Solaner has very kindly nominated chaumierelesiris for the Versatile Blogger Award. This is a kind of chain-letter award, where bloggers nominate other bloggers, following the award rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I’ve been meaning for a while to create a list of some of the France-related blogs I keep an eye on, and this has provided a reason to do just that.

My French Country Home–Exactly what it says on the tin. Life in a French country home, with a focus on interior design and shopping at brocantes. Opportunities to buy from the owner’s shabby chic boutique or even go brocante shopping with her. Warning: jealousy-inducing lifestyle alert.

Paris Déjà Vu–An American writer on parenting and shopping in Paris

The French Market Maven–if you’re not close enough to shop in these markets, second best is to browse through mouth-watering pictures of market offerings around France

French Mamma–All you ever wanted to know about having a baby in French. Except, finding a partner. For which, there’s…

BritChickParis—Blogs at the Huffington Post UK about the highs and lows of Parisian life

My French Heaven–Professional hotelier Stéphane blogs eloquently on the subject of French body & soul food. An inspiration.

Hip Paris–Do not even think about visiting Paris without getting the inside scoop here first. With brilliant illustrations by Baudade.

Living the Sweet Life in Paris–The blog we all want to write and the food we all want to eat, from David Lebovitz. The Paris Pastry app is tempting.

A Woman’s Paris–On French style and taste.

From Koegas to Paris–A South African family relocates to France

Buxton’s Blog–British travel writer and wine critic Nigel Buxton replublishes “work which I think deserves a second lease of life”. He’s right: it does.

The Displaced Nation–Not just about France, but a vibrant collaborative blog written by and for global voyagers.

Free Range Kids–Also not about France, but an attitude I find it easier to adopt when in France.

Chez Loulou–A woman whose goal is to taste every cheese in France. Respect.

Lunch in Paris–The novelist continues life in Provence.

Hidden in France–Lovely French design ideas.

And last rule – here are 7 things about me – on a Norman theme

1. I love that in Normandy the weather never lasts very long. You get a week’s worth of weather in a day so you can never, ever make plans based on the weather.

2. Whatever the weather, the sky is large and the light is beautiful.

3. I would like to read Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past in French (now known in English as In Search Of Lost Time – thanks MomVee!), while sitting on the Deauville beachfront.

4. It’s so hard to get things done in France. Like having wifi installed. Or arranging home improvements. So I hardly do anything when there. It’s so relaxing.

5. Another thing I love: in Normandy, you get places faster than the satnav predicts.

6. Creme d’Isigny. With anything. Or straight out of the pot.

7. Waking to the sound of the village church bells. At 7 am. Even after 7 bottles of wine with friends around the table the night before.