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  • 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 )
  • It Happens Every Year

    By Karen Fawcett

    Karen FawcettIt happens every year, and every year she’s surprised. You’d think she’d be used to the rhythms of Parisian seasons by now, when spring somehow arrives and people emerge from their winter cocoons. On the other hand, not everything remains the same. Bonjour Paris’s publisher Karen Fawcett explains what she’s observed over the past 20 years.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 March 2012 )
  • Part 2: French Hospital Lessons

    By Jeanne Feldman

    I entered Hôpital Bichat on February 4, 2011 and ended up spending nine weeks for tests that, in the end, revealed I had cancer. I also had to have a hip replacement operation on March 8 because the cancer had metastasized onto my bones. In fact, the reason I was admitted to the hospital in the first place was that there were holes in my hipbone.

    I'd like to share four lessons on how to survive a hospital experience in France.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 March 2012 )
  • Part 1: A French Hospital Story

    By Jeanne Feldman

    As far as I'm concerned, my hospital story started on December 1st, 2010 when my Mom passed away in her rest home in New Jersey. I went back to the US for the funeral the beginning of the December and got back to Paris on Dec 18. The day after, Sunday, I decided to go swimming in the municipal pool as I'd done for years.

    It was unusual weather for Paris in winter ­ there was snow on the ground ­ and ice.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 09 April 2012 )
  • French Lesson: Au restaurant – part 4

    By Camille Chevalier-Karfis

    Here are some tips and a few common expressions to help you communicate when going to a restaurant in France. This is the final part of the Au restaurant lessons.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 March 2012 )

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