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.
HOW I ENDED UP IN FRANCE
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 was a bit burned out anyway so instead of just switching jobs, why not take a break and try? I quit my job, got the visa and gave myself one summer in the City of Lights. One glorious summer in the sun, no expectations and no deadlines. If I got a job (it was a working holiday visa after all), “tant mieux” as we say in French. All the better.
As it happened, 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 my toddlers 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 WITH ME
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!
with love, Nassie xx
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Frequently asked Questions:
I came on a working holiday visa, and then switched to Young Professional. It was a long and exhausting process (paperwork!) so I won’t bother to write about it, since the procedures change every 6 months, let alone 10 years.
Yes, for the most part. It has become home now. And I don’t believe in having only 1 home, home is where the heart is, Canada is my home too.
I don’t know that I always love the Parisian area, sometimes we debate moving south, but for work reasons, we are here.
Maybe one day, I never say never! As the Zen quote goes: “No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place”. (I like quotes, as you can tell!)
Wondering where to begin? Start here
Planning a trip to Paris?
For my recommendations on where to stay and what to do in Paris, please see my Paris Resources Guide. If you would like to explore Paris a bit more, allons-y!
- Where to stay in Paris: A guide to the Arrondissements
- Picking an Airbnb in Paris: The Checklist
- 20 Things to do on that Ultimate trip to Paris
- What NOT to do when visiting Paris
- What is Paris like in Winter? 16 Reasons to visit
Life in Paris?
- Living in Paris: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- The Guide to a typical French Dinner
- French Dining – The Cheatsheet of Do’s and Don’ts
- Decoding the 11 French Emergency phone numbers
Moving to Paris?
- Where to live with a family: Paris or the suburbs?
- Proving you live in France: The Justificatif de Domicile
- 22 Things you should know before driving in France
- France’s famous Myth: the French 35 hour workweek