Thursday, July 14, 2011

Frugal Francophile

July 14th, Bastille Day in France. Today is the country's national holiday, celebrating the storming of the "bastille" or a prison in modern life. Said to symbolize the beginning of the modern government and the end of the French constitutional monarchy, it is a wonderful holiday....even if you are not French. Fifteen years ago I spent this day in the french countryside. Having studied the language and culture of France throughout high school and college, it was an amazing holiday to celebrate. Since a transatlantic flight is out of the picture for me at this time, here is my plan to get a frugal dose of France:
  • pick up some amazing breads and treats from La Baguette, owned and operated by a french couple (located on Mineral Point Rd. near West Towne Mall), their shelves offer the best taste of France without the cost of an airline ticket;
  • turn on my CD player (no I don't have it on MP3) and listen to the London recording of the musical, Les Miserables;
  • read a few pages from Victor Hugo's epic novel, Les Miserables; and
  • open a bottle for French wine for dinner (Barriques has a great $10 and under wall).
Are you a frugal Francophile? If so, having any suggestions to add to this list? Bonne Bastille!


  1. Go to on the Internet -- the French radio station everyone loves to listen to and click on "love songs" and then on one of the French singers, like Florent Pagny or Marc Lavoine! Just like being in France. Even the commercials are fun.

  2. Thanks Nina, I selected "coffee house", couldn't find love songs, but will search later. This is a great way to spend an afternoon drafting at my desk!