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living in France

10 Quirky Things I’ve Discovered About Living in France

From banks with no cash to square pillowcases, an American chef and blogger shares the odd things she's noticed about life in France.
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Invite Yourself into a Parisian Stranger’s Home for Dinner

For a taste of authentic French food and warm hospitality, forget the restaurant and try visiting a Parisian home for dinner.
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!
Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel: A Perfect Weekend Getaway from Paris

Mont Saint Michel, with its gravity-defying, Gothic Abbey sits along the northwestern Normandy coastline, and is an easy overnight or weekend getaway from Paris. Michelle Beary shares highlights from her recent trip to the UNESCO world heritage site
Mimi Thorisson cooking workshop

My Amazing Week in Mimi Thorisson’s Kitchen in France

3 Canadians take a trip to Médoc for a cooking workshop and find magic in the rustic kitchen and world of Mimi Thorisson.
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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.
Paris for Seniors

Meet Genevieve Spicer: Ensuring Seniors Have a Blast in Paris

If you’re thinking of a trip to Paris after retirement or if your elderly parents or grandparents are hitting town for the first time, how best to plan this visit? Meet Genevieve Spicer, who knows how to make sure seniors have a whopping good time in Paris.
Five Flights Up book cover

Book Excerpt – Five Flights Up: Sex, Love and Family, from Paris to Lyon

In her second book, "Five Flights Up", author and psychotherapist Kristin Louise Duncombe writes candidly and touchingly about uprooting her life, again, for her husband's career. Here's a preview ...
View of Annecy from dock

How to House Swap Abroad with a Simple E-mail

I’ve always wanted my children to be more familiar with their American culture... So, I did what any red-blooded Pittsburgh-born mother of three Frenchies would do: I waged a year-long campaign with my husband to live in the U.S. for one year.
trip to France

Should I Cancel My Trip to France?

Wondering whether it's safe to visit France after a series of terrorist attacks? Here's a reassuring reality check from our security consultant.