Tom, my in-laws, and I just got home from spending a relaxing week down in French Basque Country. It was our first time there and we rented an apartment on Plum Guide just a short walk from the beach in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. If you've never heard of Plum Guide, think of them as an Airbnb alternative ... Read More about Plum Guide review: Why this Airbnb alternative is worth a look
If you're like me, getting quality sleep is really important to you. I've always been an early riser, love taking naps, and getting eight hours of sleep per night is a must. I don't think I ever pulled an all-nighter in college and I'd rather wake up at 6 a.m. than go to bed after midnight. Part of ... Read More about La Chambre Paris: French sheets you didn’t know you needed!
A few years ago, I wrote a post about 17 things you can do in France but not the USA and the reverse post titled 22 things you can do in the USA but not France. They were a lot of fun so today, I’m back with another eight things you can do in the USA but not in France. Let’s get right into ... Read More about 8 MORE things you can do in the USA but NOT France
As an American, when I think about taking a trip somewhere, I first think of flying or driving to my destination. But in France, train travel is actually one of the most popular ways to get from point A to B. Whether you’re a commuter or looking to go on vacation, France’s railway system is a ... Read More about Quick guide to train travel in France (plus where to buy tickets)
As I write this, it's April 20, 2022. It's been a little over six months since my mom died and a bit over a month since we lost our beloved dog, Dagny. This past year hasn't been easy and the past six months have been the most challenging of my entire life. I want to continue the grief conversation ... Read More about 5 Surprising side effects of grief I didn’t expect
When you think of popular French boy names, which ones come to mind? Pierre, Francois, Michel, Arnaud? Names like that? Do you know any unique French boy names? Well, whether you're looking for French baby boy names for inspiration or just want to be more familiar with popular French names for boys ... Read More about 250 Popular boy names in France from 1910 through today
A visit to a French marché is a cultural experience and you can't show up empty handed (or go home empty handed either). Do market day like the French do and be sure to bring a sturdy bag, basket, or cart with you. Transport your yummy finds in style with some of my top French market bags and basket ... Read More about My picks for the best French market bags & baskets
The information shared below is up to date as of March 16, 2022. Life around the world has been far from normal for well over two years. From lockdowns and quarantines to now the war in Ukraine, life in Europe as we know it has been more like a dystopian novel than reality. But the reality right ... Read More about Is it safe to travel to France now with the war in Ukraine? My thoughts.
Over the years on my blog and YouTube channel, I've talked about French social norms and mentioned that small talk isn't as prevalent in France. The French make a distinction between the public versus private sphere (more on that below) and it can be confusing for outsiders. This unwritten rule is a ... Read More about How do you get to know French people if small talk isn’t a thing?
I moved to France in 2012 and you know what they say about hindsight being 20/20. You've heard the saying “you live, you learn” and I believe every choice I’ve made has led me to where I am now. I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made. We try, we make mistakes and then we grow from them. We ... Read More about What I’d do differently if I were moving to France today