Pandemic aside, this past year has been the most difficult of my entire life. This summer, I spent a month and a half in the U.S. with my family because two of my relatives had terminal cancer and I hadn't seen them since November 2019. One passed away a week after I left last time and my mom just ... Read More about It’s been 1 week since my mom died
When I first moved to France, it was SO difficult to find American products. Aside from specialty websites that import American food items, everyday things like canned pumpkin, peanut butter, and even regular size semisweet chocolate chips were hard to come by back in the day. Don't get me wrong -- ... Read More about Favorite French products in USA grocery stores?
When I first came to France, I'd hear people cheerily greet each other with "coucou" and I didn't think it was French at first. To me, "coucou" sounded like a cuckoo clock or like you were calling someone crazy, not a friendly greeting. Besides, wasn't bonjour how you said hello in France? I quickly ... Read More about Coucou meaning in English: How to use this informal word
The information shared below is up to date as of September 1, 2021. Life around the world has been far from normal for well over a year and a half now. From lockdowns and quarantines and closed borders to now digital health passes, life in France as we know it was more like a dystopian ... Read More about Is France safe for tourists to visit? Should you travel now?
If you grow up in one area of the world, you become very accustomed to how to behave socially there. You know what's normal and what's a no-no. Upon visiting other areas of the world, we learn that social norms can be majorly different and we aren't always aware of them. What we do at home doesn't ... Read More about Avoid these American social norms that don’t translate to French culture
When I was back in Florida last month, I fielded some interesting questions from my fellow Americans. I've written before about the things French people frequently ask me, but let's get into the questions I got from Americans. ... Read More about Big questions Americans ask me after learning I’m an expat in France
For as long as I can remember, I've felt things deeply, both good and bad. I'm affected by what others are going through, I have to turn away from violent movies and even boxing matches, have strong intuition, simple things are incredibly beautiful to me, I understand others deeply and can see both ... Read More about Are you a highly sensitive person too?
Bonjour, tout le monde! How is everyone? How's your summer going? I'm now back in France after having been in Florida for about a month and a half, the longest I've ever been away from France since moving over 9 years ago. Between medical appointments, errands, and seeing family, I've been up and ... Read More about Life lately: The good, bad & the ugly
Today's post is from my friend Molly Wilkinson, an American pastry chef who just came out with an amazing French pastry cookbook titled "French Pastry Made Simple" that you need in your life. Here are her top French pastry recommendations... but why not try them all? Buying them is perfectly ... Read More about Mouthwatering French pastry recommendations
The first time I wore compression socks was two years ago on a long-haul flight. If you had asked me about compression socks before then, I would have told you they were for people with health problems. But compression socks have come a long way in terms of style and functionality. Whether you're ... Read More about Why you need to wear compression socks when you fly