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Bring out the scary meds

Bring out the scary meds

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first reflex of a British parent when their children are ill is to reach for the Calpol or Nurofen. For non-Brits, I’m talking about liquid paracetamol, generally strawberry-flavoured, that comes with a syringe to administer straight into your infant’s mouth; like kids’ Doliprane in France. And most kids […]

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Passport woes and a miracle

Passport woes and a miracle

  French expats blogs all have at least one thing in common. Actually, strike that, blogs from French expats AND from expats living in France, all have one thing in common. They all contain at least one post bemoaning French bureaucracy, be it the post office, the embassy, the social security people; whatever the problem, if […]

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Visit to a French Doctor

Visit to a French Doctor

Photo by Rob Potvin at motionbug We’re in the middle of our long-awaited holiday, the first in two years, visiting my parents in France. I’ve been really good at staying away from technology over all; I mean, I check Facebook twice at the beginning and end of the day, and I read a few blogs […]

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French music isn’t all bad

French music isn’t all bad

Photo by Louis Pellissier via unsplash.com Disclaimer: The following post addresses some of the problems with French music in very broad terms. It is not meant as an attack on all French music or specific individuals so everybody take a deep breath and calm down before telling me that I don’t know what I’m talking about. Not all […]

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Argumentative Me – personality style or

Argumentative Me – personality style or cultural bias?

Someone I looked up to once said about me that I was argumentative, and also “it must be because you’re French“. I could tell from the way it was said that this was a complaint about my character. Despite the fact that it was many, many years ago, it has kept cropping up in my mind time and time again, […]

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Inside a Franglish Pantry: How to drink ...

Inside a Franglish Pantry: How to drink tea

A BBC news article came out this weekend that really tickled me. Apparently, the French are ‘rediscovering’ tea drinking. I was cynically unsurprised that in France, a simple thing like how to drink tea sounds like a snobbish hobby only accessible to aficionados, as complicated as wine tasting. Can you tell I’ve become a little bit British? […]

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Work adverse French are working too hard

Work adverse French are working too hard

Did you hear about that article in the Guardian about the French government passing a law that means workers are not allowed to do any work after 6 pm? Except it’s not really true and workers will most likely continue to do their job much as they did before. And in a what is the world coming to […]

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A stranger complimented me and I liked i...

A stranger complimented me and I liked it

I once had a chat with the cheese seller at our local French Market, and he made an interesting comment about the different ways that French and British women react to compliments. I haven’t mentioned it before but the goat’s cheese I bought last time was so tough and pungent that I was in serious need […]

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Holiday Ongoing…

Holiday Ongoing…

I’ve been meaning to post something whilst on holiday in France and have completely failed in the attempt. I’ve been too busy doing nothing. So let’s do it short and sweet with a list, whilst I am still motivated: Holidays in France – The Heat! Apparently, the last two weeks of intense heat are the first […]

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Success at the French Consulate

Success at the French Consulate

Against all odds, yesterday was a good day. I’ve been feeling quite stressed the last few days leading up to yesterday’s trip to London to apply for French passports for me and Little Girl. Dealing with French administration can be a painful process, whether you are a French citizen or not! In fact, it is probably […]

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