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Halloween in France, the spookiest room in Paris, & failing at Frenchness

“But I thought there was no such thing as Halloween in France!” you say. Bingo. Halloween is one holiday I can do without. Even my son doesn’t like it. Maybe that’s because he’s haunted by memories of his mother frantically searching the house for paper bags, aluminum foil, tape, plastic straws, and markers at 4:00… Read More Halloween in France, the spookiest room in Paris, & failing at Frenchness

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5 Myths About Paris (the good & the bad), and why a break-up is inevitable

Myth 1: Parisian women walk around in high heels all the time. Reality: Parisian women walk around in comfortable shoes, which makes sense, because if you’re going to get out of the house here, you’re going to do a lot of walking. Our nearest metro is about 1100 steps away, and from the metro on… Read More 5 Myths About Paris (the good & the bad), and why a break-up is inevitable

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Voila! C’est vrai! On speaking French (sort of) at the fromagerie, & the crime of disrespecting the cheese

The first time we visited a fromagerie in Paris with Young Reluctant P, he proclaimed loudly, “Why don’t they have any American cheese?” I’m pretty sure this is a punishable offense in France. If it weren’t for the diplomatic visa, he’d probably be serving time in French juvie for the crime of Disrespecting the Cheese.… Read More Voila! C’est vrai! On speaking French (sort of) at the fromagerie, & the crime of disrespecting the cheese

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Ce n’est pas possible: navigating the mysteries of French bureaucracy

David Lebovitz, author of L’Appart, wrote a great post back in 2012 about those days that remind you how difficult living in France can really be. He calls them WTF days–Welcome to France days. Today was my first real WTF day. There will be more, I’m sure, but it was a bit jarring, because up until… Read More Ce n’est pas possible: navigating the mysteries of French bureaucracy

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We Don’t Have to Go to the Louvre Today, Paris selfies, learning to love the metro, & petits elephants

1. We don’t have to go to the Louvre today. We’re now fifteen days into our Paris adventure, and we’re settling into a rhythm, learning the layout, establishing routines. This morning, I walked my husband to work and then I continued walking, straight to the Louvre. It was sort of amazing to just go for a… Read More We Don’t Have to Go to the Louvre Today, Paris selfies, learning to love the metro, & petits elephants

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Everyday Paris – on running into the Arc de Triomphe on the way to the grocery store

Two nights ago, as we were crossing the Champs-Élysées, I looked up and saw the Arc de Triomphe in the distance, at the end of the massive boulevard. “Oh, look,” I said to our son, “there’s the Arc de Triomphe!” “Great,” he replied. He’s thirteen, that age when the world fails to impress. We were… Read More Everyday Paris – on running into the Arc de Triomphe on the way to the grocery store

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Embarrassing Things I Did in Paris, Part One (Choses embarrassantes que j’ai faites à Paris)

We all do things we’re not proud of. When in a foreign country, we do even more. So here’s the first post in what will surely be a very long series, Embarrassing Things I Did in Paris. Went to Starbucks on my first day in Paris What can I say? I was jet-lagged, hadn’t slept… Read More Embarrassing Things I Did in Paris, Part One (Choses embarrassantes que j’ai faites à Paris)