A Taste of Garlic

Nord Pas de Calais

An English Girl in Lille – Born in the SE of the UK, grew up in a small town in the west country, spent 7 years in Brighton and abit in London before moving to France, I’m a Gemini, 26, Mum to a baby girl born 4th December 2006!

Attention All Shipping – Just what’s going on for a Brit in France with a very spoilt dog.

Chiara… En France

From Florida to France – A former Floridian lost in France

I had the strangest dream.  I sailed away to France – This is a blog about my adventures in the North of France where I’m an english teaching assistant in a French high school. I don’t feel cool enough to have a blog…but here we go!

Le Log Lillois

Reviewed – February 13, 2010

Le Log Lillois is Peter Newman-Legros’ blog about life in Lille. Peter’s blog deserves a mention here for at least three of the following reasons…

1). He has written an intelligent and witty post about the greatest Rock star of all time; I speak of non other that The European Elvis, The Crooner with Chutzpah, The Real Royal in France, The Souverain… The one and only Johnny Hallyday! More details to be found at… Can a King commit treason?

2). Another post details one of my favourite dishes… Moules, moules, moules…. I guess Peter likes them as well as he mentioned them thrice!

3). To top it all, he mentions another of my favourite dishes… choucroute aux fruits de mer – or, as he puts it… Fish ‘n cabbage. I had this a couple of years ago at le Di’vin at Vannes (an excellent seafood restaurant just outside the fish market: we chose it after asking some of the fishmongers in the market where was the best place to go.) Fish and cabbage is an excellent dish and it’s inclusion on Peter’s blog raises the blog to the heights of gastronomy.

Ma Vie En Rose – This blog is to chronicle my adventures (and misadventures!) over the course of my 7 month stint teaching elementary school English through the TAPIF program in France. I’ll be living and working in Valenciennes, a medium-sized town in Northern France, just across the border from Belgium, and seeing as much of the rest of Europe as I possibly can on my weekends and days off. The blog’s title, “Ma Vie En Rose” is a play on the classic French love song, “La Vie En Rose,” which was made famous by Edith Piaf and roughly translates to “life in rosy hues.” Though Northern France tends to be rather gray and rainy, I see this opportunity as a very “rosy” one for me (hence my slight title change to “MY life in rosy hues”), and I hope my entries make for rosy reading!

Marie In France

My Life in France – Madison – I am a sixteen year old female spending my junior year of high school abroad in France.

The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France

Reviewed – January 8, 2011

I’ve noticed recently that the majority of my reviews are of blogs written by people of the female persuasion (apart from those written by blokes, that is!)

I was determined to remedy this but then I discovered The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France.

And I would have been OK, really, if only I hadn’t stumbled over a post called Les Toilettes (I’ll pay a visit there shortly.)

And that, I’m afraid, was me done for!

So, whether you like it or not, here’s another blog by a girlie in France.

The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France is Laura’s blog.

Laura says… “I am a 23 year old American girl currently living in Lille, France. I spend a lot of my time being baffled by the French (including, but not limited to, their culture, food, and language), despite having a handy dandy interpreter in the form of my very own French boyfriend (otherwise known as FBF). I have decided to share not only the moments where I feel a part of this foreign land, but also the moments where I simply don’t get it. C’est ma vie quotidienne (It’s my everyday life)!”

Now, I know that you’re dying to find about all about the latrines so, let’s start with the toilets and underarm hair bits…

The world at your fingertips – elyce – i write. i write a lot. i write a lot of nothing. here, have some of it. My name is Elyce and I’m 23. I currently live in France, in le nord, also known as the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. I’ve previously lived in Xiangfan, China and I call the US home, generally.

Travelling Amber

Reviewed – January 25, 2010

Travelling Amber is the blog of an American ex-pat living with Reunion guy, Jeremie, in the cold north of France.

Amongst all the posts concerning renovating their apartment, we also find out that Amber treats herself to a red Smart cat (Welcoming LadyBug to the Family), which she, for some strange reason, calls LadyBug.

Then, even stranger, she crashes the new car (That’s Why They Call It an Accident)

Now, I’m not going to make any comments about road accidents, women, Smart cars and the bizarre tendency for women to name their cars (Smart or not), but……

Uh Oh Spaghettios

Reviewed – January 28, 2010

What makes Uh Oh Spaghettios such a wonderful blog?

Is it….

a). That its owner, Rebecca, describes herself as a French-American living in Lille,raising a Franco-American family, and fighting against excessive dog excrement.

b). That out of the 423 posts, 51 are labeled Oh La La, 18 are labeled Cuisine and only one is labeled TV (there’s also one labelled Sex but I wouldn’t get too excited; it’s not that raunchy – the post, I mean, not sex in general.)

c). The first article I ever read on it (a conversation between Rebecca and her daughter), reads as follows…

Suz:what’s inside of people?
Me: blood and bones and muscles.
Suz: is blood a liquid or a solid?
Me: liquid, like juice.
Suz: what’s a solid?
Me: Um, bones.
Suz: and what’s a gas?
Me: Your breath.
Suz: or a fart…and wolves have blood juice inside of them.

I mean, what more could you want in a blog? An Anatomy lesson, The endless fight against Dog Excrement and…… plenty of Oh La La!

“un(e)-americain(e)” in france – Bonjour! Je m’appelle Kelsey! After 24 years of living in the Seattle area, I am finally pushing the limits of my comfort zone and moving to France! It’s been a lifetime goal of mine to live and work in France and here I am! Who knows what lies ahead of me as an English Teaching Assistant on my own in northern France. All I know for sure is that I plan to live it up, take lots of photos, and become as un-american as possible.

If you know of any other blogs from English speaking expats living in Nord Pas de Calais, 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

 Nord Pas de Calais   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

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