paris tips / tourisme

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviewing the French Airlines: planes, service & wine (obviously)

Reviewing the French Airlines: planes, service & wine (obviously)

Before moving to France, I spent a lot of time (and money) flying to, from and around my husband’s homeland. Here’s my experience with four French airlines: Air France, XL Airways, La Compagnie and Air Corsica. All flights were between NYC and Paris unless otherwise […]

Paris Summer on the Seine: Where to Take Advantage of Le Soleil

Paris Summer on the Seine: Where to Take Advantage of Le Soleil

The only good thing about the chronic pollution in Paris is that the road along the Seine river has been shut down to cars, creating an amazing playground for running, biking, picnics and enjoying a drink by the water. It’s a beautiful place to partake […]