Parisian Living

Having a French Name Doesn’t Make You French

When we got the idea to move to France, I thought my problems were over. Yvonne is a French name! People had been asking me if I was French for as long as I could remember, so I pictured myself enfolded into French society, welcomed as a long-lost daughter, among my own people at last. Then I got to France, and that didn’t happen.
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Les Batignolles: A Hidden, Hip, and Authentic Paris Neighborhood

Over the past few years, les Batignolles has been gradually getting hipper and hipper thanks to a steady stream of contemporary restaurants, cool cafés, and creative concept stores. The area is one of the best places to get a taste of authentic
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Living vs. Making a Life: An American in Paris

At the time, the choice was an easy one, and my 13-year-old thought process simple: “Latin’s dead; I don’t like the way German sounds; all the boys are taking Spanish; if you take French you can go to Paris in high school.” I didn’t realize it
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October Events in Paris: Nuit Blanche, Fête des Vendanges, FIAC & More

Autumn comes to Paris in October, when the air gets crisp and golden leaves shine overhead. The season's shorter days leave room for more nighttime fun, which makes this month a perfect host to the popular Nuit Blanche event. October brings
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La Bise: The Art of the French Air Kiss

As a new Parisienne, I was baffled by la bise. I was raised in Texas, where the traditional greeting was a full-contact hug. When I later moved to California, I learned that there were three options for hugs. Then I moved to Paris and much to my
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Peek-a-boo: Mommy & Baby Travel in Paris

I looked forward to my first trip to Paris with June, visions of carrousel rides in Luxembourg Gardens and mother daughter museum visits filled my head. I let my daydreams of Paris trips approach reality as my daughter grew and started to
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6 Ways to Fast Track Learning French in Paris

I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but I personally believe that Paris is starting to outgrow its image of snooty waiters whose demeanor changes the second you utter the word “hello” (or poorly pronounce “bonjour”). And yet, there is no

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Paris September Events: Design Week, Picasso, La Parisienne & More

September marks la rentrée in France, the moment when summer holidays wind down and the French get back to their daily lives. As Parisians return to work or school, the city wakes up from its August lull and offers a wide range of events that
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Paris Like the First Time, Again

Coming back after a lengthy hiatus, so much had changed. I’m living in new neighborhoods, seeing new people, tasting new foods. It’s like the Paris I lived in before was just a postcard, and now I’m seeing the real city for the first time again.
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La Rentrée: Paris Re-Awakens

Paris stretched. It was time to get back to work, and she was ready. Some people need springtime to feel reborn, but Paris just needs La Rentrée.
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The Best Paris Rooftop Bars for Summer Apéros

August in Paris is all about slow living: the nights are long and the apéros are endless. It’s no wonder Parisians flock to rooftop spots around the city to watch the sunset with friends. From the 2nd to the 16th and everywhere in between, here
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Summer in Paris: Top Spots to Tan in the City

For those of us spending summer in Paris, finding a nice spot to tan worry-free can be a struggle. But no fear, we’ve gathered our top picks for tanning spots across the city, whether you prefer in a park, on a reclining chair, or at the beach.
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French Podcasts to Listen to à la Plage

Summer is a time to relax, read a little, get a tan, and of course, listen to podcasts. For francophiles looking for audio to listen to en français this summer, France’s growing podcast scene has something for everyone. From honest stories about