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Paris in July, 2023

It is this time of the year again, the much anticipated meeting point of Paris in July. Hosted by Tamara @Thyme-for-Tea during the last years. This year Tamara has no time, and Emma at Words and Peace kindly has taken over this year, for which we are grateful. Thank you Emma. Emma has also created a beautiful cover image to go with our posts.

What is it all about?

From Emma's website (see link above) we get the following information:

"I’m Emma, from Dijon, Burgundy, France, but have been living around Chicago for over 20 years. I have been blogging here for almost 13 years, often highlighting books set in France or written by French authors. So it kind of makes sense that I would help you, eager participants into this yearly event, to keep visisting your favorite city in July!


Let’s try something different:

  • you will add all your links thanks to the widget on this page every week

  • then on this same page, I will list your posts by theme: books, movies, cooking, etc. I think it will be easier for all to use as a resource

  • there will be a couple gifts at the end of the month!

Feel free to share your page on social media with the hashtag #parisinjuly2023. I’m also preparing a special BINGO game, if there’s some interest."

There might be a few new items on the agenda this year. Looking forward to seeing what Emma is coming up with.

My plans for the month

I have not really had time to plan anything this year. I usually do a French dinner, but will not have time this year. I will look for French films/tv-series and listen to French music.

I took a look at my book shelves to see if I have anything, not read, connected to Paris and France. To my surprise I have nine books that I could read this month. They are:

  • The Pursuit of Glory - The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe 1648-1815 by Tim Banning - I can at least read about the French revolution.

  • Axel von Fersen and Queen Marie-Antoinette by Margareta Beckman - a Swedish nonfiction of the love affair between the two. I think it will include new research and findings.

  • Notre-Dame de Paris/The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo - I actually read this book in June, but will write about it in July.

  • Hemingway, The Paris Years by Michael Reynolds - I have this for some time and each year decide to read it for Paris in July. Will it happen this year?

  • The Red and the Black by Stendahl - a classic I wanted to read for a long time. The text in the physical book I have is very small, but I have an e-book version, so can go for that one.

  • Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig - his take on the Austrian princess turned queen. I have already started this one, and it would be good to finish it this year.

  • Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc

  • Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar by Jules Verne

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Let's see how far I have come at the end of the month.

Hope to see you in Paris in July. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to this year.

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