Feeling French

Lately I’ve been feeling French. Dottie’s and my planned trip there this fall has been on both our minds and I’m afraid I’m somewhat obsessed. These past few days I’ve been listening to French radio, watching French films, reading French websites and even reading French novels (Stendhal and Nothumb, a balance of classic and modern).

So it goes without saying that I have been riding my French bike.

This morning we took a ride to pick up French bread and cheese (sadly, not French) to bring to an Oscar party. Anyone have any tips before I turn in my Oscar ballot?

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21 thoughts on “Feeling French

  1. No Oscar tips, but that outfit + bike ensemble est magnifique, absolutement!

    Quand partez-vous? à Paris, ou ailleurs?

    Okay I will stop now : )

  2. Dottie says:

    You and Le Peug look fabulously chic together.

    Some of your French is rubbing off on me: I’m now obsessed with the Charlotte Gainsbourg album and just finished the little French novel I mentioned yesterday. Paris, Paris, Paris.

    As for the Oscars – The Hurt Locker for best director. That’s all I know.

  3. Sigrid says:

    Oh how exciting! I have travel envy.

    To help get you prepared…

    Just a few recent viewings of mine:
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    Cleo from 5 to 7
    Marie Antonette (yes the one with Kirsten Dunst)
    and of course…Paris, je t’aime
    And the always amazing – The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

    Some reading…
    Paris to the Moon
    Suite Francaise
    My Life in France
    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
    Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong
    French Women Don’t Get Fat (yes I read it)
    anything by Peter Mayle

    may have to send you an e-mail…
    happy prepping!!
    you are looking very French already.

  4. Emma J says:

    Will you take Le Peugeot with you (home to visit the cousins)? Because you will of course bike while there?

    Someday, someday! – I will be enjoying your trip vicariously when you post this fall.

    Another very lovely, very French novel: Le Grand Meaulnes.

  5. John Nelson says:

    Oh were the Oscars tonight?
    paris to the moon was good. Cat who went to Paris… oh man people are going to think i’m a cat freak.
    Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris probably won’t help your French but it’s funny.
    And my favorite: A Movable Feast by Hemingway. Unbelievably Some of the cafes and bars as he described them from the 20s are still there.

  6. nowhere says:

    Being easily suggestible I’m off to listen to some Django Reinhardt now…

  7. Trisha says:

    Love the suggestions! The essays on learning French in Me Talk Pretty One Day are some of the funniest things I’ve read, ever, and Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly are fantastic. Read/seen some of the others too but there are many great ideas here. A Moveable Feast and the French work Emma mentions are going on this list — unfortunately there’s a while to go before our trip.

    Yay Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker!

  8. philippe says:

    Eh, I can help !
    A couple of suggestions

    Music :
    Radio Nova
    Ouï FM

    And, of course, lots of stuff on Deezer.

    Book – In the news : Modiano is just releasing a new novel. If you don’t know him, you may give it a try.
    This year Prix Goncourt, Marie NDiaye. Check out.

    And a detective novel by Fred Vargas.

    Movies – In the last 12 months :
    Un Prophète is really good.
    Welcome was pretty strong.

    And there was that huge Tati exhibit in Paris in 2009, that was a real hit. Tati is awesome.

    A final note : We love foreign music, books and movies. Especialy american. American art = French as Crêpes suzettes…

  9. philippe says:

    Since this blog is about style and bikes and women… A very stylish (and hot) Bernadette Lafont in Les Mistons.

  10. Je suis si jalouse que vous allez en France en automne ! Mangez des baguettes pour moi ! Et si c’est possible, rentrez aux Etats avec beaucoup de photos de bicyclettes en France.

    A quelles villes est-ce que vous allez ?

  11. Dave says:

    Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a great film. I really want to get Charlotte Gainsbourg’s latest album too, co-written and produced by Beck.

    Of course, this all reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuXdhow3uqQ

    We’re hoping for a trip to Lithuania and the Netherlands in early autumn, so we’ll think of you in nearby France :)

    While I don’t know much French, I can say with confidence, “Je ne suis pas du fromage!” :)

    Have fun planning and preparing for your trip! That’s half the excitement :)

  12. Trisha says:

    @Dave, the new Gainsboug is fantastic; not much French on it though. The Conchords vid is a classic. Hope you have a great time in the Netherlands!

  13. Dave says:

    If you want some more French film to watch, I highly recommend Delicatessen, if you haven’t seen it :) For French reading, Antoine de Saint-Exupery is maybe my single favorite author in the entire world. Beautiful stuff (though I haven’t read it in French, only English translations).

    I will make sure to get the new Gainsbourg in the near future, thanks! :)

  14. anna says:

    Cool, you’re going to France! I’ll be in Paris in the second half of August. Any chance of meeting you there? (ok, it’s not yet fall then, I admit)

  15. Hayley says:

    On a decidedly un-french topic… how is that mixtie with a skirt? I’ve been thinking of getting a custom mixtie done so I can ride more easily in my more girlie outfits, but I worry the top tube is still not low enough… thoughts?

  16. Sigrid says:

    good call on the Foux Du FaFa Dave!

  17. meligrosa says:

    that is because french bikes rock!!!!!
    xo- looking super cute trish! <3 m

  18. Lady Vélo says:

    Very chic look indeed! Your outfit is adorable – all works so well!

    Lady Vélo.

  19. Miss Sarah says:


    So jealous! The several times I have gone to Paris/France it has all been pre-velib. Canada has two official languages and French is one of them. It’s so super nice to be able to go over there and shake off the cobwebs in the linguistic department.

    If you ever want to visit Canada, Quebec City is really charming and Montreal is fun fun fun too.

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