Archive for August, 2013

Labor Day Sale of French Gifts

August 29, 2013 @ 4:48 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Paris poupee

Relaxing with her friends!

 

20 % OFF ALL BOUTIQUE ITEMS          FREE SHIPPING

Voila!  LuxeEuro celebrates Labor Day with 20% off and free shipping in the U.S. for all items in the “Toys in the Attic”  Choose from serendipity Cerri’Art Poupee dolls and chairs from Paris – fun, whimsical and highly collectible!  These rare jewels are a joy to own and add warmth to any corner of any room.  And it is never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping..

Other sale items include:

Hand-crafted artisan jewelry from Paris and Provence    – for yourself, your friend … or your favorite aunt!

Paris France

Fabulous Poupee chair!

European collection of note cards and prints  –      a very nice gift for friends or employees!

To enjoy your savings, simply contact info@luxeeuro.com, so they can change the BuyNow price to reflect your savings.  As soon as are notified of the change by return e-mail, you can complete your purchase without delay …. while enjoying 20% savings and free shipping in the United States.

Happy Labor Day and Happy Shopping!

 

 

Memories from the South of France

August 24, 2013 @ 9:32 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Cote d'Azur

Captivating colors of Bandol

I just read another posting from a blog I really enjoy – Belle Provence Travels.   I wouldn’t want you to think me petty or unkind, but sometimes I fight the urge to detest someone who not only is able to be spending the summer…or a lifetime…in the South of France, but who has the audacity to share her joyful existence.

I bow to her, though, as she shares “Postcards from a South of France Summer”.  She posts wonderful photos from Bandol and Antibes, Toulon and Le Castellet.  Foolish little jealousy aside, I really enjoyed her article, in part because it reminded me of a long ago trip with my daughter.

When Jennifer was a relative newlywed, my Christmas gift to her was a book about villages in France and an airline ticket to accompany me to France in March of 2000.  Naturally, I had cleared the date and trip with her husband.  After a week of visiting with my best friend in Paris, we booked the TGV and a rental car to spend the weekend in Provence.

As a little background, I might add that this was only my third trip to France, which didn’t exactly make me a seasoned tour guide.  My French also was limited but somehow managed to pave the way through many circumstances without irreparable harm.  Fortunately for both of us, those limitations had no effect whatsoever on our ‘joie de vivre’ embrace of this trip together.

Bloody Mary's in Bandol France

The wine antidote

And, circling back to the Postcards article, I was especially reminded of our time in Bandol and Antibes.  We had spent the previous night in Aix-en-Provence, where we enjoyed wandering along the fabulous Cours Mirabeau, picking out a lovely café for dinner and sharing a good deal of delightful French wine.Cut to our arrival for lunch in Bandol the next day, and I admit to our feeling a bit sluggish.  I managed to pull out my little French language bag of tricks to order us deux “Sangre de Maria?”  Oui, the waiter smiled.  He knew of Bloody Mary’s, and they accompanied our pizza and salad on a sunny terrace near the water’s edge.

Cote d'Azur France

Lifetime memories in Bandol

Vastly improved by our nice lunch and medicinal drinks, we took to the seaside boulevard to enjoy the open-air market.  A colorful mix of French artisan products and Italian knits and handicrafts lined the port, while boats bobbed in the bay behind the vendors.

American mother and daughter wandering about the Cote d’Azur were entirely captivated.  We purchased Provencal baskets and soaps, and my daughter – ever the spot-on fashionista – bought a vibrant, sleeveless Italian knit – goldenrod yellow, as I recall.

French Riviera

Artisan soaps by the Bandol port

We were soon to head further east along the coast to spend some of our most memorable times entirely in awe of the beauty of France.  But those memories of Bandol, of Le Lavandou and Antibes are so, so precious.  And just last night, I served rolls from one of those colorful baskets we purchased.

If you ever wanted to give an ideal gift to one you love, you could not go wrong in sharing a destination that will provide lifelong memories.  And my thanks to my dear daughter for being such an exceptional, fearless, try-anything travel companion!

 

We’d love to hear from you!  swsheridan@francedailyphoto.com

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Normandy’s Plus Beaux Beuvron-en-Auge

August 18, 2013 @ 11:11 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Basse Normandy France

Beuvron’s half-timbered houses

Oui – yet another Les Plus Beaux Villages de France   (The most beautiful villages of France).   Up in the Basse-Normandie region of northwestern France, Beuvron-en-Auge is just a couple of hours … but a world apart … from Paris.  Comfortably situated between the sea and countryside, this charmingly beautiful village seems like a stage setting with half-timbered 17th century houses, a lovely old inn from the 1700’s, the authentically Normand Church San Marino and a very beautiful Manor House.

Flower boxes dress the sparkling windows and open spaces, and quaint, colorful signs show the way to the local patisserie or epicerie or brocante.  They celebrate all kinds of things in Beuvron – geraniums and cider and an exotic dessert rice pudding called tergoule; and they have a central location, where many farm products are offered.

Normandy France

Tasteful signs of many colors

Doesn’t it make you wonder how this small community of less than 500 people should gain the esteemed “Most Beautiful Village” designation?  Well, let’s see exactly how that comes to be.

Of the more than 32,000 villages that have shaped the French countryside over time, there are currently 157 villages that share membership in the association.  These are the special places with a passion to reveal the quality of their distinct heritage – their history, land, culture and people.

Three requirements must be met, before the four-stage process of selecting

Michelin-star restaurant

Pave d’Auge Normandy cuisine

villages.  The village population must not exceed 2,000.  The village must include at least two protected areas of legendary, picturesque, scientific, artistic or historic interest.  Finally, the decision to apply for admission must be taken by the town council.  Once those requirements are fulfilled, four stages form the selection process:

1.            Evaluation of a village’s application

2.            On-site evaluation

3.            Quality Committee

4.            Quality Charter

A former stronghold of the Harcourt family, Beuvron easily fits the picturesque requirements, with brick and half-timbered buildings and country homes scattered about the landscape.

The village is on the Cider Route and on the Cheese Route; and the Place de la Halle (Market Square) is now home to the inviting Pave d’Auge Normandy restaurant, where Michelin-star menus and regional gastronomy augment the exposed beams and timberwork of the old covered market.

Hmmm….shall we order the Saint-Jacques dans un bouillon de cidre or a savory soufflé?  Naturally a glass of vin de pays du Calvados will accompany our meal.

By the way, the Pave d’Auge is a bed and breakfast; so if you are inclined to absorb the lovely Normandy countryside, stay a while with Sophie and her husband.

We’d love to hear from you!  swsheridan@francedailyphoto.com

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