French 5 | 05.21.21 (ft. Eva of @parisbydesignco)

Welcome to the 13th edition of French 5, where I share a glimpse of France through language, places, food and drink, arts and culture, as well as a random fun fact.

In this week’s edition, lifelong Francophile and book author Eva shares some of her top picks from Paris. Make sure to also check out her book, Paris by Design!

A big thank you to Eva for participating in this interview and for the beautiful photos by Chaunté Vaughn. If you have any feedback or ideas of what you’d like to see or who should be featured, please leave your comment below.

Featuring || Eva of @sycamore_co & @parisbydesignco

I am a freelance creative director, mother of two, lifelong Francophile, travel lover, and author of Paris by Design: An Inspired Guide to the City's Creative Side. I live in the beautiful Utah mountains and I grew up listening to bedtime stories of my mom's adolescence in the Paris region, which is how I initially fell in love with France. 

01 Language || Ça va

I have so many favourite words and expressions! But I really just love the simple phrase "ça va". It rolls off the tongue so easily (in English too) and works so well in so many circumstances. 

02 Place || Parc de Belleville

I have so many favourite places in Paris, it's hard to pick just one. For today, I will say the very top of the Parc de Belleville at sunset. Such a beautiful view!

03 Food & Drink || Moroccan Flavours

Right now I am craving the fresh Moroccan flavours at Yemma. They have some pretty amazing homemade teas and lemonades, too.

04 Arts & Culture || Les Misérables (2019) and La Haine

In the past year or so I watched the movies La Haine and Les Misérables (2019). They were both incredible films and also highlight a very important part of French culture that isn't really discussed in tourist guidebooks, Francophile coffee table books, and the like.

05 Fun Fact || A little effort goes a long way

Despite their reputation, I've found that Parisians in general are actually more kind and helpful than people in some other big international cities (which shall not be named, haha.) You just have to put out a little bit of effort to learn some phrases in French. Even if you can't continue the conversation, the fact that you are trying by saying "Bonjour Madame" when you enter a store and when ordering start with "Je voudrais..." That humble effort counts for a lot and softens people up. 

Follow Friday || @girlzpop_

So many it's hard to narrow down! For right now, I will say @girlzpop_. I just found them this past year, and I love their colourful, playful take on creativity!


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