Tuesday, July 13, 2010

14th of July - Vive la France! Part One

July is a special month for + Q Perfume Blog. It all started in July 17th for me and perfume writting...the blog is celebrating 2 years anniversary, my marriage anniversary was celebrated also in the beginning of the month, 14th is my beloved husbbie's b-day, Bastile day for France, it is winter in Brazil (the coldest month) which is my favorite...
Surrounded by French (most of my neighbors are...oddly, but a fact) I brought here some french symbols, french references and french perfumes! A lot of french perfumes!
Les Baguettes!
A think long loaf, about 24'' weighting 250grams.
The word itself was not used to refer to a type of bread until apparently 1920, but what is now known as "baguette" may have existed well before that. Though the baguette today is often considered one of the symbols of French culture viewed from abroad, the association of France with long loaves predates any mention of it. Long, if wide, loaves had been made since the time of Louis XIV, long thin ones since the mid-eighteenth century and in fact by the nineteenth century some were far longer than the baguette: "loaves of bread six feet long that look like crowbars!" (1862); "Housemaids were hurrying homewards with their purchases for various Gallic breakfasts, and the long sticks of bread, a yard or two in length, carried under their arms, made an odd impression upon me." (1898) (from WIKI). To read more about baguette, click HERE.
Le Coq!

The Gallic rooster (French: le coq gaulois) is a national symbol of France as a nation and its history, land and culture. (Its association with France is due to the play on words inLatin between Gallus, meaning an inhabitant of Gaul, and gallus, meaning rooster, or cockerel. Although its use in France dates to the Middle Ages, it gained particular popularity during the french revolution, and has been a national emblem ever since. (from WIKI). To read more about ti, click HERE.


Marianne, a national emblem of France, is by extension, an allegory of Liberty and Reason. She represents France as a state, and its values (representing France as a nation and its history, land and culture). She is displayed in many places in France and holds a place of honors in town halls and law courts. She symbolizes the "Triumph of the Republic", a bronze sculpture overlooking the Place de la Nation in Paris. (from WIKI). You can read more about her by clicking HERE.


The madeleine or petite madeleine is a traditional small cake from Commercy and Liverdun, two communes of the Lorraine region in northeastern France. Madeleines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions. Aside from the traditional moulded pan, commonly found in stores specialising in kitchen equipment and even hardware stores, no special tools are required to make madeleines.(from WIKI). To read more about these delicious sponge cakes HERE.

to be continued...


Unknown said...

Lovely post! You've made me want to go out and get some madeleines.

+ Q Perfume Blog said...

Me too!!!
This is the first part of the article..I will continue to port more till tomorrow!

+ Q Perfume Blog said...

linked you darling!

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