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First of all, I want to thank every one of you who entered the contest last week.  There were so many entries that I had the names of the winners within a few hours and wished I could gift you all a book!

The winners had to be in the order of the 1st, 10th, and 25th persons to contact me with their choice of book.

Contest Winners

So without further ado, here are they are:

#1 Kathryn Stearns-Brown from Oakville, Ontario | A Letter from Paris, A True Story of  Hidden Art, Lost Romance and a Family Reclaimed  by Louisa Deasey

#10 Elsa Sanchez from Hileah, Florida | Do Not Go Gentle, Go to Paris by Gail Thorell Schilling

#25 Leslie Rhinehart from Ashville, North Carolina | Waking Up In Paris, Overcoming Darkness in the City of Light by Sonia Choquette





These were the three most popular choices, but many others of you also picked My Paris (Part-time) Life by Lisa Anselmo, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard, and Paris Undressed by Kate Kemp-Griffin.

I had the overall impression from your selections and lovely emails, that many of you are so ready to go to Paris and wake up there! 

I know, me too.  But in the meantime, let’s escape into stories of PAris and France, and support these wonderful women authors.

Memoirs To Come

I want to personally thank Anne Baillie from New South Wales, Australia, who sent me a list of half-dozen other memoirs by women about France.

I will be reading those next and adding them to my BOOK Club list with my reviews.

I also heard from two authors who in the process of writing memoirs about Paris and France, and I will keep you posted about that.

In the meantime, my Book Club Page is there to peruse anytime, and will continue to grow! Just click on the link.

In Other Paris News — Bastille Day | July 14th

Tuesday is Bastille Day | La Fête Nationale or French National holiday to celebrate the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution.  There is normally the impressive traditional march of soldiers and military hardware held along the Champs-Élysées

This year will see a much smaller ceremony at the Place de la Concorde, where the parade normally ends, There will still be the flypast, and the Eiffel Tour will have fireworks with limited access to visitors.  Every year is different and the day will be dedicated to France’s tireless healthcare workers.

If I were there, I would try to watch the fireworks on an evening dinner cruise along the Seine!

What about you?

Bastille Day 2019


Paris Fashion Week July 6 to the 8th

For the first time, we were able to LIVE stream Paris Fashion week!

Gone are the runways, of course, but each designer from Chanel to Miu Miu to Balmain created videos to launch their new designs for Fall and Winter 2020/21.

The New York Times did a great job of reviewing the show and has posted the videos.  Click on this link to take a peek!

I find the clothes are a little more realistic, less dramatic than usual.  (Well, maybe Raul Mishra’s “Butterfly People” are one of the exceptions!)

Perhaps because where would we ever wear these designs with nowhere to really show them off?

First Woman Mayor of Paris Re-Elected for a Second Term

In case you missed it, Anne Hidalgo the first woman major ever elected in Paris will stay on office for another six years.  The municipal elections had been postponed from March due to the Coronavirus.

You can read about the controversial Hildalgo in a piece I did on her earlier by clicking on this link.


Victory for Hidalgo, June 28th 2020


Cheers everyone.

Have a great week.

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  1. Nancy F. on July 25, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I can’t wait to get back to Paris – reading about it makes me long for walks in the city I love. I hope to be able to connect when we can get back.

    • Diana Bishop on July 26, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Yes, that would be wonderful. I can’t think too far ahead because it still seems like such a long way off.
      But dreams are important. I am keeping mine alive every day! Diana

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