Quiet Corners of Paris
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Quiet Corners of Paris

Quiet Corners of Paris is a beautifully illustrated peek into eighty-one often overlooked, always beautiful, locales: hidden villas, winding lanes, little-known 19th-century passages, serene gardens, and cobblestone courtyards. Some of the places have breathtaking views, others are filled with historic and architectural details, from stone archways, garden follies, boxwood mazes, ornamental statuary, and stained glass … Continue reading

The New Yorker: We’ll Always Have Ridiculous Parisian Tourist Guides
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The New Yorker: We’ll Always Have Ridiculous Parisian Tourist Guides

Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry has partnered with its Regional Tourism Council to create a guide for the hospitality sector, “Do You Speak Touriste.” Economic recession is back upon France, and shopkeepers, hotel owners, and restaurateurs have little reason to perpetuate the stereotype of the snobby frog. The local government is trying to help, … Continue reading

The Rooster Has Landed
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The Rooster Has Landed

At What age should you consider expatriation? As with all great beginnings, there will be a historic moment, a fateful date, when you will land. You will soon find out that the excellent lessons of this book apply to you differently depending on what age you are on that remarkable day of your American arrival. … Continue reading

Was it Love at First sight? How to Date an American.
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Was it Love at First sight? How to Date an American.

The Pilgrim’s progress of Sex demonstrateshow standard processes compare in the United States and France. This flowchart is a blueprint for dating that might lead to Serious Sex. Excerpt from chapter 6 – Women Forever in Make it Big in the USA Just because You are French, Jean-Pierre Ledauphin, 2012. Translation by Wallace B. Thompson Read more excerpts on … Continue reading

Me So Wanna Be Freshly Pressed
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Me So Wanna Be Freshly Pressed

 Oh, I so wanna be freshly pressed. Please Oh please press me Mrs. WordPress! I will be a good blogger, I swear. I’ll smile a lot, I’ll write answers to comments, I’ll comment on my comments on your comments, I’ll link back aplenty and send loads of likes to fellow bloggers, I will be so … Continue reading

Hey, Le Monde, You Suck Too!
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Hey, Le Monde, You Suck Too!

The French take proper spelling very seriously. It starts in school, with the traditional exercise of the dictation. You lose half a point out of 20 if you miss an accent, one point if you misspell a noun, and two points if you make a grammatical mistake. If spelling is really not your thing, you may literally collect an ego-crushing 0/20 … Continue reading