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The French you Don’t Learn at School – Part 3

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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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Paros – a Peculiar Paradise

Paros is a peculiar island in Greece because as well as having some really beautiful parts, it has also been heavily affected by the growth of tourism. The port itself is quite pretty and it stretches along the whole length of the seafront with a range of shops, cafes and restaurants. However it’s very modern and it’s […]

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Bagging a Bargain in Paris!

As much as I love Paris, I have often found the price of certain things to be quite baffling. Things that cost next to nothing in England are triple the price here and to make matters worse, these are generally the basic necessities so you can’t decide not to buy them. As a result, I […]

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4 Things to do in the City this Month.

Although March is finally upon us, winter is still clinging on in Paris. The parks are blustery and people everywhere are wrapped up warm in thick scarves and woolly hats. It’s easy to choose to stay indoors with the cold weather but don’t miss these great things in the city this month.  1. On a Wednesday, […]

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Be Different this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching many couples in Paris are planning candlelit dinners and romantic strolls through the most romantic city in the world. Adorable, right? Not really. I’m not anti-valentine’s day in any way, but I do think that although these ideas are undoubtedly very sweet, they are a bit too conventional for my tastes. Valentine’s Day, […]

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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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Ten Reasons Why I love living in Paris

1. French women don’t wear a lot of make up. French women are all about being au naturel with regards to their make up. Their attitude to make up is simple; less is more. A strong lipstick with a flick of mascara is the perfect day or night combination. Less make up, but no less confidence. Pretty […]

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Cosy Cafes for 2016

Ob-La-Di: €€ € I recently discovered this adorable little cafe with my good friend Jayne. Named after the famous Beatles song, it’s the perfect place to go with friends. We went for breakfast on a gloomy Wednesday morning and had the most delicious food ever. I had the honey berry yoghurt and muesli and Jayne had the avocado […]

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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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