Joie de Vivre – meaning – “Zest for Life”
The French people embody this spirit everywhere from the city of Paris to the beautiful beaches
of the Cote d’Azur – you can find it too…..
Give this Spotify playlist a listen and you will be whisked to the streets of France. C'est Bon!
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A Good Year
Russell Crowe’s stressed out financier character trades the daily grind of the London Stock Exchange for a more peaceful existence when he finds love and happiness in the arms of Marion Cotillard in beautiful Provence.
Adorable Meg Ryan and a down-on-his-luck Frenchman Kevin Kline (accent is pretty authentic!) fall in love as they chase her ex-fiancé from Paris to the French Riviera – pretty magnifique!
The Longest Day
What a privilege it was to finally set foot on the Normandy Battlefields where so many of my father’s generation sacrificed their lives for us! That movie is an absolute MUST for anyone wanting to visit those D Day sites. It was really touching when my wheelchair bound father was able to revisit this area 52 years later aboard the beautiful Sea Cloud II (Lindblad).
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Midnight in Paris
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.
An American In Paris
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.
La Piscine - (The Swimming Pool) in 1969.
La Piscine was a movie with Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Jane Birkin. This classic tells the story of a couple in St Tropez, Jean-Paul and Marianne, who are visited by another man, Harry and his teenage daughter, Penelope. During the course of their stay it becomes clear that Harry is a former lover of Marianne and they begin to rekindle a relationship. Meanwhile Jean-Paul and the teenage daughter spend a day at the beach and become romantically close. The drama reaches a conclusion when both men find out.The film was released in English and French and became a cult classic
Chocolat- Joanne Harris
The Count of Monte Cristo -Alexander Dumas
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemmingway