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French Healthcare system

American Mom in Paris: Cracking the French Healthcare System

How does the French Healthcare system work? What did my husband and I learn about our health coverage when we had to resolve our older daughter's hearing issues? We learned A LOT about how to ensure our family is covered when faced with any health concern.
career abroad

Expat Life: Write Your Own Career Narrative Abroad

Tips on how to take charge of your own story and make the most of new opportunities for an exciting and fulfilling career abroad.
how to pack

How to Pack for a Stress-Free Holiday

Does the sight of suitcases make you break out in a cold sweat? Check out these tips on how to pack to make vacation preparation as painless as possible.
house swap

Tips for a Transcontinental Year-Long House Swap (What?)

Moving, like most anyone knows, is a complicated matter. Especially when there isn’t a big corporate entity helping you out. When you swap your home with someone else for an entire year it becomes even more complicated. For anyone considering a year-long, transcontinental house swap with your family, and largely without outside support, then this is the post for you!
business idea

Career Advice: Launching a Business Idea is Like Preparing a Perfect Meal

Developing a business idea is a lot like cooking - for best results, pick the right ingredients, showcase your skills and respond to the consumer's needs.
burglary prevention

Best Police Tips to Prevent Burglaries

In 2014, 378,776 burglaries were reported in France alone. Luckily, security experts know a few secrets that can help limit your risk of burglaries, starting with these tips.
host a French dinner

How to Host a French Dinner Party – When You Can’t Cook

Even if you don't know your confit from your cassoulet, you can host a French dinner with style by following these easy-to-master culinary tips.
tips for hosting visitors to Paris

5 Tips to Handle the Onslaught of Visitors to Paris

Every year, approximately 46 million visitors will walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Paris, and when you live in Paris, you sometimes feel like you are personally responsible for about half of them. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it is true that when you live in the City of Light, everyone you know will want to visit at some point, and you’ll find that once the spring season has begun, your spare couch will suddenly become the busiest hotel in the city.
Paris on a budget

Living the Ideal Lifestyle in Paris on a Budget

An American student gives her tips and tricks for living her ideal Francophile life to the fullest while navigating Paris on a budget.
Roland Garros tickets

Tennis Fan: How to Snag Best Last Minute Seats at Roland Garros

Dying to see the top seed, world-class tennis players battle it out on the famous clay courts at Roland Garros? A die-hard tennis fan shares her insider secrets to snagging the best seats at the French Open in Paris – even at the last minute.