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Moving To Paris? Here's How To Dress For Work And Leisure

Posted on Friday September 16, 2016 (16:31:40)
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Many countries claim to be the fashion capital of the world. London boasts its Cool Britannia look, Milan is devoted to trend setting high fashion, and New York turns city streets into catwalks of effortless style.

But there is another city to consider; one that is synonymous with chic, classy fashions and a refined, stylish lifestyle. No fashion house can consider itself successful until it has an office in Paris, or until its designs are sold in boutiques on the Champs-Élysées.   more ...

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Are You Ready For Life In Rural France?

Posted on Wednesday June 01, 2016 (14:00:42)
(c) Andrea
Romantic wannabe expats who have read A Year in Provence or watched Chocolat one too many times may be swept away with the daydream notion of moving to rural France.

The French countryside is a gorgeous place to be; from the hedgerows of the Normandy farmland to the rugged Alsace and the gently rolling hills of Champagne. As the second largest country in Europe, behind the Ukraine, France enjoys a wide variety of landscapes within its 644,000 square kilometres.   more ...

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France - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016 (12:06:21)
(c) Kashif Pathan on Flickr
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at France and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To The Arrondissements Of Paris

Posted on Friday February 12, 2016 (16:17:29)
© Christophe Meneboeuf
In every major city in the world it’s possible to find at least one confused-looking visitor, staring with furrowed brow into a crumpled map. It’s not always easy to find your way around a strange town, especially if all the landmarks are spread out all over it.

Paris on the other hand has an elegant solution: divide the city up into neighbourhoods and give each its own purpose and character.   more ...

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Interview With Rosemary Border Rabson

Posted on Thursday January 28, 2016 (14:31:16)

Rosemary, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat.

Everyone calls me Rosy. I am Rosemary Margaret and narrowly escaped being christened Margaret Rose after the Little Princess. I am 72 and have been married to John Rabson for 43 years. I have worked as an Open Competition civil servant, a teacher of English as a foreign language, a lawyer and most of all a jobbing wordsmith.   more ...

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Ten French Foods You Probably Haven't Heard Of

Posted on Tuesday January 12, 2016 (13:51:35)
© Mark Mitchell
French cuisine has a reputation across the world for being influential on modern Western cuisine, for being some sort of pinnacle of food as art, and sometimes for being plain weird. Even among people who don’t know or care too much about food, the mention of French cuisine will evoke certain ideas and dishes. Whether you think of croissants, bœuf bourguignon, or frogs’ legs, you’ll immediately think of something. Nonetheless, there are plenty of French dishes that remain relatively unknown.   more ...

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20 Surprising Facts About France

Posted on Saturday November 07, 2015 (16:32:40)
Image © Massimo Relsig
For centuries, France has been a leading political power and a global centre of culture that has made major contributions to the fields of science, philosophy and the arts. Even today, it remains one of the most powerful countries in the world, with a major influence on global affairs, arts, and culture. Because of its long and varied history, there are a number of quirky facts about France that you may not come across in your average guide book.   more ...

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Living French: One Girl’s Struggle

Posted on Saturday October 31, 2015 (12:50:07)
Dani Hamilton
First, let me paint you a picture… of a very capable, very confident young english woman living in France, who has conquered parking in very tiny spaces, mastered most of the accepted french hand gestures, perfected her ‘moelleux chocolat’, and has an A-Level in french don’t you know!

So finding the pneumologist’s office in a french hospital should be easy, yes? Having rehearsed the line all the way there in the car all that was needed was the finest “Fleur Delacour” accent and all would be well… ‘Je cherche le noomologeeste, s’il vous plait.’ The lady at the help desk looks at me… tut… so I show her the letter with the appointment on it…. ‘Ah le Pnoomolog!!’   more ...

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5 Things No One Tells You About Living In Paris

Posted on Sunday August 09, 2015 (13:21:25)
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Living in Paris is like a dream come true for many expats. Every year, thousands of foreigners from Europe and America move to the “city of love” to live out their fantasy. The weather, scenic beauty and rich culture are some of the main factors that attract people to this place.

However, Paris isn’t just about romantic walks and drinking wine; like any other place, life in this city has its pros and cons.   more ...

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Five Things To Avoid Doing When You Move To France

Posted on Saturday July 18, 2015 (15:26:50)
Image © Dan Brown on Flickr
In spite of its reputation as a place where people can be cold and unwelcoming, France is actually a wonderful place to live. The food, the wine, and the French countryside are all fantastic, and the French people are great if you get to know them and show a little patience and initiative yourself. They’re not as instantly friendly and gregarious as certain other cultures can be towards expats, but with time, you can certainly form friendships and maintain a level of warmth with casual acquaintances.   more ...