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fish

Man in the Kitchen: A Symbol of Peace and Friendship

As I write this with Paris on my mind, I am staring at a view of the San Bernardino Mountains from the desert in eastern California. Christmas lights ring the palm trees on El Paseo. The holidays are in the air. At a time when suspicion reigns supreme I wonder what good tidings could I possibly bring? This of course led me to think about salmon.
french woman returns home

Bienvenue en France! French Woman Returns Home Feeling Like an Expat

After a decade in the US, a French woman returns home to face the challenges and beauty of rediscovering her roots in France.
getting divorced

Help! I’m Getting Divorced! What Do I Do About the Money?

Avoid financial woes after getting divorced with these helpful tips from Justine Trueman, a specialist on expat women and money issues.
getting married in France

Paris Plunge: Hot Off the Press-Engaged and Planning a Wedding in France!

After just three months in France, I feel like my story is just getting started. There’s no way I want to limit myself to one country or the other – I want both! So my Frenchman and I are getting married in France. But I'm getting ahead of myself. As with all things French, there are a lot of hoops to jump through before you get to walk down that aisle.
divorce

Le Divorce in France: Part 1 – Hard Facts and Painful Truths

Even in a country known for romance, half of all marriages fail. In the first of a three-part series, get valuable tips on “le divorce” in France.
sex

Do It The French Way – They Don’t Call it the French Kiss for Nothing, Right?

Looking for ways to spice up your sex life? Take these tips from the French to slow things down, turn up the heat and learn the language of love.
parent letting go of child

Motherhood Diaries: When Letting Go of Your Child is Hard to Do

Recently, my daughter had her first ever rentrée –an initiation to a ritual every mom faces. My 14-month-old simply started going to a childminder, and while Alice is taking the rentrée in her stride it doesn’t mean that I am. I’m experiencing a host of classic feelings.
dating a French man

How a Broken Heart Led to a Love Affair with Paris

When this woman fell in love with a French man she moved to Paris and found heartbreak but also gained more than she ever expected.

Making Friends in the City of Light When You’re New on the Scene

How do you make friends when you move to Paris? Moving to a new city is like changing high schools in the middle of the year. Everyone already knows each other and have formed their own cliques, leaving you naturally on the outside. So, what do you do when you want to get in with the popular kids? You find out where they hang out!
moving to Paris

Paris Plunge: 5 Things I Learned When I Moved to Paris

I've learned a lot in a short time here in France. And not just about France, either. I’ve learned about myself, what kind of strength and resolve I might have even when I can’t see it, about my friends and family, and about risks being worth it even if they’re scary.