A Day At The French Fair :: Une journée à la foire française

I have a confession to make. I have a bad case of Francophilia.

In reality, it’s not as bad as it sounds, and I am able to manage it quite easily.

Sure, it flairs up from time to time, but it’s easy to treat the symptoms. Champagne helps.

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As do specific forms of carbohydrate, such as croissants

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…or baguettes. 

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Or, if the chance presents itself, a trip to La Belle France, bien sūr. 

 

Today, we fed my craving with a trip to the French Fair in Palo Alto.

 

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We rode over on the motorcycle and it was a little hectic finding parking, but we managed!

The first thing we saw were some French cars:

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Then we made our way through the crowds and waited in line for quite a while to get some food. We figured our mood – and patience – would improve if we ate.

We had some delicious and authentique sandwiches.

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Then we walked around looking at the French vendors and I bought two lavender sachets.

 

C’était une bonne journée!

 

à bientôt!

 

Local French Finds: Wisteria Antiques

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Every once in a while you come across a spot so special you just have to share it with the world. Wisteria is one of those spots for me, and I think you, my fellow francophiles, will love it too!

I’ve lived in Santa Cruz County for most of my life and it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I finally made it into the shop. It’s totally nondescript and the location is such that half the time you pass it going the opposite direction and there is no easy turn into the parking lot.

But when you do? It is absolument worth it.

Wisteria antiques gives me my French fix everytime, without fail :: à coup sûr. 

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The paved path brings you into a courtyard with a small country house on the right. When you enter the house it is like stepping into a French country kitchen and I just love it!

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Already there is so much to look at and explore. Over the years I have purchased some adorable red and white bowls and am always tempted by the bee glasses!

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Every inch of space in the house is filled with tempting French knick knacks, linens, candles, artwork, furnishings, and books.

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I would happily just move right in!

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I mean, champagne in bed…who could resist?

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Beyond the main house, there are two more buildings filled to the brim with larger pieces of furniture – armoires, settees, and the like. I love to take my time and thumb through every book, explore every nook, and daydream…

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There is an aviary with doves and fountains, flowers, plants, shrubs, and bistro table sets to covet.

I often wish I could bring a picnic and sit outside for an afternoon, sketching or watercoloring. #notsuretheydletme

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I highly recommend you stop by this delightful shop and oasis the next time you are in town – or passing through. It is worth the stop, for sure!

Wisteria Antiques is located at 5870 Soquel Drive in Soquel, California. It is easy to get to off of Highway 1. Call for hours and directions: 831.462.2900

Until next time :: jusqu’à la prochaine fois, 

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Hello Old Friends :: Bonjour Vieux Amis

deux choses :: two things

  1. WordPress says it has been FIVE MONTHS since my last post here.

How can that be true? I am ashamed! Please accept my deep apologies. Here I am asking you to follow on this fun francophile journey with me and then I just disappear.

Je suis vraiment désolé. 

I have been spending more time on my Dreams in French Facebook page, which you can like and follow here: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinfrench/.

2. Coincidentally, as I signed in to write this post WordPress told me that I launched this page one year ago!

So not only do I say:

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I also say:

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Please stay tuned as I will begin to post again and get this blog up and running! I have so many fun French shops to share, bakeries and croissants to taste and review and books to give away!

Thank you for reading :: Merci d’avoir lu!

A bientôt,

Jessica