touch nor truly understand, yet a place where I come alive and life beats forward at a quicker, more exciting, more beautiful pace.

I love Paris in the spring time
I love Paris in the fall
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles

I love Paris every moment
Every moment of the year
I love Paris, why, oh why do I love Paris
Because my love is here

I love Paris every moment
Every moment of the year
I love Paris, why, oh why do I love Paris
Because my love is here

She’s there, she’s everywhere
But she’s really here

         -Cole Porter

011 Same as G Belmon painting

29 thoughts on “Ten Things I Love About France

  1. Halo,
    Your #4 on the list is my favorite one. Funny because 4 is also my destiny number (total of my birthdate into a single number). And I fell in love with Provence because of the Lavender and Sun flower farm. I saw the photos of the farm a week ago. From that photos, I wrote a poetry. Both the photo and the poetry is in my blog now. I also write a prose with the same title: Finding Home.

    You can have a look here at http://diananora.wordpress.com/poetry

  2. Here is my suggestion for #12: the sense of history that imbues every cobblestone, every traditional food, many towns and cities. I love wondering about the origin of a street name, seeing a Roman ruin next to a medieval cathedral (like in Lyon), and bumping into castles and used bookstores!

  3. I loved reading your top ten. I think that I might well have had Brittany and Provence on my list as well. They’re so different as regions, but that’s part of what I love about travelling around France.

  4. You hit everything that is great about France! I have felt for a very long time that I belong here-it feels like home for me and now, I am looking for a home in the Provence area with mon amour 🙂 to make a bed and breakfast “project” as a business plan is called here. It is truly a beautiful and magical place…

  5. Love your blog. My husband and I are hoping to move to Paris in 18 months when we retire. Have been multiple times and we love all the things on your list as well. We just have to master the language and that’s a work in progress!

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