Along with the million and one things to worry about while moving countries, I also faced the intimidating prospect of meeting my (then future) French mother-in-law, Maria.Luckily, all my consternations were for naught. Turns out, we were a match made in heaven: I love to eat and she loves to feed. Here I am sharing… …read more

When beginning life from scratch in a new country, or simply attempting to learn a new language, a sense of humor goes a long way. Even more so when the city in question is Paris, and the language happens to be French. And every now and then, when I need to feel validated about the… …read more

As une femme d’une certain âge, I thought I’d seen it all in the gentleman-caller department. Here are some things that I learned when I first got to know un français, up close and personal. …read more

At the end of each year, we normally feature the new restaurants, expositions, and bonnes adresses that enliven the Paris landscape, but most of us couldn’t pay a visit to any of these beloved places this year. So instead, we brought the best of Parisian and French culture to your home. Here’s a rundown of… …read more

Whether you’re a Francophile, trying to learn French, or both, here are my favorite French films you can watch on Netflix. …read more

After spending many years perfecting her French, teacher extraordinaire Carrie Anne James left her native California and took her French-teaching business French is Beautiful to Paris. Her warm smile makes her approachable as we discovered during an afternoon with Carrie Anne, who lets us in on her perfect day in Paris. …read more

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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 doubt that learning a bit of French is going to be worth… …read more

As a Francophile from a very young age and a frustrated practitioner of French for the past 18 months, my relationship with French is very complicated. Here are some reflections after months of navigating the French language, for those who are considering the same (or regretting their decision to do so). …read more