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Monday, February 16, 2009

J'aime Tout Ce Qui est Francais! (I Love All Things French!)

Most of you reading thins are thinking "Duh Ann Marie...geez". However, this post is to participate in Rhondamum's French Day! I stumbled on her blog somehow last week, and she seems a kindred French spirit!



My collection of French things is varied, and so I have included a few of my favorite things I have collected and a few of my favorite things about France!


One of my truly prized possessions is an autographed copy of Mastering The Art of French Cooking, signed by both Julia and Paul Childs! I scored this jewel in my grandmother's antique store, probably about 10 years ago. I might have paid $10 for it. Shown here is my beloved trio of Julia's French cooking masterpieces: Mastering The Art of French cooking Volumes 1 and 2, and The French Chef Cookbook, taken from her TV show by the same name. While Julia herself was not French, she did indeed master the art, and science, of French cuisine and paved the way for women chefs!


Whoever Ruth Engles was was lucky indeed to have met the Childs! I so wish I could've met Julia before she passed!



This is still one of my favourite photos of Scott and I! I cannot tell you how excited I was to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time! I was giddy like a little girl! We went to the top at night, so we could see the entire city shining below us. This picture was taken the morning we left Paris. Before we caught the Eurostar back to London, I just had to go back! It was one of those classic, misty, drizzly, Paris mornings. The kind of look that I thought only existed in films. Perfect.







While in Paris, we visited the Louvre, fairly running through exhibits to see the highlights. Next time, we will build in a week to visit just the Louvre! My favourite in the vast collection was the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Though she is headless and armless, she bears what I consider the perfect female form, graceful and flowing, even in marble. She was created by an unknown sculptor during the Hellenistic period.


4 comments:

Rhondamum said...

I am so happy to meet you! You are right, we are kindred spirits. I also went to the top of the Eiffel tower at night, and the sway made me nervous. And then, I traveled back to London on the Eurostar as well. I just couldn't believe I was standing in front of the Eiffel tower, and the size of it was unbelievable. I can't wait until the day my husband can go there with me and understand the magnificence of it. Thank you for sharing your pictures and participating in my event. I look forward to knowing you better and visiting again soon! Rhonda...

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lucky ducky you are to own such an amazing book.

Robin said...

Bonjour Ann Marie....
I love Julia Child! What a wonderful find!!
And such lovely photos! I wish I could take such nice photos. All my photos always come out so terrible. One day I shall take a class......
Have a beautiful day
xoxo

Joy said...

Your photos are breathtaking! And how lucky to have the Julia Child memento!