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paris apartments

The Ins and Outs to Legally Rent Out Your Paris Apartment

Ever get that suspicious look when mentioning you rent out your Paris apartment? I mean, you have an apartment in Paris and you’re paying for it. Isn’t what you do with it your business?
French dinner party

How to Survive Your First French Dinner Party

When the French invite you to dinner in their home for the first time, it can feel like passing an entrance exam. French etiquette coach Marie de Tilly gives her sage advice on how to make sure you make the best first impression.
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.
Dealing with French Bureaucracy

French Bureaucracy: How to Tackle it With the Right Dossier

Before moving to France, my husband and I had heard horror stories of the French bureaucracy that would torture us on arrival. We encountered our first taste of it at the French Consulate in Los Angeles, then decided to figure out the rest once we got to Paris. I spent hours on the internet preparing for our move hoping to avoid some of the stress. Along the way, I discovered the dossier – an essential for navigating French bureaucracy.
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.
French insults

French Insults: What are they, how bad can they get and how to react?

Ever been insulted on the streets of Paris? These tips from a former police officer can help keep French insults from ruining your day.
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.