French Travel

 Champagne vineyards in Mailly-Champagne near Reims, eastern France. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

Champagne vineyards in Mailly-Champagne near Reims, eastern France. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

This week, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee approved the vineyards of Burgundy and the Champagne region of France as World Heritage Sites. They noted the regions’ unique soil types and fermentation methods. France now boasts 41 sites on the Heritage list, including the Saint-Emilion vineyards in Bordeaux. We’ll toast to that!


Corks fly as Champagne, Burgundy win UNESCO status / France24

Unesco grants champagne industry world heritage status / The Guardian

The French have their own unique, stylish ways of celebrating Halloween traditions. Here are some Halloween photos we found in the blogosphere from different regions of France.


Witches’ Festivals take place in small towns all over France, inspired by the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries. From



Pumpkin- and mushroom-shaped candies and chocolates in Cannes. From


Pumpkin stand. From the Busy as a Bee in Paris blog.


Paris costume shop, from the blog Paris at a Certain Age. The shop name Au Fou Rire means “laugh out loud!”


Jack o’lantern, Eiffel Tower. From


Fine wines, cheeses. (What else does one need?) From The Travelers Collection blog.


Witch, pumpkins, Eiffel Tower. From

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Pumpkin-shaped candies. From Le Petit France.

Paris Christmas lights on the Champs Elysées, Galeries Lafyette and Printemps.

Check out this travel blog and feast your eyes on the beautiful Parisian lights! You will feel as if you are walking through Paris at night.


Trick or Treat!

FREE trick or treating in Old Town Tustin on Halloween, this Wednesday! Put on costumes and come to our neighborhood after school from 3:00-5:00, and trick or treat with the restaurants and shops. Hundreds of people come every year. It’s a fun time to visit and people-watch.

Old Town Tustin centers around the intersection of Main and El Camino Real with lots of free parking around the neighborhood. Google Maps Link

Here are some photos from last year…

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme at Old Town Flooring.

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie's Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel poses with Miss Bobbie at Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe.

France Today Magazine

NEW this month and available in-store only! I Dream of France now offers France Today magazine. Written in English, France Today is full of articles about French travel, food & wine, culture, design, shopping, real estate and much more. Each issue also includes the TV5MONDE listings (US cable/satellite channel of French programming).

We also offer Edible Orange County magazine for more articles about food, art, and Southern California culture. The Fall 2012 issue is all about chocolate!


Paris Fireworks

Paris Fireworks

Bonne Année! Happy New Year!

I just came across a terrific calendar you can download from that has many photos of Paris and happens to be free. The calendar was made by the owner of the Magalerie Etsy shop. (We are not connected in any way. I just think her calendar is cool.)

Free Calendar PDF Download from Magalerie


Fans of Parisian apartments, pick up the October issue of Architectural Digest and feast your eyes! Tour through text and photos the apartment belonging to Anne McNally is the Marais district (specifically, the Place des Vosges). Nearby is the house where Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables. The building dates to the 1600s, and the apartment’s interiors (paneling, doors, marble fireplaces, and so on) go back to the 1700s.  The decor is described as “meaningful possessions, impeccable fabrics and colors, not too much of anything.” Sounds like an ideal combination to me. Special pieces include custom furniture made  by Julian Schnabel, an Aubusson rug, and Louis XVI chairs.

Anne McNally's  Paris Apartment  -- Living Room -- Photography by William Waldron

Anne McNally's Paris Apartment -- Living Room -- Photography by William Waldron for Architectural Digest


Have you heard about the Google Art Project? Google asked museums around to world to let them photograph their buildings and collections to put online for everyone to view. The museums chose which works to show (some are blurred for copyright protection) and Google did the rest. The absolutely amazing result is that people anywhere and everywhere can discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. See the 200-foot-long Hall of Mirrors online, no plane ticket or trip through TSA required.

versailles hall of mirrors

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

On a related note, our building (The Cox Market Plaza in Old Town Tustin) and boutique interior were recently photographed by Google for our place page. The Google photographer took lots of pictures of our shop, which should be online in a few weeks. I guess we got the same treatment as Versailles!

I Dream of France After Dark

I Dream of France After Dark

–Brett & Jean-Michel

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