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  • A City Gone to the Dogs

    By Emily Hunt

    If you are considering taking a European sojourn with your dog then Paris is your ideal destination.  With its warm community of over 160,000 dog-owners, and long-founded appreciation of canine culture, the city of lights is a veritable pooch paradise.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 September 2013 )
  • Eat Petite in France

    By Debbi K. Kickham

    It’s hard enough to watch your weight at home – but in France, the home of croissants and fromage, it is even harder. Even if you start your trip looking like Catherine Deneuve – you just might give into temptation and wind up as Gerard Depardieu. That said, I have uncovered some great ways to watch your weight when in France, so that you can still fit into your chic clothes.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 July 2012 )
  • Rain in Paris and then What?

    By Karen Fawcett

    It’s always romantic in Paris—even in the rain? Well, not quite, if you live here or are visiting for a few days, then you have to wonder. This past April and May were two months when people couldn’t avoid discussing the weather, and the consensus was that Paris in the rain is preferable to not coming here at all.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 June 2012 )
  • Do You Want to Live in Paris? If so, Learn the Rules

    By Karen Fawcett

    Karen FawcettDo you want to live in France and most especially Paris? It’s amazing how many people say yes when they have no compelling reason to relocate. If you decide to make the move, bring these three essentials with you: Don’t be rigid, have unrealistic expectations and probably the most important thing is to maintain a sense of humor. BonjourParis' Karen Fawcett talks about moving to France, expat life and the necessity of being prepared to encounter cultural differences...

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 May 2012 )
  • Lesson: Asking for Directions and Avoiding Scams

    By Camille Chevalier-Karfis

    In this lesson, you will learn how to ask for directions in French and how to avoid being a victim of a scam. As a foreigner in a big city, you kind of have a "target" sign on your forehead. But you can escape the arrow.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 May 2012 )
  • May in Paris

    By Karen Fawcett

    Karen FawcettIf you live in France, you’re the first to admit the month of May is pretty much a non-month because of the four official holidays. Should that keep you from coming?  Absolutelly not. The weather is generally lovely and museums are open with the exception of May 1st. But, as is the case during August, there are so many other things to do and to see. And, let’s face it, you can only do so much in one day.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 May 2012 )
  • Finding a Babysitter in Paris

    By Nicole Smith

    As all parents know, watching children is work, so as you begin planning your trip to Paris this season with the kids, chances are high that you will want some much-deserved "grown-up" time. Luckily, Paris is a city that is more-than-ready to accommodate your needs. There are several routes you can take to finding a great babysitter--either for just a night of dinner and drinks or someone to aid you during the entire trip.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 October 2013 )
  • Heading to France with your children en Vacance? Getting there can be half the fun.

    By Consuelo Bova

    As the Spring-time draws to a close and the mild temps draw us outside to enjoy the breeze and blue skies, our thoughts drift to what else? Our upcoming Summer vacations! If your itinerary (or even just your daydreams) include a stop in France with your children, a little advance introduction to French language and culture can help your family make the most of this exciting time.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 April 2012 )
  • Part 3: Maison de Répos (A French Hospital Story)

    By Jeanne Feldman

    When they released me from Hôpital Bichat on April 8, 2011 where I had been since February 4, and had been diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t go home right away because I was still recovering from hip replacement surgery. I was sent to a “Maison de Répos” or convalescence home. I was a little wary since the “maison” they found me was not in Paris, but part of a private clinic, La Clinique du Grande Stade in Saint Denis.  NOTE: “Maison de Répos” is part 3 (of 4) of the "A French Hospital Story" series recalling Jeanne Feldman's personal experiences within the French medical system and lessons on how to survive.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 April 2012 )
  • Picnicking in Paris: A Piece of Cake

    By Emily Hunt

    As the spring season fast approaches, there seems to be unconscious agreement that dropping everything to bask in a tepid spot of sunshine is a completely self-justified and rational human response. Deadlines and other commitments pale when compared to the striking radiance of that soft patch of grass in the middle-distance. On such occasions, a lazy Parisian pique-nique stands as not only a means of further indulging this simple pleasure but the fullest exorcism of winter blues available.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 March 2012 )

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