{Destination Inspiration} France

What better way to start the explorations of my wanderlust than with France?  I love…Love…LOVE France!!  My immediate thoughts of France are able to evoke all the senses… the smell of croissants baking, the sounds of Edith Piaf, the taste of fresh cheese and bread, the sight of the Eiffel Tower or a stereotypical rustic French village… I could go on and on and on.  Instead, let me show you a few things that might just bring out your inner francophile!


These are my favey French reads:

  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  • The Olive Farm by Carol Drinkwater
  • A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
  • Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach.
  • My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud-homme.
  • French Feasts by Stephane Reynaud (I can’t be the only one that has a cookbook or two on my bedside table!)
  • … and although I haven’t read it, I have ordered A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway from my library… so that’ll be bedtime reading for a little while.

Check out the Adventurer’s Bookshelf for more information on each of these books.


  • Edith Piaf (the ultimate to evoke French wist)
  • Carla Bruni (who knew the French First Lady could sing?!)
  • Jazz in Paris series by Verve Music Group (this series chronicles the ‘ongoing love affair’ between American Jazz Musicians & Paris… there is something about Jazz & Paris that goes hand in hand)
  • Thomas Pradeau (modern French pop)


Escape to France for a couple of hours with:

  • Julie & Julia
  • Amelie
  • La vie en Rose
  • French Kiss
  • Chocolat

Check out the Adventurer’s Bookshelf for more information on each of these movies.


It is an indisputable fact that French cuisine is super-dooper de-looper yummy… here are a few of the recipes that I think of as iconic French…. Pair these with a nice bottle of French wine and some French tunes on the stereo and say hello to a Perfect Evening!


These are a few of my favey images… all collated on pinterest… so I have linked to the original pins.

  • There are so many amazing photos of the Eiffel Tower, this is just one of my favourites.
  • Lavender Fields
  • I’m desperate to go to Giverny
  • Colmar, Alsace
  • I would like to hijack this van.
  • Paris in the Spring
  • Rustic Provence
  • … and I think this must be one of the most magical places in the world!


World Wide Web

And if that’s not enough, you could spend every spare minute surfing the net:

If you want more, you can also check out my dedicated pinterest board Viva La France!







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6 Responses to “{Destination Inspiration} France”

  1. June 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm, kate said:

    In my dreams of France I transport myself to a place where the lost generation are hanging out riverside. I had to add a few thoughts- I just ordered a book called: The Paris Wife– where the author writes in first person about being Hemingway’s first wife and their exploits on the left bank. I love to read the American “Lost Generation” authors- it was my emphasis in literature, (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Zelda etc) and a ton of what they wrote was while they were living in Paris! Another famous “left bank” book is The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokalis –written by her wife: Gertrude Stein.

    ALso– who but the French would be cool enough to make an old train station into a art museum. http://www.aviewoncities.com/paris/garedorsay.htm If only we could see a collection like that every day- imagine the constant inspiration.

    Viva la France! -k


    • June 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm, Hana said:

      Hey Kate, you are so right, the French are just cool! I am looking forward to reading these ‘Lost Generation’ authors as you call them – it seemed like such an iconic age to be in Paris – like all that cool just happened to be in one place at one time! I am working on a post detailing my Fantasy Trip to France which I will publish next week. Musee d’Orsay was one of my favourite places to visit when I was there in 2007 and it’ll be in my Fantasy Trip details… you are so right – it is total inspiration overload! H xo


  2. June 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm, Sarah said:

    Hi Hana,

    I found your site from the list on Facebook about Hot Dates! I love it. It’s so cheerful and inspiring. It makes me smile just to be on it. Thank you!



    • June 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks so much for your comment – I am so glad you like my little corner of the web… knowing that has made me smile too! H xo


  3. June 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm, Pat said:

    Hey Hana, 2 weeks and we are there! my friends we are staying with for a week sent me William Black’s “Plats du Jour”, as a taster for the week we are with them, they say they are taking us on a foodie journey…… I will think of you as we move through the Villages and fields and try to take pickies of things you may appreciate. Hugs, Pat


    • June 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Pat, that sounds wonderful. If possible, I’d love to borrow the book once you return – I just did a quick search and the library doesn’t have a copy – sounds like it would be right up my alley though! I’m sure you guys will have an amazing time and can’t wait to hear all about it. H xo


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