Tag: culture

La Vie de Château: A French Weekend in the Champagne Region

La Vie de Château: A French Weekend in the Champagne Region

My diary of a classic French weekend away in the Champagne region. A stay at Château de Courcelles, one of France’s many beautiful châteaux that have been transformed into world-class hotels.

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 […]

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 […]

25 Things Only Tourists Do in Paris

25 Things Only Tourists Do in Paris

Not a judgement, just observations. In Paris, the following activities are firmly in the tourist category. Sometimes you just have to embrace being tourist, but know these 25 points are dead giveaways you’re a visitor.

French Etiquette: Silent Communication Using Silverware

French Etiquette: Silent Communication Using Silverware

When eating at a fine restaurant in France, there is a silent code diners use with forks and knives to talk to waiters. A sort of sign language via le couteau and la fourchette.

The American Guide to French Weddings

The American Guide to French Weddings

You’re invited to a French mariage in a castle. Awesome! Before you go, there are a few key differences between American and French weddings to learn. Know what to expect so you can be a good guest.

Why Do French People Respond in English When I Speak French?

Why Do French People Respond in English When I Speak French?

It’s a frustrating, but common occurrence for expats in France — You ask a question in French and the response comes in English. You try again in French. Still English. But don’t freak out, French people (most likely) aren’t doing this because they’re rude or […]

10 Differences Between French and American Work Cultures

10 Differences Between French and American Work Cultures

As I learned, bouncing into your new job with your American working style and enthusiasm probably isn’t the best way to proceed. But good news, some of the differences are wonderful!

How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals

How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals

Your ticket is booked, your plans made, all that’s left is packing. So what do you wear around Paris if you don’t want to scream “tourist”? Before you start packing, learn the Dos and Don’ts of dressing in Paris for both men and women.