What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!”

Charles Dickens

We have all at some point, fallen a little bit in love with Paris. That fascinating foreignness of culture, language, and history, that still seems so familiar. I remember the moment when I visited Paris at 18 with my parents from Canada. It didn’t occur to me then, that I would one day move to France and become French myself.

Paris is a state of mind. Snippets of Paris
“Paris is always a good idea.” — Audrey Hepburn

A few years after that initial trip to Paris, the love for travel continued. After working abroad and traveling the world on holiday, I stumbled across that magical “open sesame”: the Working Holiday Visa.

I quit my job and gave myself 4 months in the City of Lights. Four months to see if I liked it, and more importantly if I could make it. At the end of those 4 months, I had met my future husband, gotten a job in my field, and transformed into a Parisienne. Fast forward a few more years and a couple of kids later, and I suddenly realized that with a French husband and children, I was no longer the cool Expat wandering the globe.  I had become a local. And to my kids and everyone else around, I was now just “Maman“.

How Snippets of Paris was born

I started Snippets of Paris to document some of the funny quirks and eccentricities that come with living in a foreign country, especially with my little Frenchies. The usual routine of everyday work, school, and play which occasionally throws a sharp curveball as France is likely to do. There likely won’t be any breathless reviews of new bars and restaurant openings in Paris, simply because that isn’t my Paris, that is the one in the magazines. (Let’s be honest, with small children running around and the chaos that involves, by the time I get there, it probably will no longer be “new”!) I will instead, take you to what feels like home, the tested and true.

Travel to Paris

Snippets of Paris aims to tell you what the locals tell their friends about, to go beyond the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower. We’ll share with you fun anecdotes about what daily life in France is like, so that you too can imagine yourself living here. Does Paris continue to hold its charm, if you are living there, rather than visiting? Do you ever become fluent in French? And raising kids in France!? Ooh la la!

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