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Becoming French 101: How to Live and Work in France

Making Magique & Janellie

During my recent visit to the U.S., my sister told everyone that I live in Paris just to marvel at their reactions.

“Just stick a dagger in my heart, why don’t you,” came the response from a cosmetics salesman. “I’d give anything to live in Paris…” It garnered me bonus points in San Francisco’s chic boutiques and even scored us a table at an impossible-to-book restaurant. “My sister’s just in from Paris… hoping you might have something for us at eight?” Pas de problème.


Every expat who lives here knows the feeling. Why? Because Paris is the culmination of our romantic dreams, the city upon which we project our fantasies of a life well lived. We’re the lucky ones who’ve somehow pulled it off. But how?

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Insider Paris: Linda Donahue’s Parisien Salon

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A self-proclaimed wanderer and observer, Linda Donahue knows how to make herself at home. A writer and photographer by trade, Linda has built a career around roaming, exploring, and simply getting to know the ins-and-outs of cities around the world. Her latest project is Parisien Salon, a recently launched online magazine that aims to create a “virtual Paris” that will transport readers to the city and offer resources for those planning actual journeys. As with all of her projects, Linda prioritizes quality over quantity, and she is determined to provide her readers—both remote and local—with a true insider’s view of Paris. After five years in development, Parisien Salon launched in May of 2009, and with new features being added all the time, we can’t wait to see how the site develops! Continue Reading »

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