Tag: France

The French You Don’t Learn at School – Part Five

The French you Don’t Learn at School is back and I can’t wait to share some new expressions with you! The goal of these posts is to help anyone learning French understand some well known and popular phrases that you definitely won’t learn at school but that you’ll need to understand a lot of Parisian […]

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What Happens When You’re Sick in France

I often pride myself on the fact that I can answer a lot of administrative questions about life in France. I know how to get a social security number, how to rent an apartment, how to pay taxes, how to open a bank account and even, how to get French nationality. However, this past week […]

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A Day in Champagne!

When my parents came to Paris recently, I wanted to do something special with them to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They’ve been to Paris so many times now, and although it’s never difficult to find new things to do, I was still looking for something out of the ordinary. After a few weeks of unsuccessful searching, […]

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A Weekend in…Arras!

It’s time for my monthly travel blog and this week I’d like to tell you about the beautiful town of Arras in the North of France. A few months ago my frog prince and I headed to the town of Arras for the weekend. We wanted to make the most of the long weekend in […]

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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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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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New Year’s Resolutions

This week’s guest writer is Lydia Martin. As well as being my younger, exceptionally beautiful sister, Lydia is also a singer-songwriter. She is currently in her last year of a Music degree and will soon begin her teacher training course. She loves walking on the beach and a cold glass of New Zealand Sauvignon. Here are […]

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Breaking My Silence

Before I start I have to tell you all that this article has been the hardest article I have ever had to write. Exactly a week ago today, the unthinkable happened. Paris, my beautiful home and a city I love so dearly, was attacked by terrorists. Terrorists who brutally murdered 129 innocent people in cold […]

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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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