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Halloween in Paris

October 30th, 2014 No comments

Bonjour ! With Halloween tomorrow, I wanted to share some tips on where you may be able to buy or rent costumes in the Paris area.

Some costume shops (both physical and online) in Paris include:

Viva Fiesta

Sommier Gerard (site has links to other costume shops in Paris area)

Cotillon Moderne

Some more information can be found here: has an interesting background on Halloween in France.

-The Local has a feature called “Eight Halloween events not to miss in Paris”

Enjoy !

Bonne année, Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2013 No comments

As the year closes and France brings in the new year in the next few minutes, I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday season and extend my best wishes for 2014. As they say, “tous mes vœux !”.

I look forward to sharing new content and information with you in the next year. Thank you for your readership.

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Lyon’s Fête des Lumières

December 8th, 2013 No comments

Lyon’s famous “Fête des Lumières” is going on this weekend and ending tomorrow. It’s an amazing festival of lights around the city – a true spectacle of art, culture and entertainment that celebrates the city’s history. I went for 5 years (2007-2011) and enjoyed every minute.

You can see past posts on my blog about this here (2010), here (2011) and here (2012).

This year’s program can be found here.
The PDF can be downloaded here: Programme


L’Ile de Ré – A Pearl off the West Coast of France

I’ve visited this gem before. Definitely worth seeing.

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Four Hip, Fun & Yummy Suggestions for a Dinner Out in Paris

A little contribution here from the great blog “Becoming Madame”. Check out that site!

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January 16th, 2013 2 comments

Great thoughts and tips on Paris ice skating from my friend over at The Perpetual Passenger. Great blog, by the way. Happy ice skating!

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Happy Holidays from Paris

December 17th, 2012 No comments
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Raising money for Movember

November 30th, 2012 No comments

Bonjour everyone,

Just wanted to reach out and ask for any donations for the Movember campaign. Movember comes from the words “Mustache” (or “Moustache”) and “November”, when men grow out mustaches in support of those fighting prostate and testicular cancer. The slogan is “Changing the face of men’s health”, and indeed we have been changing our faces this month. Check out my mustache below.

My company has a team that is raising money together, and the deadline for funds is tonight at 11pm CST (Chicago time).

You can donate on my page here. If that does not work, try here. It’s a great cause and secure.

Any amounts welcome. Thanks so much.


Movember ‘stache, with some wine and Thanksgiving

Back to the US after 5 years in la belle France

November 19th, 2012 5 comments

Hello, Bonjour everyone:

Apologies for the lack of activity on this blog in some time. I’m currently setting the stage to revamp its offerings and content to improve its purpose of informing and advising expats and potential expats.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your readership and likes and follows, you make this site what is.  My goal is to foster a community of readers, and with your help I will build that.

After spending the past 5 years in France between Lyon, Grenoble and Paris, from teaching English to going to graduate school and working in communications and advertising, I’ve recently moved back to the US to accept a great career opportunity in Chicago.

I’ve greatly appreciated my time of discovery, learning and friendship over the past 5 years, and I’m a better person for having lived in France and made great friendships there with French nationals as well as expats. France will always remain a special place for me, and I know I’ll be back there someday in one way or another.

I will continue to post to my blog and improve its content to share news related to France and expat issues. Now I’m reconnecting to my American roots but keeping my French cultural and linguistic reflexes, and connecting to the French expat community here in Chicago. Quite a role reversal but I’m ready for the adventure.

Thanks again for your readership, and if you have any comments or suggestions for what content you would like to see, feel free to post a note.

Best wishes for Thanksgiving. Posting soon…



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Bastille Day 2012

Happy Bastille Day everyone! Joyeux 14 juillet tout le monde !

How did you celebrate today? Feel free to post in the comments section your favorite places to celebrate, no matter which country or city.

I myself am in Washington DC today and among several spots to revel in the celebration, Bistrot du Coin is a local favorite.

In the spirit of transatlantic relations, this NY Times piece is interesting.

Vive la France !

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