All week, my husband has been in Paris without me. This is not unusual for our family, as his job takes him to Paris frequently, and someone has to hold down the home front. The only difference about today is that it is Valentine’s Day. So, yes, my husband is in Paris without me on… Read More Frenchness finds me, tiny lipsticks, and rational paranoia
When we move to Paris this summer, we’ll each be allowed to take a certain number of pounds of goods with us that will arrive the same week that we do. Those pounds will add up fast, and will consist almost entirely of clothes, shoes, starter essentials like toothbrushes and (for me) lipstick (obviously!), as… Read More 6 months to Paris: the major downsizing and decluttering project
Coco Chanel famously advised women to cultivate nonchalance. One doesn’t want to appear to be trying too hard. This goes for your home, too. While a home should be beautiful to your eye, it doesn’t need to be perfect. In fact, striving for perfection makes it difficult to enjoy a home–both for inhabitants and for… Read More How to Be A Little Bit French Today – Part 3: The Stained Coffee Table
Here are five random but useful French phrases that will fit plenty of situations. This is assuming you already know how to do standard greetings, order from a menu, and ask where the bathroom is. To start your day and get stuff done: J’ai besoin de mon cafe.Translation: I need my coffee. To get out of… Read More 5 Useful French Phrases
L’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home, by David Lebovitz As charming as it is informative, L’appart offers a chef’s eye view of the beauty and bureaucratic madness that is France. After moving from San Francisco to Paris, Lebovitz spent a decade living in a tiny top-floor flat with a magnificent view… Read More Three Books You Must Read Before Moving to France
As we prepare for our move to Paris, I realize that there are many ways in which I am very much not French. There will be some major adjustments. For example, according to L’appart, by David Lebovitz, dealing with bureaucracy will be a major challenge. As an American living in the heart of Silicon Valley, I’m… Read More 5 Ways I’m Already Très Français (or How to Be French Without Even Trying)
“Does it rain more in Paris?” my son asks. He is twelve, and we are in the car, driving home from a haircut in San Francisco. Months ago, we told him we might be moving to Paris. He was not amused. Horrified, perhaps. Angry, definitely. Adamant that he would not be going to Paris, we… Read More Does it rain more in Paris?