July 31, 2011

Paris in July 2011 - Au Revoir

I can't believe how quickly this month has flown (I know I keep saying this but it is just so true I feel it needs repeating!) - now here we are at the end of Paris in July 2011.
Tamara and I would like to thank each and every one of you who have embraced Paris in July and joined in for the ride. We are overwhelmed by the amount of interest that has been shown by the blogging community - we knew that there were many others out there who shared our love of Paris and all things French but we didn't realise it would be quite this big! We are seriously contemplating taking time off from our jobs next year to run this event!
Thank you for all of your posts and comments along the way. We would love to hear from you all about what you would like included for next years event so please feel free to comment away on this post - we are more than happy to hear constructive criticism and ideas - the more the better!
Once again Tamara has taken some time from her busy travelling and studying schedule in France to do a wrap up of posts from this final week (she stresses this might not be exhaustive):

- Lunch in Paris, Elizabeth Bard - A Bookish Way of Life 29/7/11 & Beauty is a Sleeping Cat 19/7/11

- The Vendetta, Honore de Balzac - A Work in Progress 19/7/11, & Book around the corner 19/7/11,

- The Virgin Blue, Tracey Chevalier - An Adventure in Reading 25/7/11

- Brodecks Report, Philippe Claidel - Another Cookie Crumble 29/7/11

- Writers in Paris, David Bourke - Beauty is a sleeping Cat 22/7/11

- Cheri, Colette - Bibliothas 25/7/11

- Pot luck, Emile Zola - Books and Chocolates 27/7/11

- Incidents in the Rue Laugier, Anita Brooker - Books and Chocolate 16/7/11

- Only Connext: Julia and Hadley - Books as Food 24/7/11

- The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, Bridget Asher- Books as Food 22/7/11, & Curling up 28/7/11

- the Chalk Circle Man, Fred Vargas - Books as Food 21/7/11

- The Suicide Shop, Jean Teule - Chasing Bawa 21/7/11

- Paris Album 1900-1914, Jean Cocteau - Chasing Bawa 30/7/11

- the Beast of the Camargue, Xavier-Marie Bonnot - Curiosity 22/7/11

- The Paris Wife, Hemingway - Dolce Bellezza 24/7/11

- 13, rue Therese, Elena Mauli Shapiro - Fleur Fisher 24/7/11

- Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Simone de Beauvoir - Naked without books 24/7/11

- A Pedestrian in Paris, John Baxter - Packabook

- Madame Tussaurd by Michelle Moran - tell me a story 31/7/11

-Lunch in Paris, Elizabeth Bard - Adventure of an intrepid reader 30/7/11

- No and Me, Delphine de Vigan - the Novel World 25/7/11

- Man Ray in Paris, rin Garcia - Truth Beauty and freedom, 26/7/11


- Nouvelle Vague "dance with me" - Fleur Fisher 27/7/11

- Lucienne Deyle - Not sophisticated 30/7/11


- La Cuisine Francaise - Just one more thing, 30/7/11

- Paris breakfasts - adventure of an intrepid reader 23/7/11

- Pizza Baguette - the Novel World 30/7/11


- Delicatessen - Literary relish 21/7/11

- the Diving Bell & the Butterfly - Sawcat 24/7/11

- Midnight in Paris - The Story Girl, 25/7/11

- L'etaile de Mer, Directed by Man Ray - Truth Beauty and Freedom 26/7/11


- Inauguration of Poincare, Paris (Photo) - Curiosity 27/7/11

- French Beaches - Curling up

-Fraily and Endurance - Flowersandstripes 29/7/11

- more Hemingway - Lakeside Musings 21/7/11

- Day 7, Rue Montorgueil and Pompidou Centre - My cosy book nook, 30/7/11

- Au revoir Paris (review of food, movies, books etc) Only Orangery 31/7/11

- of weather, tour de france and other things - Third Storey Winder 24/7

And now on to our prize winners for this final week, they are:

Molly - My Cozy Book Nook
Caroline - Beauty is a Sleeping Cat

Congratulations to all of our prize winners - I hope to have the prizes out in the mail to you over the next couple of weeks.
For now it is au revoir from Paris in July - we hope to see you all back next year but until then - Happy Reading!


Caroline said...

Thank you so much. I'm very excited about the prize. When it comes to gifts I'm like a child...
I wanted to thank you for hosting this event, I enjoyed it a great deal. I discovered new books, movies and new blogs.

JoAnn said...

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you again for hosting Paris in July. It's been such an enjoyable month... already looking forward to next year!

Her Royal Orangeness said...

I absolutely loved Paris in July! Thanks so much for hosting this marvelous event!

May I make some suggestions for next year? How about a blog dedicated exclusively to Paris in July? And maybe use Mr. Linky (or something similar) rather than having people leave links in the comments? And maybe set up a Mr. Linky post for every day instead of once a week? (I just think this set-up would make it easier to keep track of all the posts. I feel like I missed a lot that other people posted.) I've also wondered if it might work to have one read-a-long book - something that every one would read and discuss (in addition to their own selections for the month). This would give a common thread and might encourage more interaction.

Ellie said...

I wish I'd had more time to give to visiting all the blogs but I'm going to carry on following everyone throughout the year, even if I only drop by now and then.

I still have loads of French themed books and films left so it's not the end for my Parisian affair just yet.

Thanks for hosting!

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

Thank you for organising this again. Next year we shan't be moving house mid July so hopefully I can participate more. A bientot Paris in July.

Tami said...

Thanks so much for sponsoring this wonderful event. I had a blast! I'm still working my way through all the other participant's blogs. But I learned a lot, met some great people, and had a lot of fun.

I agree with Her Royal Orangeness about the idea of a dedicated blog or Mr. Linky - just for ease of tracking everyone. I also love the read-along idea.

Thanks again for being wonderful hosts. See you next year.

Karen said...

Hi Caroline - I totally understand - I feel exactly the same way about presents! I also like giving them so it will be lots of fun for me to send your prize to you!

Hi JoAnn - Thank you so much for participating - and so good to hear you will be back next year!

Hi Her Royal Orangeness - thank you so much for these wonderful suggestions. Tamara and I knew we would need to make things more "high tech" next year - the amount of people who want to be involved has just blown us away!! We are both a little hesitant when it comes to using technology but I am sure by next year we will have mastered Mr Linky etc... so we can make Paris in July bigger and better!

Hi Ellie - thank you so much for being such an amazing part of the event this year!

Hi Joan - I can imagine moving house would have restricted your reading a little bit!!

Hi Tami - I'm so glad you enjoyed the event this year - like you I am going to be catching up on all the blog posts for a while to come!

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