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Biking in Provence for Dummies

Biking in Provence for Dummies

I’m no Tour de France rider. I’m not even a bike-with-gears kind of rider. So when my sister (also an amateur) suggested we do a three-day, self-guided cycling trip through Provence, I balked.

French Favorites: Diptyque Carrousel

French Favorites: Diptyque Carrousel

UPDATED WITH 2018 CARROUSEL INFO! The theme this year is “Légende du Nord” and is the work of Pierre Marie. The carrousel features three spirit characters that have been invented by Diptyque, as well as two compass medallions.

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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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.

Escape from Paris: Le Touquet

Escape from Paris: Le Touquet

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city, even a beautiful one like Paris. We were looking for a place with sun, great food, charm and a less than 3 hour drive: Bonjour Le Touquet!

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.

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The Best French Desserts You Haven’t Tried Yet


The Best French Desserts You Haven’t Tried Yet


We all know (and love) macarons, eclairs and pain au chocolat, but there’s a whole world of French pastries out there waiting for you to discover. An introduction to some lesser-known, but just as mind-blowing French desserts.

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.

Life in Paris vs New York City

Life in Paris vs New York City

Just as Americans are enamored with Paris, French people also look at New York with awe. So I’m often asked to compare my current and former home. The differences are deeper than just choosing bagels or baguettes.

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The Glorious World of Winter French Food

The Glorious World of Winter French Food

The French are big on seasonal eating, and winter means lots of special meals heavy on the cheese, meat and carbs. Raclette, tariflette, croziflette…I hadn’t heard of these dishes until I visited France in winter. So allow me to introduce you to my favorite winter […]