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.
As do specific forms of carbohydrate, such as croissants…
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.
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:
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.
Then we walked around looking at the French vendors and I bought two lavender sachets.
C’était une bonne journée!
Located near Capitola Village in the seaside town of Capitola is one of my favorite French shops. Petite Provence manages to transport me to the South of France, if even for just a few moments.
Their bright outdoor display beckons you in…
Bonjour! Apre vous…
Upon entering you are not disappointed! The smell of lavande greets you as you enter the bright and festive shop.
I may have to go back and get the letters to spell out bienvenue for my entry way!
If you are looking for gifts for les enfants in your life, this is a good place to start!
I told the shopkeeper that if I worked there I would never actually bring home a paycheck, having spent all my earnings on things like these earrings, because one can never have too many Eiffel Towers around.
And these canisters would look très mignon sur mon comptoir #verycuteonmycountertop
And perhaps this for my front door. It’s a good sized one, not like mignon but trop petit one I have out front now.
With all this talk of le shopping I think I need to take a nap…off to bed!
Really, this is only a small sample of what they have to offer at Petite Provence. They are primarily known for their authentic French table linens in all sizes and patterns.
Owner Veronique Evenhouse is from the South of France and sources all of her linens from France, with the help of her maman who lives in Nice.
I strongly recommend that if you are in the area you stop by for a visit – you can fortify yourself with a stop at Gayle’s Bakery beforehand for un espresso et un kouign amann. #mynewfavoritepastry
jusqu’à la prochaine fois :: until next time,