Lots of ideas for a lovely French-themed party at Celebrations at Home!
We were in Normandy (home of Camembert!) this month, and everywhere we went we saw this poster for an exhibit on dairy traditions at the Musée du terroir normand. The poster just made us happy. Exhibit info: Traditions Laitières Musée Du Terroir.
After being banned in the mountain country and many parts of the world for almost a century, absinthe, famously associated with bohemian fin-de-siècle artists, is making a comeback in the land of its birth, five years after being legalized by Swiss authorities.
Perhaps no time better exemplifies the glitz and glamour of this small sliver of Mediterranean coastline—Cannes, Monaco, Saint-Tropez—than the 1950s and 60s.
Series of photos at The Daily Beast.
Great animated short French Roast created by Fabrice Joubert, set in a French café circa 1960.
via The Presurfer
Magnifique ! Series of photos of high-fashion models floating around Paris in Melvin Sokolsky’s Bubble Series, which appeared in Harper’s magazine in 1963.
via Boing Boing
Looking attractive, at any age, is just what Frenchwomen do, especially the urban ones. For Parisiennes, maintaining their image is as natural as tying a perfect scarf or wearing stilettos on cobblestone streets. Beauty is a tradition handed down from generation to generation.
The French-language version of international news channel France 24 will be available throughout the US from 14 July, which is “Bastille Day”. Up to now, France 24 has been available in English in certain regions of the United States. Now the French channel will be broadcast 24 hours a day throughout the US via the Dish satellite television service.
The revolution of 1789 has burned the notion of equality deep into the French psyche and a proud Parisian finds it abhorrently degrading to act subserviently.
via BBC News
A 14-year-old French girl won the international doodle contest, which was open to kids between four and 17. Grand prize included having her doodle displayed on July 11th and getting a free trip to South Africa.
Greed, ambition, a president, a beauty empire heiress, a con man, secret envelopes filled with cash, recording devices planted by domestics, Nazis, collaborationists, and more… All you could ever want in a French political/high society scandal. The whole mess explained clearly and succinctly in this Telegraph article.
*the French version of “for Dummies” book titles