Tag: french culture

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!

Paris Dispatch #7: One Year

Paris Dispatch #7: One Year

Everyone told me the first year in Paris is both the most exciting and most challenging. And no matter how much you try, things will never turn out how you expected. Having lived it myself now, I can say for certain that advice was right.

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Attending the French Open: BYOBaguette and Mind Your Manners

Attending the French Open: BYOBaguette and Mind Your Manners

Went to my first French Open this week (or Roland Garros to those in France) along with bunch of sober, well-behaved French people eating food they brought from home. Quite a sporting event culture shock for this American.

Wannabe French Girl Beauty: The Epilator

Wannabe French Girl Beauty: The Epilator

Imagine 48 mini tweezer heads on a revolving cylinder. Now imagine running it over your skin as the tweezers rip your hair out from the root. This is not a torture device, but a popular hair removal tool used in France that is virtually unknown […]

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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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.

10 Differences Between French and American Work Culture

10 Differences Between French and American Work Culture

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!

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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.