A Taste of Garlic

Île-de-France

A Pretty How Town

Reviewed – April 30, 2010

A Pretty How Town tells the tales of MissChris who lives in the Val d’Oise a region (about thirty minutes outside of Paris); who moves a lot for her husband’s job.

A man she met in over a plate of spaghetti and a spilled water pitcher.

Now, I have scoured this blog and have to say that I can’t find any posts about 2CVs or Lingerie. Never mind though, because I did find the Dog Poop post!…. Escaping the doo-doo.

ABACAXI & HORTELÃ – ABACAXI AND HORTELÂ – VERSAILLES, FRANCE – Dutch, lived in Brazil for 6 years, now trying to get used to the french life (since January 2010), fond of decorating, cooking, baking & gardening, enjoying books and travels (any place!). Addicted to diet coke, picanha & pistachio macarons! Sharing daily life in France with you!

An American in France



Essonne Daddy – “Welcome to Essonne Daddy, my blog for -ma petite famille- here in the Essonne region to the south of Paris. Follow our roundabout bilingual franglais parenthood adventures and contribute to any articles that interest you… Best wishes… John, Isabelle, Rémy & Emma.”

Evry Daily Photo

French Country Challenge

Reviewed – May 14, 2010

The French Country Challenge is Laura and Ashley’s blog about rediscovering a more self-sufficient, sustainable (and cheap!) way of life in rural France.

Laura and Ashley are (to use their own words)…… “two American girls who went to Paris to study at age eighteen and now, seven years, an education and some work experience later, have left the city of lights with our respective partners to live in the French countryside and pursue dreams of a more fulfilling, self-sufficient, eco-friendly, sustainable and slower way of living. In short, the good life. Something which in France inevitably involves good food.”

And their blog promises to ..“share with you all our adventures in this pursuit: the ups and downs of organic gardening, mouthwatering recipes, tips for living on the cheap, as well as the exploits of Maya and Kali, the pointer sisters (Laura’s puppies), and Bandit the chihuahua, so far our only livestock.”

Oh yes, I’ll have some of that!

La Belle Saison

Reviewed – March 14, 2010

La Belle Saison (by Princesse Ecossaise) is the blog of a 20-something Scottish girl who now finds herself living in Versailles with her French fiancé (French Prince, AKA FP) and Scottish pussy chat.

She freely admits that no matter how hard she tries to avoid embarrassing moments, providence always manages to place a banana skin beneath her foot.

Now I’ve always found (and I’m sure there’s a law against making statements like the one I think I’m about to make…), people from Scotland rather hard to understand.

Why, for example, would anyone choose to be born so far from a decent football team?

My Peasant Feet

My studies and shenanigans in Europe – Mallory - I’m spending my fall studying in the city of Versailles, France. In my spare time during the week, I plan to scamper off to Paris. My weekends are spent with my class going on trips around France or to neighboring countries. Are you jealous? –

News From France

Reviewed – January 31, 2010

News From France is Leesa’s blog about her day to day life living near Paris.

Leesa, according to her blog profile, is a former San Diegan living in France for the past 3 years who writes about her daily experiences of life in France to share with anyone who’s interested.

I’ve been following Leesa’s blog for a long time now and that makes it a bit hard for me to be objective for this review – for me, News from France has become part of the furniture, just like Google, Yahoo and Facebook. Is that a good thing? Well, yes, I think it is.

The posts range from photo essays such as this one on French Poppies to this rather tasty one… And Some Goats Cheese.

Pardon my French – Some days I wake up and wonder how I got here. Oh, that’s right, it was that brown-eyed Frenchman I met at swing dance lessons who literally swept me off my feet. Born and raised in small town Virginia, I still miss those Blue Ridge Mountains… but am adapting to French life with my 2-year-old daughter and anxiety-ridden, American-sized cat.

Perfect Welcome

Reviewed – July 14, 2010

I’m starting to worry that I seem to be focusing too much on Life in France blogs (which is understandable – as that’s what I do here at A Taste of Garlic) written by women who’ve recently had children (and I’m talking here of… “still in that traumatised state that having children engenders!” – I’m not sure how long that takes to pass; I guess it depends upon the children?)

I have a sneaky suspicion that those sort of blogs are easier for me? Or perhaps they’re more enjoyable to review?

All those “And guess how many lumps of dog poo little Johnny managed to walk through on his way home from school?” blogging opportunities.

All those chances to boastfully blog about “My little chappie is probably the only toddler in the world who can fill his nappies and projectile vomit all over the vicar; both at the same time!”

Real France – France and I have been acquainted for years.   From the first time I came with my parents and sulked my way through Provence, The Cote d’Azur, Loire Valley and Paris to grand shopping tours in the 90s to today when I’m once again as broke as I was when my parents brought me for the first time (my French hasn’t improved since then, either). As an experiement, I decided it was time to take a break from New York City and take a sabbatical in France.   See if I could survive in a place without a 7-11 and nail salon on every corner.    I also wanted to see France as only a French person can… well, a poor French person who doesn’t speak French.  What better way to get to know a country than to move in with it? About me: I’m an advertising copywriter, fervent traveler and blogger for the Huffington Post.  Oh yeah, and I’m broke (please send money).

VersaillesDailyPhoto – Royal city Ville royale


If you know of any other blogs from English speaking expats living in Île-de-France, please let me know and I’ll add them to this page.

And if you decide to visit any of the blogs shown on this page, why not leave a comment and say hello? It can sometimes be a lonely business (or, rather, hobby) being a blogger and an unexpected comment or email can really put a sparkle on the day!

All the best

 Île de France   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

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