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First Fête des Mères

Today is mother’s day in France. I am so happy to now carry the beautiful title of « mother » and have a special day.


I get to spend the day living up to this title and take care of my little Bébé Chéri. He’s the cutest thing and my favorite person in the world, so it makes the job so sweet and delightful. But…

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#Liberty Takes a hit in the heart of Paris – #JeSuisCharlie

I’m sure all of the readers of this blog know about the events in Paris that began the morning of January 7th 2015 when terrorist assassins murdered 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in the 11th arrondissement.


This newspaper publication was the focus of previous attacks because of the cartoons that they published making satire of islamist extremists and their prophet. (For the record, the newspaper published cartoon satire on other religions, political figures etc…). A far left-leaning newspaper that upheld the values of liberty of expression, many members of their writing and four of their main cartoonists were shot dead by two gunmen.

But all the details of the events can be found in the news.

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Paris Loves Tourists!

Rue du TrésorParisians may grumble about them, but then tourists grumble about Parisians, so it’s only fair! 😉 But I’ll let you in on a little secret… Paris loves its tourists! Really??? you ask? Well, it’s only because they bring an enourmous amount of business to a country that is leaning more and more towards a services industry. Besides luxury, tourism is one of France’s big resources. +70% of the active populatin works in the service industry, which includes everything related to tourism. And Paris, being the most visited city in the world, really needs to open up its heart to tourists. We need them.
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Âllo Quoi!

I have been here in France for more than ten years now….and over that time I have learned a few things about phone calls and courtesy. Often times, foreigners (being one myself I can speak from experience) have a harder time communicating over the phone. Especially understanding the person on the other end of the line. Perfecting that comes with practice. Another thing that comes with practice is finding the right words to use over the phone. I feel I have come to a point where I can perfectly manage phone calls using all the French courtesies and phrases that I have so diligently added to my repertoire over the past decade.


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Chéri je t’aime ♥

Photo : Keith Pitts Photography
Photo : Keith Pitts Photography

It’s Valentine’s day…  ♥

Ever since leaving the United States, I stopped making it a big deal. I didn’t boycott it though, even in my years as a single girl. That would be too drastic.

But Valentine’s day has never been a huge commercialized event in France. Well, until now. Most of the shop windows are sprouting V-day décor, and everyone and their brother is offering a Valentine’s day special. The Hallmark holidays are here to stay I think in France. They have seen what great commercial profit that can be.

Chéri and I have always done a little something…be it a dinner out together, or a dinner in together, or a little gift… But nothing too extravagant. And I just can’t go back to buying into too much of that over-commercialized-almost-forced declaration of love. I prefer to tell him EVERY day… Continue reading Chéri je t’aime ♥

French Spirit

French spirit

Sometimes, I like to be reminded that the French are proud of being French… You know how they are known to be « râleur » as we say in French (loud complainers). So it’s good to see a little French pride once in a while! Often it takes a sports game to brig out that national spirit, and that’s just fine as it is an innocent and festive reason to display such sentiments! Continue reading French Spirit

Paris Wedding Wednesday : the DIY address to remember!

prete moi parisPlanning a wedding in Paris France is full of obstacles. How MANY times have I heard the phrase, « oh we just don’t do that here ».  This is from the mentality here that one that offers a product or service for what most « normal » people do or get for their wedding. There seems to be a sort of cultural agreement that everybody has the same things at their weddings, with perhaps a variation on the quality of the things depending on the couple’s budget. Well the budget quality here is often deplorable for my taste, and I don’t want to have what everybody else has, so I rely in DIY! Besides, I am a creative person and would quite frankly rather create things myself, than go buy them (when possible within the limits of my creative talents).

So this penchant for DIY has led me to seek out some VERY useful addresses in this city, where….let me tell you….nothing is cheap ESPECIALLY for wedding planning! As soon as you say the word « mariage« , people blink their eyes and then you see €uro signs where their pupils once were. Le sigh…

So since I learned how to share in kindergarten, I am blogging about these wonderful places for you! Continue reading Paris Wedding Wednesday : the DIY address to remember!

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