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Category: Paris

The Perpetual Passenger

paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in France The Perpetual Passenger is Nikki’s blog about her life and work in Paris.

Nikki says of herself…

“The world works in mysterious ways, and in my case, landed me — an American girl from New England — a job in market research based in Paris. So recently I packed my bags and headed to France to carve out a home and a career in the City of Lights.

Being a market researcher requires me to jet-set all over the globe. In an attempt to stop and smell the proverbial roses, I’ve decided to document my travels as a Perpetual Passenger, and now an American in Paris, and make the most of where life (read: work) sends me.

So like the tagline says, sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. Because I will.”

Well, I’m sat back…

I’m relaxing and…

I’m ready to enjoy the flight so…

Let’s dive right in!

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Paul and Karin – Paris Wedding of the Year

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Whoops, almost forgot…

The Paris Wedding of the Year is just about to take place at Marie du 19éme, 5-7, place Armand Carrel.

The sensible and talented writer, Paris Paul is getting married to Blogmistress Extrodinaire, Paris Karin as we speak!

paris  Paul and Karin   Paris Wedding of the Year   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThey’ve already had a practice session…

Doesn’t the bride look radiant?

I’d marry her in a shot…

If I didn’t have Mrs A Taste of Garlic!

Paris Paul, you’re a lucky man!

I think I may just adjourn to our regional offices (otherwise known as Bar Chez Michel, down in the village) and raise a little glass of something Ricardish in honour of the happy occasion!

All the best

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Transition Kitchen

paris  Transition Kitchen   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceTransition Kitchen is Oliviadog’s blog.

Oliviadog says of herself that she is a… “Lover of nature, dance, honesty, soul-funk-tribal-house-blues-music, good shower pressure, old trees, strong coffee, Mother Earth, being a wife & mother and human liberation.”

Surprisingly enough, according to Oliviadog… “This blog was started originally to be a bridge between my former life in Durham, NC and my new life in Spain. Well, we didn’t move to Spain because they just smoke too damn much (seriously) and instead came to Paris, France. This worked out fine for hubster since he is French and returned to his native land of popped collars, blank stares and cheap wine. Then we had a baby. So, the Transition Kitchen continues to evolve. What was going to be all about us living it up in Spain is now about us living with baby in France.”

Which works out well as….

I tend not to cover Living in Spain type blogs here but have been known to have some fun with Living with baby in France type blogs!

So, without further ado…

Let’s dive in and see what we can find!

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paris  CityGirl Chronicles   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceCityGirl-Chronicles is the blog of City Girl who is an Aquarius (not sure if that matters much although I’m sure that one day someone will do the definitive study on the statistical comparison of Star Sign against Tendency to Emigrate to France and find out that us Geminis are the major statistical modality.)

City Girl has this to say about herself…. “A year ago I was a swinging single New York City girl slinging drinks to make a living while I pursued my musical dreams. THEN I fell in love with a Frenchman (cliche, I know!) So I quit my job, left my life in NYC to experience a new love, life & adventure in Paris. All the while, I am reflecting, revealing & reveling in my life, love & mishaps both past and present.”

I mentioned City Girl a few weeks ago when I explained that she had nearly damaged a kitchen unit by head-butting it whilst suffering from a hangover.

For those of you who have been worried ever since I’m happy to let you know that….

The Kitchen Unit is fully recovered and there are no lasting effects!

On, I think, to the review….

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American girls are…

paris  American girls are…   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI discovered American girls are… lurking on the sidebar of The Everyday Life of a Young  American Girl in France and thought “Wow, that’d be a good blog to review!”

Actually, I ‘m not sure if lurking is quite the right word?

It was more sort of sitting there winking at me and whistling suggestively every time I passed by.

paris  American girls are…   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, before you click on that Read More… link I feel that it is my duty to warn you that this review contains pictures of a young woman shaving in the shower and then wearing the sort of pajamas that most of us had grown out of before we we old enough to shave!

If you continue you do so at your risk and I will not be held responsible for any psychological damage that might occur. Oh, and could you forget about the pajamas bit – I want that to be a surprise, later on.

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paris  Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnother day, another Paris photoblog.

And, for a slightly different take on the City of Light, I though I’d take a look at Paris.

Paris is Jeff’s blog.  Jeff says that… “In the last 25 years I have taken 11,000 or so black and white images of Paris. Each of them has a story to tell. Some of the stories are about Paris, some are about me, and some are just stories. Read them and see them here.”

Why not, indeed?

So, what can we find in Paris then?

Let’s dive in and see…

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Coco á Paris

paris  Coco á Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceCoco á Paris is Nicole Garton’s blog.

Nicole is a Los Angeles native living in Paris.

The blog starts on the 14th of October with Nicole saying Bonjour, Paris!

And that, if you ask me, is a pretty fine way to start a blog!

Of course, it wouldn’t work quite so well if you were living in Nice or Aix (or my particular part of rural Brittany, where Paris is just a rumour – something grannies tell their grandchildren about to make them eat their greens!) but, for someone based in Paris it seems rather appropriate.

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Girl Cook in Paris

paris  Girl Cook in Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceGirl Cook in Paris is the fascinating and mouthwateringly tasty blog of Diane who says of herself…

“Hi, my name is Diane. I’m an American (born in the Chicago area) married to a Belgian, and now living in Paris. In 2005 I decided to make a big career change when we moved to Paris….I left the petrochemicals/water treatment world and went back to school (Ecole Ferrandi). This time to follow a passion – the art of french cuisine. Since then I’ve been consumed in it and loving every minute! I’ve now set up my own business in Paris which enables me to work as a private chef. I offer chef services at client’s homes, at our apartment, or at Paris addresses. I also offer cooking lessons and will sell my favorite things (macarons, bagels, terrine de foie gras, etc, etc). I custom-tailor my services – it’s more personal that way and hopefully, more enjoyable for everyone! If you have any questions, or wish to contact me, you can send me a message at the following email address: girlcookinparis@gmail.com”

So, what can we find to eat in Diane’s kitchen?

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Creepy Query Girl

paris  Creepy Query Girl   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceCreepy Query Girl is a blog that I actually came across when I was googling for some “writing advice” and it was only by pure chance that I noticed that Katie (the author of Creepy Query Girl) lives in France.

Should I review it? I wondered.

Well, after a bit of research I discovered that Katie lives in Paris which means she’s probably quite mad – tick that box.

Then I saw her photo and thought to myself… “Certainly looks mad!” – tick that box.

Then, a quick browse down the sidebar showed me that I could expect posts with titles such as… I feel like a sperm and Is that a wrinkle in your jeans?

That ticked another box for me.

A quick google indicated that 3 posts mentioned poop and 3 posts mentioned vomit.

In other words, a perfectly balanced blog – tick that box.

And finally, Katie has got three kids.

Thus, if she wasn’t mad she most certainly must be by now –  a tick in the final box and the decision was made!

And I bet you were all wondering how I choose the blogs that I review?

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Postcards from Paris

paris  Postcards from Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FrancePostcards from Paris is Miss K’s blog.

Miss K has this to say of herself… “I’m Canadian (from Toronto), spent nine years living in the UK (London) and then decided to move to Paris to finally write my novel. Where better to be a starving writer? Anyway, I had been thinking of doing a blog for some time and thought that my new life in Paris might be of some interest.”

Well, it’s certainly of interest to me!

And you too, I hope!

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Parisian Fields

paris  Parisian Fields   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceParisian Fields is the blog of Philippa and Norman.  “Philippa Campsie is a Toronto writer who studied in Paris as a university student, and has never quite got Paris out of her system ever since. She collects Paris maps and travels there with Norman as often as possible.

Norman Ball is a retired university professor who can’t stop taking pictures of Paris graffiti and interesting cars. He is the author of several books and has conducted research on the unexpected parallels between Paris and Niagara Falls.”

I came across this blog quite by chance (it was displayed on someone’s blogroll) and although I was loathe to review yet another Paris blog – I just couldn’t help myself!

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à pied dans les rues de Paris

paris  à pied dans les rues de Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWell, I just couldn’t resist reviewing à pied dans les rues de Paris!

This  new bi-lingual blog is so gorgeous that I just couldn’t help myself!

à pied dans les rues de Paris is the masterpiece of Julie who describes herself as… “Fraying the edge of her urban space.”

What a nice thing to be doing; I’m often, myself, described as “Fraying the nerves of anyone in, or close to, my urban space.”

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

I am sure that anyone who lists Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast (his greatest work of fiction, in my opinion) as one of her favourite books can’t have a bad bone on her body (although I’m not sure that Scott Fitzgerald would agree?)

Now, I’m pretty sure that this is going to be both an easy and a difficult review to do.

And, in a way, they are my favourite kind!

Easy because I just love this photoblog.

Difficult because I’ll be so tempted to gush all over it or, perhaps even worse, get mesmerised and end up lost in silent respect!

So, without further ado, let’s dive in and see what we find!

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My life as an expat in Paris

paris  My life as an expat in Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA fairly new blog, My life as an expat in Paris looks like it’s going to be a good ‘un!

Mdsport, the owner of the blog (do blogs have owners or do they grow to own their blogger – I’ve often wondered that?) says… “I have accepted an assignment in Paris and will leave in ~30 days? For a number of reasons my wife and I decided I should go first. My wife will come over after Christmas. Before she comes I need to get the apartment ready, bank accounts set and determine the lay of the land. Not to mention I have to work. The job will be primarily in Paris, but my job will have me/us spending considerable time around the Mediterranean Sea countries.”

You can read the rest of Mdsport’s Opening Comments for more details.

So what does this blog have that makes it rise to the top of the list of blogs to review (you can check The List of Blogs Awaiting Review here) and cause me to highlight it this Monday?

Well, quality writing, perhaps?

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à pied dans les rues de Paris

paris  à pied dans les rues de Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis is not going to be a full review of à pied dans les rues de Paris

I just thought that I’d bring it to your attention.

It’s really too new for me to review but I do have to admit spending a lovely half an hour thumbing through it.

A photoblog with posts in French and in English; the photos are excellent and the prose matches perfectly.

Favourite post (so far) – the first one… L’ete c’est fini presque (summer is almost over.)

Congratulations to Julie – and keep it up, please!

All the best

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Life in Paris

paris  Life in Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd today we find that we’re still in Paris!

Don’t worry, tomorrow and the next day we’ll be off somewhere where it rains all the time and they have cow-pats the size of Sherman Tanks – (and no clues as to where that might be…)

And the reason that we’re still here in Paris is because of a young but really rather pretty blog called Life in Paris.

Life in Paris is Jody Smith’s blog and started on the first Sunday in May (in a post appropriately titled It begins today) when her husband gets posted to Paris.

Quite rightly, Jody has lots of questions!

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Not Quite Down & Out in Paris, but almost….

paris  Not Quite Down & Out in Paris, but almost....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNot Quite Down & Out in Paris, but almost…. is the blog of Mec about Paris who moved to Paris at the end of July 2009, having been a victim of the credit crunch in London and not having been able to find a decent job for six months or so.

Mec about Paris starts off by living in the 10th arrondissement in a little studio flat on the fifth floor that a friend of mine was originally renting before moving in with a friend of his.

You can read all about the early days of Mec about Paris’ adventures in France at the appropriately titled… The first couple of Weeks.

Apartment Living…

Apartment living in Paris can be difficult, it seems.

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Paris & I

paris  Paris & I   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceParis & I is Sab’s blog which he described to me as…. “It’s a daily Paris-themed photo taken, processed and uploaded exclusively on my camera phone (an iPhone).

My aim is three-fold.

Firstly, to get lots of artistic street photos of Paris out there for people to see.

Secondly, to write little word-snippets to accompany said photos.

Thirdly, to show people that you can take some really great, creative photos with a really basic device.”

Well, as far as I’m concerned, Paris & I does what it says on the tin.

I’ve made no secret nor apology for my looking for photoblogs.

Paris & I stands out because of the careful choice of words used to accompany the images.

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The Armchair Parisian

paris  The Armchair Parisian   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Armchair Parisienne is BJ’s Parisian Photo blog.

I first became attracted to this blog when I tripped over the wonderfully fantastic post…  

How to buy a mug in a Parisian Bar.

This, I found, was just one of many, many fantastic posts!

Such as The One I Left Behind which is about cutlery, of all things, and I’m glad I’m not the only one to wonder about the lack of knives.

Before I get on with reviewing the blog I’d just like to say… “May I share a story?”

Wonderful isn’t it?

I bet we’ve all got stories like that but are often too embarrassed to tell them?

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