In my last post I introduced you to my new blog friend and fellow lover of all things french and English. French Pemberley. I thought I would give you a little background as to why I enjoy and appreciate french and English design, literature, lifestyles, architecture, art, furniture etc.
My love of all things french began when I had french classes in elementary school, which I continued on through high school. I even considered majoring in French in college but decided not to. I had always dreamed of visiting Europe and, finally, in the mid 90’s when I worked for a travel agency, I got the opportunity to take a tour of London and Paris. That trip forever changed me–it awakened a fascination with European history and culture that I did not know I had. Just standing where people stood 400, 600, even 1000 years ago is so transformative. Since then, I have been back to France 6 times, including Paris (of course), the Loire Valley, Normandy, and a 10-day trip to Provence. Here is a list of my french and English favorites. Are any of these your favorites as well?
To begin with, I am an avid reader of European history, especially the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. My favorite authors are Alison Weir (The Life of Elizabeth I; The Princes in the Tower) and Antonia Fraser (Marie Antoinette). Other favorites:
Of course, the beautiful lines of both British and French furniture can be found on my site. Would love to hear your thoughts on French and English design, literature and your travels.