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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, here is my local’s guide list of things to do and see.   But if you’ve read my post on What not to do in […]

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 the French find strange

10 American dining habits that the French 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, since we are in May, this is Carnevale. A Carnevale (carnival) […]

Oh La La! – Roundup #2

Oh La La! – Roundup #2

Round up time!  Read anything good lately?  Comment below and we may include it in our next edition! Swarms of Influencers invade Parisian Street by The CutThis street looks more like Bermuda to me than classic Paris, but to each his own!  Restoring an Avenue in Paris Meant for Kings by the NY […]

The Promise for the future: Notre-Dame de Paris

The Promise for the future: Notre-Dame de Paris

“Notre-Dame is on fire”.  This was the text message from a relative in Los Angeles.  What? I enjoy the odd game of college football and all, but I’m not particularly interested in the Fighting Irish… It’s strange how the mind works when you get a random piece […]

When is Mother’s day in France again?

When is Mother’s day in France again?

Eek!! I just realized that Mother’s day is coming up fast!  Or not so fast, depending on where you are. For my mom in North America, Mother’s day is the 2nd Sunday in May, but for my kids in France, Fête des Mères is later. A whole 2 weeks later, which […]

Free French-English Printables for download!

Free French-English Printables for download!

We’re quite excited to announce a new perk for our members: free French-English flashcards! Our first set of 10 flashcards is for Easter, which is coming up soon. So head on over to our partner site Ainsi-Hardi.com and check it out. Let us know what you think.  […]

Understanding the French passion for Skiing

Understanding the French passion for Skiing

Hourra, it is les vacances d’hiver in Zone C!  You’re probably wondering, huh?   I will explain: it is winter holidays here in France.  Vacations are big business here, with a large portion of the economy dependent on tourism.  French workers have between 6-12 weeks of holidays, depending […]

Intro to French Bureaucracy: the Birth Certificate

Intro to French Bureaucracy: the Birth Certificate

“Jamais deux, sans trois” Never twice, without three times. If there is a phrase that sums up the French attitude towards paperesse (red tape), this is it.  It means if you have to do it at least twice, (for example going to the Police prefecture to try to renew […]


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