A New Year is the promise of the clean slate, plans to be made, dreams to be fulfilled. It’s with this spirit that we begin 2020 at My French Country Home!
For our first issue of the year, there was nowhere better to begin than Paris. Read on for a taster of what you can expect our January/February issue – you won’t want to miss out!
Inside My French Country Home January/February 2020
Our Ultimate Paris Guide
It’s hard to keep up with all the new places to eat and drink in Paris. Which is why have a list of favorites: time-honored classics where you know you’ll always get a smile along with a delicious meal or cocktail. Take your pick from our tried and tested Restaurants (divided into Fancy, Trendy and Traditional), Bars (Cocktail and Wine), Coffee Shops, and Bakeries and Boulangeries.
Once your tummy is sufficiently full, you’ll want to digest. Check out our top things to see and do, when it’s fine out or rain strikes (however, our Portfolio will prove that Paris is just as wonderful in the rain). Then, because it’s not a trip to Paris without a suitcase filled with souvenirs, bookmark our favorite shops on your Google Maps and shop ’til you drop. Then back to one of our hotels to rest your head.
Your perfect Paris trip, sorted.
Where to eat, drink and sleep in Paris, p90
The Parisian Bastide
There are a few houses in Paris that defy imagination. . . and we were lucky enough to see inside one. Set in the heart of the Champ-de-Mars, this former embassy has been converted into a cozy haven dedicated to relaxed living.
From its vast open kitchen, with its (English) range stove and (French) copper pans; to the spacious bedrooms, filled with plush neutral furnishings; and the pièce de la résistance, the rooftop terrace. Shrouded by the park’s lush vegetation, it’s only the tops of the Eiffel Tower and Invalides that remind you that you’re in Paris. See more of this stunning property on p18.
A country home in the heart of Paris, p18
Paris, sous la pluie !
Our latest “Portfolio” shows Paris in another natural element: the rain. Nathalie Geffroy a.k.a Nath Paris, is a French photographer especially known for her street photography snaps. We love the way she captures the city during and after a downpour. And, as the feature goes to show, you’ll never stop a true Parisian from going about their business with a spot of rain.
The Doors of Paris
Georgianna Lane and David C Phillips, the pair behind A Parisian Moment, travel through the City of Light capturing everything from architecture to flowers and historic buildings. We love their vision of simple beauty, case in point the Doors of Paris series.
For our January/February issue they take us through a visual journey through Paris’ stunning entrances and façades. Head to p39 for the piece.
Doors of Paris, p39
The Slow Living Experience
Our latest Artisans of France brand is one of our favorites. Apis Cera set out to defy the mass market candle industry with natural, hand-made beeswax candles and organic honey-based products. Not only are they non-toxic and pollution-free but they also look the bees knees on any table. Traditionally made in Provence, they are an essential for adding that French touch to your home spaces.
We thrilled to partner with them in our latest Artisans of France box, click here to shop it now.
Artisans of France offer, p70
Patisserie class from the World’s Best Pâtissier
Cédric Grolet’s star is on a meteoric rise. Named World’s Best Pâtissier thanks to his beautiful and intricate creations at Le Meurice, he opened his boulangerie, Cédric Grolet Opéra, at the end of 2019. Queues formed down the Avenue de l’Opéra, hungry to taste a bit of his magic.
My French Country Home features three of his most coveted recipes from his new book of the same name: croissants, puff pastry flans, and the decadent Saint-Honoré.
Get these special recipes, in the January-February issue now!
Recipes from Cédric Grolet, p73
Is there anything you’d like to see featured in an upcoming issue? Let us know in the comments below.