I will be celebrating today with champagne and foie gras (from France, not purchased illegally in California). I think I might even begin the process of applying for my French citizenship, seems like a great day to do it!
Want to help me celebrate? (I won’t make you eat foie gras!)
I have a few lovely French-themed items hanging around my office at home and I have decided to package them up inside a beautiful Paris bag from Kasia Dietz and give them away to one lucky commenter! Every Saturday I share six of my favorite reads from the week, it’s one of my favorite things to do and I thought you might want to join in.
Check out my picks for this week and then share one of your favorites you’ve have read recently and why you like it.
 One of the most quintessential parts of being French and French life is the cafe. Many hours are spent reading, writing, or visiting with friends in these little spots. In small towns this is a big part of the social life where gossip is exchanged among other things. For me (and Mr. Misadventures) just hanging out in a cafe in Paris (or any part of France) is one of my favorite things to do and I highly recommend it for people-watching! Of course if you want to undertake that sort of activity, it’s best if you blend in a bit. That’s why Corey of Tongue in Cheek’s post “how to do the French cafes without looking like a tourist” is perfect!
 And while you are at it, Véronique of French Girl in Seattle has ten steps to enjoying Paris. She presented her tips with a lot of humor and great photos that perfectly illustrate each point…I loved it!
 People either love Napoleon Bonaparte or hate him. Me? I am fascinated. I gobble up the French movies about his life and while a lot of people make fun of the series that was done with Christian Clavier and Isabella Rossellini, I loved it! In fact we have it on DVD and watch it at least once a year. Sure he was a jerk, but he also did a lot of great things for France as well. And he loved Josephine more than life itself, even though he did screw her over. It was a lifelong, undying love and there aren’t many of those kind of love stories anymore. Napoleon also had a flare for drama and he was a prolific writer of letters and love letters. That’s why I thoroughly enjoyed Mental Floss’s post this week: 10 Lines From Napoleon’s Love Letters That Sound Like Crazy Texts…it’s awesome!
 One of the most important aspects of travel for me is food. I will actually travel someplace just for the food. In my mind it can make or break a trip. There are definitely tricks of the trade as well as necessary behavioral practices to make sure that you can have the best experience possible and Mark at Migrationology has shared some really great tips for making that happen. Plus the photos are beautiful, although they will make you hungry!
 There are lessons in everything we do. Sometimes we don’t necessarily see them until we step away a bit. I love the post Jennifer wrote this week on The Lost Girls. She is an ex-flight attendant and had some really thoughtful life lessons that she learned while doing that job which she can now take into the rest of her life/career. And you can learn from them too!
 When I finally learn to use my camera the first thing I want to do is take a food photography class! I previously featured La Tartine Gourmande in Saturday Six #104 when she did a post about one of her workshops and I continue to be enchanted with them as she posted about another one this week. My appetite has been sufficiently whetted and I need to light a fire under my ass to get enrolled in a class so that I can attend one of La Tartine Gourmande’s (or White on Rice Couple’s) sessions!
Now it’s your turn!
Leave a comment below with a favorite post you have read recently (any blog) for your chance to win the Bastille Day prize pack. The pack includes a copy of Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange; a fun macaron-covered journal from KOCO Journal and a really fun print containing a map of France by wine regions:
These items will be beautifully encased in a Kasia Dietz Paris bag like this one (photo spotted on the The PerfectlyParis Blog):
You have until midnight PST, Saturday, July 27th to get it done!
Good luck! / Bon chance !