Poppy in Paris: City Tips from an Adventurous Au Pair

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Poppy in Paris: City Tips from an Adventurous Au Pair
Inspired by France’s rich heritage, I moved to Paris as an au pair in August 2022. Au pair programs are a wonderful way of immersing yourself in a new country and sharing everyday life with a local family. Having gained a degree in theology and religion with Arabic from the University of Exeter, I am passionate about learning languages and experiencing new cultures. When I’m not working, I love to explore everything that Paris has to offer, from exhibitions and museums to restaurants and second-hand clothing stores. Follow along in my new Bonjour Paris column as I uncover some hidden gems and provide city recommendations.
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Lead photo credit : La Seine. Photo credit: Rinat Abdullin/ Flickr

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Inspired by the rich culture that France has to offer, Poppy Pearce moved to Paris as an au pair in August 2022. Having gained a degree in Theology and Religion with Arabic from the University of Exeter, Poppy has a passion for languages and experiencing new cultures. When she’s not working, Poppy loves to explore everything that Paris has to offer, from exhibitions and museums, to restaurants and second-hand clothing stores.

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  • Fran Bellairs
    2022-12-07 01:43:12
    Fran Bellairs
    Thanks for such an interesting column Poppy. You have given me more suggestions to add to an ever growing list for my next Paris visit (it's a long way from Australia)! Looking forward to future columns from you.

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  • Lisa Bryant
    2022-12-03 03:08:44
    Lisa Bryant
    Poppy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your articles and felt excited as I read each one while envisioning myself visiting and dining at the places that you wrote about!

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    •  Poppy Pearce
      2022-12-03 09:54:06
      Poppy Pearce
      Hi Lisa! I am so glad you enjoyed reading my article. Thank you!

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  • Dave Doolittle
    2022-12-02 04:10:02
    Dave Doolittle
    Loved reading your story and restaurant recommendations! I must say I feel a bit jealous, as I'd love to have enough time to see what you have seen in such a short time! We visited Paris in May but only for three days...I could easily spend three months there, if not more, to soak in all that it offers, and get to meet and know some local people on more than a casual tourist basis. I did manage to get by with my rusty French, chatting with a taxi driver which made me happy and him surprised ;) We had a fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower from our Pullman Hotel room for our 47th wedding anniversary; I'd go back there again in a minute! And my favorite photo of all was one where the Eiffel Tower aligned with a copy of the Statue of Liberty on the banks of the Seine. (See that on our website at: https://www.europeanphotoalbum.com/eiffel-liberty.jpg

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    • Poppy Pearce
      2022-12-03 09:57:09
      Poppy Pearce
      Thank you for your comment, David! Yes - I am very lucky to have so much free time to explore Paris, it really is an amazing city. That sounds like a fabulous trip that you had, and that photo is exceptional!

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  • Peter Skipwith
    2022-12-01 11:29:18
    Peter Skipwith
    What a great first article! And very well researched. But I would love to hear about your day-to-day schedule: how you meet friends when at first, alone in Paris. Do you go to French language school? Without naming them, what is your French family like and how many children do you look after. What are your working hours. Etc etc. Best wishes and good luck Poppy.

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    • Poppy Pearce
      2022-12-03 10:03:43
      Poppy Pearce
      Thank you for your kind comment, Peter! I have an article coming out about my life as an au pair that will answer all of your great questions. Best wishes!

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  • Robert Ferre
    2022-12-01 11:21:32
    Robert Ferre
    Very informative. I suspect you appreciate the Institute du Monde Arabe, a favorite place. I once saw an exhibit there of the first attempt at writing. Made with a chisel in clay, the marks were simple lines, angles, and Xs to be read by future generations. It was inspiring. As is the bookstore and library. I don't know when I will next be in Paris (San Antonio, 78 years old) but I would love to visit the recylerie. Now, how about a good vegan restaurant. Keep it up. Grandpa Robert

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    • Poppy Pearce
      2022-12-03 10:01:03
      Poppy Pearce
      Hi Robert. Thank you for your comment. The Institut du Monde Arabe is a fantastic place! I am eager to attend their current exhibition "Habibi, the Revolutions of Love." I have a few good vegan spots in mind ... keep your eyes peeled!

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