So many of my Paris, Perfected clients had trips planned for March, April & May that have had to be postponed. And I myself have had to take a pause on planning any future trips to Paris for myself. It led me to realizing that right now we can use our minds and use technology to escape to France for a bit. I hope you enjoy these ideas of how to virtually visit France – and add a dose of Parisian culture in particular – during this time.
A Francophile’s Guide to Staying Inside
Download Dulingo and up your vocabulary.
Watch some movies set in Paris.
Personal favorites include Funny Face, Sabrina (with Audrey Hepburn), Midnight in Paris and Ratatouille. There are also some Netflix series in French if you’re up for subtitles.
Try your hand at French baking.
Here are five easier French desserts to try if you can get your hands on the ingredients. Or profiteroles which are fun to make with either cream or ice cream! If you have kids consider a toppings bar for them to dress them up with different types of fruit or chocolate or caramel sauce.
Cook French inspired dinners.
How about a classic bistro-style steak? With a side of gougeres! (My friend Taylor makes these often in her tiny NYC kitchen and they are delicious!) Or a decadent lunch of a croque monsieur. Or a classic roast chicken with Provencal spices. Here are even more French classic dish ideas for beginners.
Escape to Paris virtually.
I have a Pinterest board dedicated to Paris if you want some escapism.
Read novels set in Paris.
Learn how to make the perfect French omelette.
French omelettes are so special but certainly require skill. Here is a recipe to test your skills – the perfect weekend activity!
Explore museums virtually.
Do a French wine tasting.
Now is a great time to learn about French wine. Skillshare has introductory wine classes (and you can get two months free by signing up here). Watch some classes and then order (or buy from your local wine store) some French varietals you’re not familiar with and do some tasting at home!
Take in a show.
The Parisian Opera is showing performances on their website if you’d like a dose of performance one evening.
Listen to French-inspired podcasts.
Learn how to make a classic French cocktail.
Pour some celebratory drinks to bring some fun to your home. Might I suggest a French 75 or a Kir Royale? I just treated myself to this new book Drinking French and got inspired to stock my bar a bit more so I can experiment making some classic French classics.
Follow some Paris based content creators on Instagram.
I love following David Lebovitz, Pretty Little Paris, Chateau Versailles, La Presque Parisienne, Journey into La Ville Lumiere, See My Paris, Alexandrine_Ar, Paris is My Kitchen, Clangart, Coffee and Seasons, The Francophiles, Daphne Moreau, A Parisian Moment, My Little Paris, Rue Rodier and Paris Je T’aime.
Use French skincare.
You guys know how much I love French skincare products and now is a nice time to test some out. I won’t offer a laundry list but instead thought I’d share a few personal favorites from Caudalie. The SOS moisturizer is holy grail for me and I also like their pore minimizing toner, this detox mask, this body scrub that feels like a spa treatment and of course their cult-status beauty elixir.
Buy something pretty at Sezane.
A favorite French clothing brand that ships to the U.S. and that I recently wrote about in depth here. They’re also donating 10% of proceeds right now to the French hospitals emergency fund.
Listen to a Parisian inspired playlist.
I’ve curated a playlist that brings me so much comfort and joy called Paris is Always a Good Idea. I particularly love listening to it while baking or cooking.