The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette

The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette

How to eat fromage like a local... or at least not embarrass yourself

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French Favorites: Basque Espadrilles

French Favorites: Basque Espadrilles

Next up in my “French Favorites” series: handmade espadrilles from the French Basque region. This traditional shoe is chic and inexpensive and has become my go-to summer footwear. It’s a must-have souvenir from Biarritz — customizing your own and watching the ribbons being sewn-on really […]

Côte Basque Guide: Biarritz & the ‘California of France’

Côte Basque Guide: Biarritz & the ‘California of France’

When you think of France, you almost certainly don’t imagine a surfer chic lifestyle. But a little slice of California-style heaven does exist on the southwest coast and I experienced a coup de cœur on my vacation last week.

Lutèce, Paname…how many Paris nicknames do you know?

Lutèce, Paname…how many Paris nicknames do you know?

Lutèce, Paname, City of Light… Paris by any other name is just as sweet! You’ll see Paris’s former names and nicknames used all over the city as well as in books, movies and songs. Here are the noms de plume of Paris to know.

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Carte de Séjour Guide for American Spouses

Carte de Séjour Guide for American Spouses

Before celebrating your one-year anniversary in France, you need to apply for a carte de séjour to ensure you can stay. What a lovely gift from the French government! However, the process of preparing begins many months before your visa expires.

Classic ‘French Songs’ that are Actually Ripped-off English Tunes

Classic ‘French Songs’ that are Actually Ripped-off English Tunes

While unknown to most Americans, Johnny Hallyday is one of France’s most beloved singers of all time. Until his death earlier this year, the “French Elvis” was selling out giant stadiums in Europe. He also loved to take American hits and pass them off as his […]

Happy 1st Birthday to ‘Am I French Yet?’

Happy 1st Birthday to ‘Am I French Yet?’

August 1st marks one year since I launched this blog and put “Am I French Yet?” out into the world. I had hoped more people than just my friends would read it, but had no idea if the stories and information I wanted to share would ever be read.

Well, you all found it! Over the last year, I’ve loved hearing from those of you going through the immigration process about how this blog helped with the paperwork, shed some light on cultural differences or even just to know you aren’t the only one struggling sometimes. And for everyone dreaming of a move, or just a Francophile at heart, thanks for making this blog part of your inspiration.

To say bon anniversaire to the blog, I want to share what the last year has looked like for “Am I French Yet?” by the numbers:

Year one for “Am I French Yet?”
 

Number of visitors: 24,931

Number of page views: 56,556

 
Best Views Day: January 15, 2018 — 1,271 page views


Top reader countries
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1. USA 2. France 3. UK 4. Canada 5. Australia 6. Germany 7. India 8. Ireland 9. Singapore 10. Philippines
 

Posts published: 52
  

Top Ten “Am I French Yet?” Posts:

1. 10 Differences Between French and American Work Culture
2. Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated
3. Here’s What Happens at Your OFII Meeting + Medical Appointment
4. Visa Long Sejour guide for American spouse of French citizen
5. Life in Paris vs New York City
6. The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette
7. How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals
8. 7 Paris Tourist Traps to Skip…and What to Do Instead
9. Why Trophy Wives Don’t Exist in France
10. No Rosé in Winter + 15 More French Wine Rules
 

Number of comments: 202
 
Most comments on one Post: 38

 
Stories about “Am I French Yet?”:

Paris Profiles – 4th Arrondissement with Charli James (Misadventures with Andi)
The Local France: Yes, you can live in Paris without speaking French
3 Bourbons Podcast: American Journalist in Paris
TV Reporter Charli James asks, “Am I French Yet?” (Our Paris Stories)

Thanks to everyone for reading, for your post suggestions, for your nice messages, mean comments (they fuel me too), and words of thanks and encouragement. I have some new goals and ideas for the second year of this blog, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along.

xoxo -Charli

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Paris is for (Book) Lovers

Paris is for (Book) Lovers

Even on vacation a girl’s gotta read! Paris has got you covered with great spots for reading or picking up a new book whether you live here or are just passing through.

Your Perfect Champagne Region Itinerary — Two Days of Bubbly without a Car

Your Perfect Champagne Region Itinerary — Two Days of Bubbly without a Car

Just an hour from Paris lies a magical land where sparkling wine flows like rivers and the most pampered grapes in world fulfill their ultimate destiny. The Champagne region is one of France’s most famous and posh areas, and in two days you can enjoy […]

Shopping for Deals in Paris: Sales, Outlets and Tax Refunds

Shopping for Deals in Paris: Sales, Outlets and Tax Refunds

Did you know that in France the sales are controlled by the government? There are only two official times “Les Soldes” are allowed — once in the summer and once in the winter. However, there are secrets to getting deals in Paris anytime of year.

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How to Get Your Securité Sociale & Carte Vitale in France

How to Get Your Securité Sociale & Carte Vitale in France

Once you’ve lived in France for three months and established residency, you’re eligible for French national health coverage — Woohoo! But to reap all the benefits, you’ll first need a numero de securité sociale and a carte Vitale.