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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.
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10 Quirky Things I’ve Discovered About Living in France

When you move to a different country, things are all shiny and new. I remember my mom telling me when I was young that you took a baby on a walk to help them fall asleep because they get overwhelmed with all the new sensory experiences. It was a bit like that when I moved to Paris. Things pop up that I find, um, well, interesting!
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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.
Guedelon: a medieval chateau in the making

Archaeological Challenge: Building a Real Medieval Chateau Today

If you're looking for an amazing day or weekend trip in France, treat yourself to a 2-hour drive east of Paris for a unique experience in castle building. Guédelon is a real medieval château being built from scratch in the heart of a forest in Burgundy.
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!
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Being a Tour Guide in the City of Light Under the Threat of Terrorism

Since the attacks on Paris last year, I’m often asked what it’s like to be a tour guide in a city that is under threat of terrorism, and whenever I’m asked this, a lot of answers come to mind.
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 ...
Paris in August

5 Reasons to Love Paris in the Month of August

46 million visitors hit Paris every year, with many arriving during the peak summer tourist season. Yet, during the month of August, people IN Paris find it easier to get around because many locals are OUT of the city.
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.
Heather Stimmler-Hall

Up Close With the Woman Behind “Secrets of Paris” and “Naughty Paris”

Who can resist learning the “Secrets of Paris”? And who knows them better than Heather Stimmler-Hall, the creative founder of an extraordinarily popular website and unique French tours. Heather began writing about the City of Light on the Internet when few of us even knew what a blog was.