Friday, September 11, 2015

Dreaming of Paris

"Crossing the Seine, it appears like a wide 
glittering swathe of fabric striped with bridges
and flanked by picturesque buildings, while to
the west the familiar shape of the Eiffel Tower
is visible. I reach inside my bag for a sketchbook
and pen. My adventure in Paris has begun..."
                  ~Jason Brooks, 'Paris Sketchbook'

  To say that I fantasize about Paris often is an understatement. There are many places that I would love to visit but Paris stands at the highest tip of my tower of dreams. I love to read about Paris and all things French. I have many books about Paris, France and French living. They keep my dream alive! I recently bought a beautiful book by Jason Brooks of his sketches from Paris. These are just a few pictures of my favourite pages coupled with photos I've taken. Oh, and just in case you like to dream too here is my "All things French" book list: 

Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott (and the sequel At Home with Madame Chic)
All You Need to be Impossibly French by Helena Frith Powell
Entre Nous by Debra Ollivier
What French Women Know by Debra Ollivier
French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
The French Beauty Solution by Mathilde Thomas
Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange
French Parents Don't Give In by Pamela Druckerman
At My French Table by Jane Webster
Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson


  1. Paris is my dream to. One day we will get there and it will be more beautiful than our dreams.

    1. I hope so Shell! Thankyou so much for your sweet comment!
      Jennelise xo

  2. What a fun post Jennelise.. Your photos are so charming. I have read French Women Don't Get Fat. It's a wonderfully written book with humor, helpful tips and the French culture. Not to say that you haven't read it! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would like to read Raising Bebe to see what their philosophy is on child rearing. I hope you get to Paris someday! Have a wonderful weekend.


    1. Thankyou for your kind words Tamara! The parenting books are so fascinating! I think you will like them. :)

  3. Hi Jennelise....l loved your fun Frenchy post, especially the sketches in Jason Brook's stylish book. l hope your dream of visiting Paris comes true real soon....after being so fabulously well read you'll know exactly where to visit and what to see:-) You might also enjoy reading a book called French Essence by Vicky Archer if you haven't already, she has a blog under this name also.
    l hope you have a relaxing, sunshiny weekend.

    1. I love Vicky Archer's blog! I get emails every time she posts and I love to read them! I hope your weekend is lovely too!
      Jennelise xo

  4. Paris is wonderful, there is a softness and romance about the place. I would love to visit again there is a lot to see so another visit is needed !

  5. Eu também sonho em conhece Paris, é um lugar encantador.
    Amei suas dicas. Beijos
    Casa Cherry

  6. Paris is a lovely city, but the true magic happens in the countryside. When (not IF) you go to France, make it a point to venture out.

    Thank you for your visit today! Now I know why the roses were your favorite ;).

  7. Hey ! I am French and I study in Paris. I understand what you mean. I always visite Paris like monuments and exhibitions. It's so cool !