Je suis Charlie

We are very saddened by the events that recently took place in Paris. It touched France deeply, as most of us who grew up there are familiar with Charlie Hebdo. One of the victims, Cabu, has been a popular cartoonist for over 50 years, and generations of French people have been entertained by his particular brand of humor. We extend our sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and hope this senseless act will never happen again. It was wonderful to see over three million people assemble in Paris, we wish we could have been there. We are all Charlie!

–Jean-Michel Carlouet

Advertisements

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.

2-France-Fete-des-Sorcieres-witch-festival-getintravel-blog

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

pumpkin-sweets-cannes-allaboutgem-blog

pumpkin-mushroom-sweets-cannes-allaboutgem-blog

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

pumpkin-farm-busyasabeeinparis-blog

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

parisatacertainage-blog-costume

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

Halloween-in-Paris-avenuestory-blog

Jack o’lantern, Eiffel Tower. From avenuestory.com

Halloween-en-France-thetravelerscollection-blog

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

halloween-eiffel-witch-paris-france-jimlepariser-blog

Witch, pumpkins, Eiffel Tower. From jimlepariser.fr

Chocolate Halloween2-lepetitfrance-blog

Pumpkin-shaped candies. From Le Petit France.

We are so excited about this colorful new collection from France and thrilled to share pictures with you! These table and home items are fun, easy additions for your home, and make charming gifts as well. Click any of the photos to view more information on I Dream of France.

As always, ground shipping is free for orders of $75 or more! No coupon code required. For faster shipping, or for destinations outside the USA and Canada, please inquire for shipping charges at 1-888-96-FRANCE or bonjour@idreamoffrance.com.

Paris Ceramic Mug

This fun ceramic mug will let you escape to the City of Lights any time you are having coffee or tea!

Paris Ceramic Mug

 

Paris Tall Glass

This fun drinking glass is five inches tall and ready for your favorite drink.
Paris Tall Glass

 

Paris Melamine Lunch/Dessert Plate

Eight inch lunch/dessert plate is a smaller size for casual dining and made of melamine for easy care and durability.
Paris Melamine Lunch/Dessert Plate

 

Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

This adorable set is perfect for your table, and comes in a beautiful box for gift-giving. (Our tip: buy two!) Sel means salt, and poivre means pepper.

Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

Paris Coconut Fiber Doormat

Everyone who comes to your door will know your heart belongs in Paris.
Paris Coconut Fiber Doormat

 

Coming soon to I Dream of France…buttons and appliques!

Paris Button Pack

Paris Button Pack

Sunflower Buttons

Sunflower Buttons

Fleur de Lys Button Card

Fleur de Lys Button Card

Bee Appliques

Bee Appliques

Bunny Applique

Bunny Applique

Sunflower Applique

Sunflower Appliques

These adorable buttons and appliques are made by Blumenthal and Lansing, an American designer and manufacturer that has been in operation since 1877. We’ll keep you posted when we have them up for sale, probably next week. Get your scissors and thread ready!

–Brett

Paris Fireworks

Paris Fireworks

Bonne Année! Happy New Year!

I just came across a terrific calendar you can download from Etsy.com 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

–Brett

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

–Brett

All of a sudden, we hear people talking about macarons everywhere! Three different shelter magazines mentioned macarons in their September issues. Veranda and Elle Decor announced the opening of a Ladurée patisserie in New York City. Ladurée is a a Paris institution dating from 1862, famously making macarons and other pastries for many years. They are credited with inventing the macaron. Even their pastel boxes and shopping bags are collected by fans.

Laduree Macarons

Laduree Macarons

Better Homes and Gardens magazine lists websites where you can order macarons made by other companies in the United States.

But what is a macaron? It is a sweet confection made of two soft meringue-like cakes sandwiching a frosting filling. Macarons are made in many different flavors, such as strawberry, chocolate, caramel, and pistachio. They are slightly chewy but very light in texture A macaron is nothing like the coconut cookies called “macaroons,” but is like a distant Continental cousin to the American whoopie pie.

Laduree Strawberry Macarons Stacked

Laduree Strawberry Macarons Stacked

On the other hand…Jean-Michel and other residents of the Poitou region (about three hours southwest of Paris) claim to have the real macaron. Recipes dating to the 16th-century Medicis family describe a macaron as a one-piece confection made with ground almonds, sugar, eggs, and salt. If you visit Poitiers, be ready to try the “real” macarons!

Although we sell candies and cookies at I Dream of France, we do not currently offer macarons. We do, however, have beautiful kitchen towels decorated with macarons. Click any of the photos below to view them on our website.

Coucke Terry Square Kitchen Towel - Macarons

Coucke Terry Square Kitchen Towel - Macarons

Coucke Macarons Jacquard Dish Towel

Coucke Macarons Jacquard Dish Towel

Sweet Dreams!

–Brett