Paris Dispatch #1

Paris Dispatch #1

Moving to France and saying bonjour to a new life

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Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated

Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated

Are French people all eating snails in their striped shirts while smoking? Well…oui and non. Every country has its stereotypes and France probably has more than its fair share. Let’s examine some of the most common clichés about French people.

French Favorites: Diptyque Carrousel

French Favorites: Diptyque Carrousel

Diptyque, the chic Parisian candle and fragrance brand, has released its 2017 holiday candle carrousel and I am lucky to have gotten my hands on one. Rarely has a decorative item made me so happy.

Paris Dispatch #4: The Waiting Game

Paris Dispatch #4: The Waiting Game

As autumn took over Paris, my honeymoon period with the city continued. Five months in I’m still charmed by this city daily. But building a complete life is taking longer than I expected before boarding the plane in New York. Newsflash: It takes much more than a few months to make a new life for yourself.

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The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette

The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette

Cheese is so important in France, even the citizenship test includes a couple questions on fromage. French cheese etiquette involves correct times, orders and methods that as an American I never had to learn to operate in society. But cheese manners matter here, so if […]

Très French Names You Won’t Hear at the American Playground

Très French Names You Won’t Hear at the American Playground

Some French baby names are very “en vogue” right now in America (Camille, Chloé, Olivier), and others are eternally chic (Juliette, Brigitte, Louis). But some interesting French names won’t be topping American baby name lists anytime soon.

The secret to ordering the ‘best’ baguette in France

The secret to ordering the ‘best’ baguette in France

It’s a common question I get from friends coming to visit: “Where can I find the best baguette in Paris?” My answer: Your nearest bakery. Here’s why, and the important trick for getting the tastiest one at the boulangerie.

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Should I Move Abroad? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Should I Move Abroad? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Moving to another country can be a transformative experience, but it is not without challenges to consider. If you’re thinking about making the jump overseas, ask yourself these five questions before packing your bags.

Paris Dispatch #3: La Rentrée

Paris Dispatch #3: La Rentrée

“America is my country and Paris is my hometown.” Though she died more than 70 years ago, these words from Gertrude Stein continue to encapsulate the feelings of many Americans who followed in her footsteps. Increasingly my own as I feel more and more at […]

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.

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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.