Paris Dispatch #1

Paris Dispatch #1

Moving to France and saying bonjour to a new life

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How to Live in Paris without Speaking French

How to Live in Paris without Speaking French

Bonjour, my name is Charli and I barely speak French. Oh no, I didn’t let this stop me from moving to Paris, which either makes me incredibly optimistic or pig-headed. Jury is still out. But I do know I’m far from alone.

Hidden Paris: Hôtel de Ville Library

Hidden Paris: Hôtel de Ville Library

Inside Paris’s City Hall lives a hidden gem of a library you’d never know existed. No tourists allowed. Even a French public library card won’t get you access.

Paris Dispatch #2: The Growth Zone

Paris Dispatch #2: The Growth Zone

In early spring, while in the process of deciding whether or not to move to Paris, I came across a quote that resonated with my choice: “There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.” At that point I was snuggled into the comfort zone of my New York City life, 11 years in the making.

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The Cliffs of Étretat

The Cliffs of Étretat

The Cliffs of Étretat (Les falaises d’Étretat), with their simple beauty, are a reminder of how elegant nature can be. The earlier in the day you arrive, the more solitude you will have to take in where the sea meets the sky.

La Formation Civique: Your 2 Required French Civics Modules

La Formation Civique: Your 2 Required French Civics Modules

As part of signing the integration contract with France (un contrat d’intégration républicaine or CIR) at your OFII meeting, you have to complete two required modules on French civics.

Love like the French, even if you’re not married to one

Love like the French, even if you’re not married to one

My own French love story was an accident. I had no girlhood obsession with Paris, no special feelings for French culture, no Eiffel Tower prints in my apartment. I didn’t even eat cheese until I started dating the Frenchman who became my husband.

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Paris Dispatch #1: Hello New Life

Paris Dispatch #1: Hello New Life

Today marks two months since we touched down in Paris with all our belongings in six giant bags. Starting a new life (in French no less) is not an easy task, but it is also a privilege I’m not taking for granted.

50 Reasons You Will Never Be French

50 Reasons You Will Never Be French

Sorry, it’s not you…it’s France. Unlike if you immigrate to America, you can live in France for 30 years and never truly be considered a local.

To my husband, Mickey Mouse is French

To my husband, Mickey Mouse is French

Okay fine, we all knew Belle speaks French (Bonjour!), but it is a bit jarring at first to hear Mickey, Captain Hook and Wendy from Peter Pan en française when you go to Disneyland Paris. (more…)

11 Books I Read about France Instead of Learning French

11 Books I Read about France Instead of Learning French

If I spent as much time reading about other people’s adventures in France as I did actually learning French, I’d be fluent many times over. Unfortunately for me, I find the adventures of the Americans, Canadians, Brits and Australians who came before me to be […]


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