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Raising Bilingual Kids in France | Meet Englishwoman Leila Lorenzo

Raising Bilingual Kids in France | Meet Englishwoman Leila Lorenzo

Maman: What do you want for dinner? Wanna-be Bilingual Toddler: I want lunch! Editor’s note: I love hearing other points of view so we’re introducing a new series where we meet other expats, immigrants, and locals who are Living in France. If you would like […]

The National Drink of France: Pastis de Marseille

The National Drink of France: Pastis de Marseille

It is as French as the croissant. It was not de riguer when Napoleon was around, but if it were, I’m sure he would have drunk gallons of it for “Honneur et Patrie de la France“! Ok, maybe not but anyway, when our various French […]

French Healthcare: 12 Differences between U.S. and France

French Healthcare: 12 Differences between U.S. and France

Healthcare in France is covered by the State. Like most other first world countries, you say. (I’m looking at you, U.S.A.) Basically, the French healthcare system covers all legal residents as long as you have lived there for over 3 months. All regular and emergency […]

What you need to know: France’s 11 Emergency numbers

What you need to know: France’s 11 Emergency numbers

Panic, it’s an emergency! Except don’t panic, if you are in an emergency in France, you need to keep a cool head. You’re going to have to figure out which one of the 11 emergency numbers to call. And #911 (like in the U.S.) is […]

Eating a French Meal: History and Etiquette

Eating a French Meal: History and Etiquette

Imagine the scene: Marie-Antoinette in the beautiful Palais of Versailles. Pre- Head being chopped off ofcourse. She is inviting you into a beautifully lit room, chandeliers glittering, the best cristallerie out on display for you, an elaborate dining table set up, and a large bountiful spread of dishes […]

New job in France? A Guide to the Médecin de Travail

New job in France? A Guide to the Médecin de Travail

It used to be every two years. It was changed recently (in 2018) to every 5 years: Visiting the bl$%£y Médecin de Travail. There are certain quirks of French life that you don’t really cross until you start working in France. That’s when you really […]

Top 20 French Boy Names (with audio pronunciation)

Top 20 French Boy Names (with audio pronunciation)

Who doesn’t love reading a list of baby names? I love baby names, and I always wonder, what if…? Is it too late to change my kids’ names? (Hint: it is. In France, you only have 5 days to pick a name. An administrative hell […]

Top 20 French Girl names (with audio pronunciation)

Top 20 French Girl names (with audio pronunciation)

French baby girl names that also work in English? Easy Peasy. Until you put it into practice, it is. You have to find a name that is not too common, but still pronounceable. A name that both parents like, and a name that all the […]

20 Things to do in Paris | Advice from a Local

20 Things to do in Paris | Advice from a Local

Ahh Paris!  So much to see and so little time.  If you are going to be visiting Paris in the near future, you’ve come to the right place. Get yourself some good walking shoes, a light scarf & a baguette and let’s go! Now, if […]

Oh La La! – Roundup #3

Oh La La! – Roundup #3

It is round-up time!  Read anything good this week?  Comment below! French women don’t co-sleep by Not Safe for Mom Group I guess I was very French in this instance, we moved the baby’s crib out of our bedroom as quickly as we could.  I’m a light […]

10 American dining habits that French People find strange

10 American dining habits that French People find strange

Living in France for so long, there is always a bit of a culture shock every time I return “home”. There are just those small little things that are not like what I’m now used to in France, and make me stop and think “oof, […]

When French Children don’t dress-up for Halloween

When French Children don’t dress-up for Halloween

It is the middle of May and there was a mad scramble this week chez nous, to try to find a Halloween costume for one of my little Frenchies. It isn’t Halloween of course, that would be too simple. It is middle of *$%£ May […]


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