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Picture this: Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

It’s no secret: I adore gin.  While some people dedicate their lives and their taste buds to rum — yes, I’m talking ’bout you K — I enjoy a glass of gin now and then.  Not much quenches my thirst or preps my taste buds better than a well-crafted gin & tonic.  (Dare I admit […]

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Get used to it

In my post last Wednesday I wrote about les français and their love of paperwork.  I’m learning to come to terms with the mass of paper that I’m likely to receive.  I realize that I may need to keep every single piece of paper the government sends me forever.  This is France after all.  Get used to it, […]

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Paperwork à la française

In this digital age it still surprises me at how much paper and paperwork the French like to dole out.  Ask any expat, regardless of country of origin, how much paperwork they’ve had to collect and/or provide and with their response will come some eye-rolling or head-shaking look of exasperation. It’s a little known fact and […]

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The It Factor

Apparently I’ve got ‘it’.  That certain je ne sais quoi.  That certain indefinable ‘it’ that drives men crazy.  Yes, 65+ year-old Parisian men. On our last trip to Paris, while D attended his business meetings, I opted for a leisurely lunch at a bistro on avenue des Ternes before heading to Place de l’Étoile to […]

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Embracing French

Much like the weather in Nice the past two days, I’ve been a bit depressed.  We’re not talking clinical depression or anything; I’ve just been feeling low and without energy.  It happens to even the happiest among us.  Really, all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed and let the day pass.  I […]

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I ken nut bee buzz erd

D and I are back in Toronto and that means I get to speak English again.  So, with the English language in mind, today’s post is dedicated to a few English words that have found their way into everyday French.     1. cheez keck:  have you tried ordering cheese cake in France yet?  What a trip.  The […]

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Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?

When you think about or plan your move to France you think of Paris.  You think of the City of Lights, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe.  And maybe you think about speaking and/or learning French. Depending on your age and your level of determination you may find learning French relatively easy.  It’s not the […]

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