Saturday Six #106

Saturday Six on Misadventures with AndiHappy Bastille Day! Or fête nationale for my Frenchie friends!

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.

[1] 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!

[2] 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!

[3] 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!

[4] 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!

[5] 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!

[6] 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:

Bastille Day Giveaway on Misadventures with Andi

Bastille Day Giveaway: Parisian Chic, a macaron-themed journal and French wine map.

These items will be beautifully encased in a Kasia Dietz Paris bag like this one (photo spotted on the The PerfectlyParis Blog):

Kasia Dietz Paris Bag

Kasia Dietz Paris Bag

You have until midnight PST, Saturday, July 27th to get it done!

Good luck! / Bon chance !

About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. A marketing gal who gave up my job to travel around the United States in an RV with my hubby. I'm now settling into the Portland area where I'm looking for my next career adventure! I love to travel via my stomach. Eating, seeking out local artisans and features to share. I've got more than 26 years of experience in marketing focused on content, social media, and direct marketing and I've mentored many bloggers, old and new.


  1. Lisa Vigna says:

    I am a huge Francophile and French Etiquette is my fave! Going to the Bastille Day celebration in Manhattan on 60th Street tomorrow hosted by FIAF and learning French at the moment. This would be a wonderful win! I love all things French from the people to the culture, language and cuisine. And as my fashion icon (oh and yes and how can I forget the fashion!) said….Paris is always a good thing!– Audrey Hepburn. Thanks for the chance!

  2. Proverb Adams says:

    New to this blog but recently read of the wall of I love yous in Paris and thought that it was lovely. The wall was the brain child of Fredric Baron and Claire Kito, a calligraphist, it consists of 8.2 inch by 11.7 inch tiles that say I love you in different languages. The mural has each tile written in colors and has a red patch that represents the broken heart being rebuilt. What a lovely idea and the best thing that I have read this week. The wall is located in Paris at Buttes Montmarte Place des Abbesses at the square in Jehan Rictus. Beautiful really….

  3. Bonjour!

    I’m also new to this blog and was so happy to have stumbled upon it! I love hearing what other people are reading, it’s always great to get suggestions for the next book on my bedside table, so this article was fantastic!

    I’m a Spanish teacher with a love for French! 😉

    Thank you for this opportunity, you rock!

  4. I really enjoyed the French Girl in Seattle post about 10 steps to enjoying Paris, wish I would have read that when I visited France 5 years ago!!

  5. Beth Hargett says:

    I am so excited to have found your blog! I was fascinated with everything French at an early age. My mother would speak to me in French (not fluently, but from what she remembered in her high school classes) and when I got older, I too chose to take French. Anyway, I minored in French in college. The post I read recently that stuck out in my mind was the one about Top Vacation Ideas For Independent Travel. I had never thought of some of these, like Albania. I prefer independent travel and I appreciate your telling me about these neat places to check out!

  6. I am new to your blog (I have you in my RSS now!) but of the posts I have read so far I really liked the Valencian Beverage Delights post here:; it took me right back to a place and time as surely as Proust’s madeleines. Granted it was partly the pictures – still – I loved Horchata and have only ever had it in Spain one year when I was there and I was in love (briefly ~ the trip and the love thing). I never saw those pastries though.

  7. Bonjour! Thank you so much for mentioning my blog in today’s post. I am glad I checked out the stats for my blog or I would not have seen your referral. Love your blog too, and will be following it from now on! Welcome to all your readers if they decide to stop by! A bientot — Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

    • Veronique, so happy to stop by, and it is my pleasure to include you. One question: are you on Twitter? I have tweeted a couple of your posts, but can not find a Twitter handle for you that I can credit to.

  8. Popped in from Saturday Sharefest! I am all about the food when I go places!

  9. Saundra M says:

    New to the blog, but I really enjoy youer new article about Klout. I don’t even know 400 blogs a day to read. But I am disabled and could if I knew that many. I do like Klout but do not understand it as well as I should. Thank you for telling about tweeting and retweeting. I need to do that more often. Am now going to read more posts on your blog. Oh, and I love French everything.

  10. Cute, I love all of this!

    I absolutely loved this post from my friend Holly on a British backyard croquet garden party she and her mom threw:

    • @Kristin, OMG that post is adorable! This is exactly what I love about blogging, also discovering great new peeps to read. She has been added to me reader and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff – thanks!

  11. I believe my Twitter handle is FrenchGirlinSeattle– Hope this helps.

  12. Your blog is so good, I’ve always had a sort of fascination with French. I am a new blogger but I have been going through your posts and this is one I really loved (I even got my sister to read it, lol!):;
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! x

  13. Hi! My favourite posts are those about French culture (music, cinema), but also posts about food and drink. So, just a couple of posts I enjoyed reading in your blog are about Jean du Jardin and about Emilio Estévez’s film. Thanks! Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,

  14. Hi! I would love to travel more but can’t, so, a way of traveling from my armchair is reading posts about different places. My favourite posts are those about French culture (music, cinema, literature), but also posts about food and drink. So, just a couple of posts I enjoyed reading in your blog are about Jean du Jardin and about Emilio Estévez’s film. Thanks! Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,

  15. How To Do french Cafe Without Looking Like a Tourist

  16. 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!

    This is so true happened to more then once why cant we have a book on how to live life besides the bible

  17. Thanks for this fun opportunity! I celebrated Bastille Day yesterday by making crepes. Here’s a link to a blog I’ve recently read and enjoyed:

  18. Nina McClain says:

    I’m new to your blog. I love this post! I would love to visit france.

  19. I am so looking forward to a trip to Paris. We have friends who live there and have lots of offers of apartments to stay at.

  20. I recently read this post: . I loved it because it showed how to make ‘fake pasta’ using zucchini. Brilliant! It’s a great way to get more veggies in the diet. I can’t wait to try it.
    By the way, I love all things French too… especially my French husband! 😉
    janmessali (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. Judith (from Israel) says:

    I loved the “That which rivals Disneyland” post at

  22. I love those Macarons! and loved the post Seven sweet Teats to eat in Paris.
    YUMMO! Paris does sweets like nobody’s business. New to your Blog but from what I see…LOVE IT!
    Happy Bastille Day!

  23. amanda roach says:

    i just found yoru blog. but i am an avid reader and enjoyed this post. thank you

  24. Serena Powell says:

    I really enjoyed this post ( ) on Talk 2 Trees.


  25. I read this post recently-

    I love the new fun styles the shop has!


  26. I read a blog How to do a French Cafe without Looking Like a Tourist. Very interesting article.

  27. Crystal Renee says:

    I read your posts about the trip to Zion and was wishing I was there! Such a beautiful place.

  28. I am so glad I found your blog! I can already tell, it’s going to be one of my favorites. I love travel and culture.

  29. shannon Heitt says:

    foie gras is horrible 🙁

  30. I really love Nostalgia blogs (like What I Read Back Then, The Unprofessional Critic, and Dibbly Fresh) and cooking blogs (like Budget Bytes).


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  32. I don’t know any other blogs about france, but this post I read yesterday made me laugh:
    maybe be sure to inspect all french bread before eating it…good thing they sell it fresh daily there!

  33. Marilyn says:

    I loved the French Girl in Seattle post about 10 Steps to Enjoying Paris.

  34. Barbara P. says:

    Cute, I love all of this!

  35. julia mcintosh says:

    I enjoyed the “French Girl in Seattle” blog about the 10 steps to enjoying Paris. I love all the wonderful pictures and I’m glad I found your blogsite. Thank you

  36. I like Serious Eats post about French food in a Flash

  37. Alexandra. says:
  38. I love every kind of DIY post!

  39. We’ll be in France in September and I LOVED the tongue in cheek blog post on how to do the french cafes without looking like a tourist. 10 ways to enjoy Paris was great, too:

  40. Loved your recent post about travelling through Zion – one of my favorite road trips was there, and I’d love to go back. This giveaway is adorable, so fingers crossed!

  41. I just finished reading several posts on The Cotton Floozy and laughing my head off!

  42. Thank you for the giveaway. my favorite posts are usually one about homesteading and quilting

  43. It’s my first time here, and as I am planning a trip to Paris within the year, I know I’ll be a frequent visitor searching for advice! I love the post about how to do the French cafes without looking like a tourist the best so far ( but I’m just getting starting – I’m sure I’ll find lots more! Thanks so much!

  44. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I recently read a post about traveling to London – it was very informative

  45. Foie Gras…. *shudder*. I have a whole story about that stuff but I will save you from the horror. 🙂 I’ve been consumed with cooking blogs lately. I really enjoyed this post at A Sweet Pea Chef: It’s a little cooking, a little memory and a little travel. Enjoy!

  46. I read a blog with travel tips, which was really helpful

  47. Stephanie B says:

    This post I read recently touched my heart. I think it is great.

  48. I have two favs at the moment–the blog giveaway post that brought me here, and a post by Kate Hopper about how mom’s can use their experiences in their writing to reach others.

  49. Leslie Rigsby says:

    I loved the peek into Napolean’s world. People never change, do they?

  50. Fav post from (titled DEAR DIARY – TOXIC WASTE)

  51. Given recent events, I thought this was a good reminder about practicing random acts of kindness:

  52. My favourite post at the moment is Mandala drawing #2: snowflakes from Hanna really inspires me to create. Thanks for this giveaway.

  53. I agree with the Pariesiennes. Drop the iphone and respect the written word-I can’t find enough time to read.

  54. Carla Ann Simon says:

    Favorite blogpost of recent is: titled “Phoenix Rising” from a blog called Wild at Heart. I really hope I win – I am a complete Francophile! Thanks : )

  55. Jasmine1485 says:

    I’ve been feeling very crafty and sew-ish lately, so these are a couple of favourites: (She’s fantastic at refashioning, I can only hope I’ll be this good one day!) (I just finished making a patchwork bedspread, can’t wait to try making some more quilted things)

    kate1485 at hotmail dot com

  56. Ana Lara says:

    Love all about pastry: macarons, cupcakes, cookies, etc., so my recently favorite post is

  57. Payton Knight says:

    I love reading posts about makeup, fashion, and nails.

  58. I love this post because beutiful and truly text is connected with great photos…i found it accidentally, but im so happy for that, whole blog is amazing:)))

  59. Judi Roode says:

    I liked reading French Girl in Seattle: The 10 Steps to Enjoying Paris Like A Parisian!

  60. Charlotte Scotton says:

    Bakerella’s Christmas in July post ( I just love her site and I LOVE Christmas, her cake pops are just adorable. So inspirational!

  61. Karlene says:

    As a fellow mummy with kids of similar age I love this blog

  62. Emily E says:

    I love everything in designsponge, I check it every day!

  63. melissa Resnick says:

    the blog giveaway post that brought me here, cause this is awesome!!

  64. Terri P says:

    I read the blog about Napoleon and Josephine.

    Very enlightening and also very sad. He was so caught up in schoolboy lust that he missed the best part of love. As an Historian, I find it fascinating, as a woman, I find it so sad and so pointless.

    Terri P
    pr4fatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  65. My favorite right now is …. its my college roomates blog, and since we live so far apart its the best way to stay up to date with her life!

  66. heather c says:

    I liked this one:
    I’ve been thinking about homeschooling and it’s a big step! What to do!
    Great prize pack, by the way.

  67. Not sure how new it is but it is new to me: I like the memory keychains from Lisa’s Craft Blog

  68. susan smoaks says:

    here’s my favorite blog post lately

  69. sarah woods says:

    Bring on the bag and map together for the wines Thanks SW

  70. I follow the Book Journey blog and really want to read Gone Girl. Sheila posted about it here:

  71. I enjoyed your Hotel Hallways post. They really are interesting and elegant photos! Thanks for sharing!

  72. Jessica Hays says:

    My favorite blog post I just read was my sister-in-laws blog that said she is pregnant!!
    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

  73. My favorite posts have been about the olympic games and learning about the athletes.

  74. I read a post about how to make beer battered onion rings earlier.. they looked awesome and crispy.

  75. I read this the other day and found it very interesting:

  76. Veronica Garrett says:

    I read this blog-We Take The Cake Discount and Code Giveaway.