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21 things you should know before Driving in France

21 things you should know before Driving in France

Yes, I know you’re an expert driver, with many years of driving experience, but each country has its own set of rules. And more distinctly, their own driving culture. This isn’t Germany with its “no speed limits”, but there are definitely a few things in […]

Becoming French: The odd Sounds French People make

Becoming French: The odd Sounds French People make

If you’ve lived in France for a while, you will notice that there are certain things your French teacher didn’t tell you about: all the random sounds that French people make. But no French education would be complete without a few shoulder shrugs, eye rolls, […]

Giving Birth in France: Oh Baby!

Giving Birth in France: Oh Baby!

Everybody likes babies. Ok, maybe not everybody, but most people. Most people like other people’s babies, even if they don’t want any themselves. The French Government likes French people’s babies. And they want them to have more. French Paid Maternity Leave Paid Maternity leave in […]

The perfect French Summer starter:  Melon au Porto

The perfect French Summer starter: Melon au Porto

If you are looking for the perfect summertime appetizer, you have come to the right place. I’m not sure if Melon au Porto comes from the South of France, or if I just happen to think that because I usually have it with our relatives […]

Why do French People hate air-conditioning?

Why do French People hate air-conditioning?

French symbol Marianne trying to stay cool during a heatwave with a mobile aircon unit. Ahh, Paris in the summertime. The sky is blue, the birds are chirping, and the rosé is on ice. All is well until you go to take the famous Parisian […]

French People and their Faux 35-Hour WorkWeek

French People and their Faux 35-Hour WorkWeek

Ahh France’s famous 35 Hour work week and it’s legendary holidays. If you’re dreaming of moving to France to achieve that illusory work-life balance, you should probably continue reading before you book your ticket. So let me just debunk this right here: most French people […]

5 Written Style Guide Differences you will pick up after moving to France

5 Written Style Guide Differences you will pick up after moving to France

If you are wondering what the heck “guillemets” are, you have come to the right place. English and French may both use the Latin alphabet, but the French writing style is quite different as are certain French punctuation marks. On this blog, I use the […]

Why French Parents go on holiday without their kids

Why French Parents go on holiday without their kids

I was surprised to see that someone kept statistics on this, but it is nonetheless interesting: Over 50% of French people (link in french) go on holiday without their children. Anecdotally, I knew this was common from my own circle of French friends, but maybe […]

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 […]


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