Bienvenue! Happy to have you here!
I’m Diane and my blog Oui In France launched in May 2012! Who am I? Well, I’m an American who lives in western France with my French husband, Tom, and sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dagny. I’m dog obsessed, a fitness enthusiast, travel lover, and Francophile to start off. This blog has come to life as an outlet for wherever life takes us. The large majority of my posts will have something to do with France, the French language, French culture and what it’s like living abroad. You’ll also see a sprinkling of dog topics, healthy living, shopping, and whatever else is on my mind — often with a dose of humor.
Originally from New Jersey, I moved to France in December 2011 after getting married. I write because it’s one creative outlet I’ve stuck with over the years and it’s become something I enjoy more than anything. I want to tell you all about the things that make me smile — and the things that don’t… because if you can’t tell it like it is on your blog, where can you?
I’m an easily entertained homebody, love baking, adore online shopping, live in workout clothes, and try to keep it real. I hope you’ll get a laugh here, identify with things going on in my life and maybe learn a thing or two about navigating life abroad, language learning, and French culture. I aim to inspire, inform, and entertain my readers. We’re in this together!
If you want to know more of the backstory that brought me here, click over to this post.
I also launched the Oui In France shop featuring Francophile t-shirts and totes designed by me and brought to life with the help of a local French artist in early 2017. Check ’em out!
This cutie is Tom. He’s my husband who is the most amazing man in the world. Yeah, that’s cliché, but it’s true. Tom is open-minded and easy going, and although he never had a dog before, he was open to the idea of getting Dagny after we got married — and he loves her as much as I do. For that, I’ll be forever grateful. He’s stereotypically French: dresses “smart,” loves his cheese course and desserts with every meal, and appreciates the finer things in life. His dream car is an Aston Martin Vantage. He also has his own series on the blog called Ask Tom Tuesdays where he answers your questions about all things French. Oh, and he has a cool accent!
Meet Dagny, a part-time writer and food critic who likes helping me with my day job. Either that or she just likes stealing my pens. Anyway, she’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and was born in September of 2011. She is our baby and I don’t know what life would be like without her. On most days, she can be found soaking up the sun, chewing up tissues, or curled up next to me on the couch.
To wrap this up, I’m truly thankful for where my life has taken me. Did I ever think I’d be married and living in France? No. Is living in France a piece of cake? No. I know I’m extremely fortunate to be where I am and I don’t take anything for granted. I wouldn’t change my life for anything. So read my blog to get a laugh, to gain insight into life in France, for tips on healthy living abroad, and to see what we’re up to.
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