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Purchasing tickets for the Paris Metro System

Purchasing tickets for the Paris Metro System

Growing up in the Midwest, my exposure to the underground subway system was somewhat limited. Although St. Louis has a metro, it's really more of an above ground rail line, and I remember feeling incredibly apprehensive my first time in Paris, having to navigate the Metro. Today, I'm sharing a few tips I've learned along [...]

So what’s the big deal about the French pharmacie?

So what’s the big deal about the French pharmacie?

Do a Google search on "French skin care", and chances are, almost any article will make mention of the infamous French pharmacie. But what exactly is it? And why is this institution known world-wide? Today, I'll be breaking down what the pharmacie is, and why you'll want to visit at least one on your next [...]

Celebrating Bastille Day in America

Celebrating Bastille Day in America

Despite the circumstances that brought us back to the United States, it was important to me that our life in America honor Ben’s French heritage. One of the ways we have done this is by celebrating the 14th of July- France’s Independence Day. Like all great celebrations, ours involved good food and decorations. I couldn’t [...]

How to immerse kids in a foreign language- even if you don’t speak one yourself

How to immerse kids in a foreign language- even if you don’t speak one yourself

In a recent blog post, I mentioned the "One Parent, One Language" method for teaching a second language in the home. While a great option for many, it may be difficult to implement if, like me, you're a single parent, or alternatively, don't speak a second language, yourself. This was the situation I found myself [...]

Applying for French citizenship

Applying for French citizenship

It's a pretty rare thing- to feel a sense of accomplishment when dealing with the French bureaucracy. But today, as I finalize paperwork for Ben’s French citizenship, I have to step back and appreciate the "win". They happen so infrequently when dealing with a foreign legal system. I make no attempt to sugarcoat the fact [...]

One Parent, One Language, as a single parent

One Parent, One Language, as a single parent

Do a quick Google search on raising bilingual children, and chances are, you will stumble across the phrase “One Parent, One Language”- the methodology often prescribed for teaching multiple languages in the home. The idea is relatively simple. If “mom” speaks fluent German, and “dad” speaks fluent French, then “mom” is to only speak German [...]

10 best tips for your trip to Paris

10 best tips for your trip to Paris

With summer right around the corner, and wedding season in full effect, I can usually count on getting several messages this time of year from friends and family who are considering a trip or honeymoon to Paris. Most sites will give generic advice like, "don't dress like a tourist", or "bring enough cash". While these [...]