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An Expat Guide To The Arrondissements Of Paris

Posted on Friday February 12, 2016 (17:17:29)
© 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 (15:31:16)

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 (14:51:35)
© 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 (17:32:40)
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 (13:50:07)
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)
Image © Spixey on Flickr
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 ...

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Fed Up Of Life In France As An Expat? Try These Suggestions!

Posted on Wednesday July 08, 2015 (15:49:33)
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Expats sometimes experience a feeling of being fed up with the expat life, and many may yearn to return home. Although not all expats go through this, it can crop up suddenly, especially among those who have been living abroad for some time.

If you’re living in France and getting that feeling of expat fatigue, don’t leave just yet. Try these suggestions and you just might change your mind.   more ...

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5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Paris

Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2015 (15:43:39)
Image © Pierre-Francois on Flickr
Paris is one of the most elegant and sophisticated cities in the world. The River Seine, which flows through the heart of the city, and the thirty-two bridges across it; the architecturally brilliant city squares; and the many grand monuments are all testament to a rich cultural heritage.

But apart from the aesthetic appeal, Paris also offers some practical benefits, such as excellent business opportunities due to the robust economy.   more ...

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Etiquette Faux Pas In France: How Not To Act

Posted on Friday April 24, 2015 (03:11:04)

France is a land of great cultural diversity. The heart of the country, the city of Paris, is a perfect reflection of this with its mix of people and ideas. But like every other country in the world, there are some inherent cultural customs that are practised by the locals. These social practices date back many years and foreigners may not always be aware of them. Expats will find that social etiquette and formalities are more emphasized in the north of the country, especially in Paris. They are more relaxed as you travel to the south of France. Here are some common etiquette faux pas that may occur in France and some tips on how to avoid them.   more ...