Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It's summertime. Ah, and I'm feeling weary, mes amis. Weary of contemplating the iPhone4, of finding the Next Best Thing, of being cutting-edge and hip (or vaguely trying). Yes, I think a little nostalgia is in order.
So here are a few new-but-old happenings from the French cultural scene. Or are they old-but-new?
1. Step back in time and visit Jean Cocteau's house in Milly-la-Foret. which is now open to the public.
2. Every Sunday evening through August 8, you can (re)discover the tradtional guinguette -- bal populaire -- on the Canal d'Ourcq. Dance the night away!
3. If you're inspired by the breathtaking television views of ancient architecture as the cyclists from the Tour de France speed by on the country lanes, well, you can dream of buying a chateau yourself.
4. Remember the days of classic French cuisine without the guilt? Remember the days of dining with silver and crisply-ironed damask napkins (or at least seeing photos of glamorous celebrities doing so)? Do the names Elizabeth Arden, Tallulah Bankhead, and Emily Post ring a bell? Would you like to know their favorite recipes?
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