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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Have you tried Google’s free directory assistance service? I Dream of France is listed under “gift shop” in Tustin. To try it, call (800) GOOG-411 and say “gift shop tustin” or “I dream of France” (when it asks you for the city, say “Tustin California”).

Google’s 411 and How-To Video

Google Favorite Place - I Dream of France

Google Favorite Place - I Dream of France

–Brett

This is very exciting: we received a letter from Google yesterday saying that I Dream of France was chosen to be one of Google’s Favorite Places! They sent us a window decal with a QR bar code that can be scanned with a smartphone camera.  If you have a smartphone, stop by and try it.  Scanning the code pulls up a mobile version of  our Place Page. (You’ll need to download an app for your phone that reads QR bar codes. We tested it using Barcode Scanner v. 3.31 on a Motorola Droid.)

Google chose us based on the number of times people found our business listing and clicked on it for more information. Fewer than 250,000 businesses across the United States were chosen as a Favorite Place and sent a QR bar code. Merci beaucoup to everyone who has looked us up!

Google Favorite Place - I Dream of France - QR Bar Code in Lower Right Corner

Google Favorite Place - I Dream of France - QR Bar Code in Lower Right Corner