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Bonjour and Bienvenue!  In France, we have something called the “Art de Vivre”, which about living in the moment and truly looking at the wonder of the world around.  As  a writer and artist, I like to translate that into what I like to call “slow travel”.  Going beyond the surface so that you can see past the historic monuments and imagine what it is like to live here in Paris.

The daily life, the ups and downs, and the everyday moments, let’s dive into the quotidien together.

 

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differences dining habits between french people and americans

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, why do we do that!?” And when I say we, I mean those of us from good ol’ North America. This is never truer than when it comes to French vs American dining and eating habits: 1. Drinking a giant coffee on the go The quintessential Starbucks coffee on the way to work in the…

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