There’s no shortage when it comes to Christmas Advent calendar ideas. Forget the simple cardboard calendars with dinky little flaps. Christmas Advent calendars have become super fancy and make great gifts. From Advent calendars with chocolate, food, candles, toys, and more, my French advent calendar ideas will help make your holidays all the more merry.
The USA is a huge country, and no matter where you go, you’ll find all types of everyday conveniences that make our lives easier and more efficient. In France, many things we take for granted in the USA are done a little differently. Let’s talk about these French cultural differences.
Any American living in France will notice that tipping in France is different than what they’re used to. Do you tip in France and for what services and how much do you tip in France? The entire culture is different so of course that applies to tipping in France as well. Let’s take a closer look at France tipping culture.
French and American homes look similar enough on the surface. They have front doors, a roof, windows, a kitchen. You…
If you’re into French sweets and culture, you’re in for a literal treat. If you’re new here, I’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes style videos including a bakery series that went viral, as I develop the direction of my channel. In that same vein, I decided to reach out to a local chocolate shop so here’s my French chocolate making video.
You don’t have to go to France to know that the French take mealtime seriously. From seeking out quality ingredients…
Then I moved to France and was introduced to la bouilloire and oh, how I love it. Is the electric tea kettle the best kitchen invention ever? I’d argue oui. Let’s talk about electric tea kettles in France and all the electric kettle uses.
How’s it going? I’m popping in today to say a quick hello and to share my latest French culture videos on YouTube with you. My YouTube channel is all about everyday French life and beyond and I cover French language tutorials, travel, and what it’s like as a foreigner in France (not Paris!).
France is known for its wine, so if you find yourself at a winery sipping up a bit of culture, you’ll want to read on. To make the most of your visit, keep my tips for visiting a winery in France in mind.
One of my readers left a comment that got me thinking. Julie wrote, “What is it about France that allows us to slow down and really appreciate the smaller things in life? I find I get excited about things that I wouldn’t even give a second thought to at home and I find myself doing things I wouldn’t think possible.” Why does France allow us to slow down and appreciate the small things? Or does it? Will a move abroad make you enjoy life more? Should it?
A morning walking around a French marché is time well spent. Whether you’re in a big city or a small…
Happy Friday! Just checking in toady to share my FIRST France Facebook Live broadcast with you. I went for a walk yesterday around a town here in the Maine-et-Loire department of France. We popped by a wine shop, women’s clothing store, bakery, and a few more places. To my surprise, everyone wanted to keep going so the broadcast lasted 90 minutes!
Tom’s here to tell us about French workplace greetings and how they might differ from what you’re used to in the office at home. Or maybe not. Let’s get to it…
Most of the time, respecting the culture and doing the right thing are one and the same. Other times, it’s not so clear. As a foreigner, it’s hard to always know if you’re doing the right thing and if the way you’ve lived you life up until now counts in the same way it did back home.
Pancakes in Paris tells us the story of how the American-style diner in the City of Light became a roaring success one pancake at a time. And what a story it is…
Looking for some good French culture stories? If you’re new here, you might have missed these stories that have made their home way back in my blog’s archives. So pour yourself a beverage and cozy up….
I’ve been living in France now for over 5 years, and little by little, it’s been changing me. These changes have crept up on me, and now looking back, I’ve noticed some distinct areas where living abroad has molded me into a model foreigner. Why is this the case and how did it happen?
Every now and then, the French language tickles me when I come across a fun-to-pronounce word or a word that’s just delightful to my ear. The other day, Tom and I were watching a news problem when les aoûtiens flashed across the screen. Not knowing what the word meant but having an idea from the context, my ears perked up.
Everything is constantly changing around us, including the people. Our environment factors in to how we adapt and evolve and sometimes it’s for the best. I’ve been in France now for 5 years and life in France has changed my life for the better in ways big and small. French culture, language learning and more have made me a more open person.
I’m surprised this funny exchange about French bread took 5 years to happen. At first, I wasn’t sure if it…