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Eating a French Meal: History and Etiquette

Eating a French Meal: History and Etiquette

Imagine the scene: Marie-Antoinette in the beautiful Palais of Versailles. Pre- Head being chopped off ofcourse. She is inviting you into a beautifully lit room, chandeliers glittering, the best cristallerie out on display for you, an elaborate dining table set up, and a large bountiful spread of dishes […]

New job in France? A Guide to the Médecin de Travail

New job in France? A Guide to the Médecin de Travail

It used to be every two years. It was changed recently (in 2018) to every 5 years: Visiting the bl$%£y Médecin de Travail. There are certain quirks of French life that you don’t really cross until you start working in France. That’s when you really […]

Top 20 French Boy Names (with audio pronunciation)

Top 20 French Boy Names (with audio pronunciation)

Who doesn’t love reading a list of baby names? I love baby names, and I always wonder, what if…? Is it too late to change my kids’ names? (Hint: it is. In France, you only have 5 days to pick a name. An administrative hell […]

Top 20 French Girl names (with audio pronunciation)

Top 20 French Girl names (with audio pronunciation)

French baby girl names that also work in English? Easy Peasy. Until you put it into practice, it is. You have to find a name that is not too common, but still pronounceable. A name that both parents like, and a name that all the […]

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, you’ve come to the right place. Get yourself some good walking shoes, a light scarf & a baguette and let’s go! Now, if […]

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 French People find strange

10 American dining habits that French People 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, that would be too simple. It is middle of *$%£ May […]

When in France, hold the ketchup!

When in France, hold the ketchup!

Eating French food is like eating with your parents. The waiters (aka your very grumpy parents) will frown at you as if you were a child, and get annoyed. “Yes, you have to eat everything, no substitutions, and no changes!” My personal theory is that […]

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 […]


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