Category: Expat Advice

How to: Rent an Apartment in Paris (without losing your mind)

WE DID IT! WE ACTUALLY FOUND AN APARTMENT! I almost couldn’t believe it when I put my pen to paper and signed for our new apartment, it was such a relief! This was my first time really looking for an apartment and trust me, finding a flat in or around Paris isn’t easy. You need […]

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How to get invited to Paris Fashion Week!

Thanks to the wonderful Melissa (Melissa in Paris), I recently got the chance to go to a Paris Fashion Week Party for Fashion magazine Wheretoget. The party reminded me of just how much I love and enjoy the PFW scene (and no, not just because of the free Moët!) In the summer of 2015 I actually got the […]

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How to: Get Translation Help in Paris

I recently noticed that one of the most popular questions on the Expatriates in Paris Facebook group is: “Where can I find a reasonably priced certified translator?” As anyone who lives here knows, the French administrative services are obsessed with red tape so getting things done in France is a lot more complicated than in other […]

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How to: Avoid Apartment Scams in Paris

So here’s the problem: After seeing several posts on various Expat pages on Facebook, I am sick and tired of seeing innocent people get scammed. It makes me so angry that people who are moving to Paris, or even already living here, are losing their money to criminals. Criminals who are using our safe spaces […]

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Getting Tested in Paris

Let’s be honest here, a lot of expats who have been living here for a while have probably wondered about getting tested at some point. I know, I know, getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) in beautiful Paree isn’t exactly the most romantic thing ever but it’s what responsible adults do. The problem is, it’s very difficult […]

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Surviving French Kids – The Au Pair Special

Until I started working with French kids, I didn’t realise that they have an entirely different vocabulary to French adults. They use an array of wonderful words that are both delightful and confusing for non-native French speakers. I have learned so many new words since I began working with children, many of which are vital when […]

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5 Tricks of the Trade for Paris

No one can deny that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is however, a very expensive city and can leave your pockets feeling considerably lighter than when you arrived. This blog will help you and your visiting friends and family to save a little money, that you can of course, subsequently […]

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The day I became a Parisian

If you search for the definition of the word chic using google, you will get the following answer: Chic — Adjective: elegantly and stylishly fashionable —“She looked every inch the chic Frenchwoman.” What does this tell you? Well, basically, google is telling you that French women are the epitome of the word chic and if […]

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3 Surprising Things About Moving to Paris

This week’s guest blogger is the wonderful Elizabeth! Elizabeth is a new expat in Paris, just beginning her adventures (and mishaps!) in France. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, she is a writer and marketer by trade and a wine and cheese lover by passion. It only made sense to start her blog, Another Américaine in Paris, […]

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How to: Get your Carte Vitale.

When I first thought about writing this article I honestly debated writing: GIVE UP AND RUN AWAY, VERY FAR AWAY Why? Because the administration system in France is a huge headache. It’s also frustrating enough to make a saint swear. It took me TWO YEARS to get my carte vitale and I nearly turned grey […]

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