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paris  Put Your Flare On   because we all love reading blogs about life in FrancePut Your Flare On is Aimee’s blog.

Aimee used to work in the corporate world. Cubicals. Macho bosses. 50 hour work weeks.

She got burnt out and decided to move to France to make a life with my husband, Julien.

The she got pregnant and had a baby.

She stayed at home with Maximilien for the first year of his life and then she fulfilled a dream of hers: opening her very own café.

After being a full time working mama for a year she decided that her life wasn’t busy enough and decided (with the help of her husband) to have another baby!

Alixe, was born December 1, 2009.

Aimee’s café can be found at L’OisiveThé – so why don’t we see if she has any tales to tell?

So, give us the lowdown on L’OisiveThé (and don’t miss out the naughty stuff!)….




Well, I don’t suppose that you’d be surprised to her Aimee say “Our lives revolves around the café kitchen.”

Or that sometimes she is Epuisé?

But surely it is worth it for the people you meet and the friends you make?   Take a look at this little Tranche de Vie from the Tea House.

And doesn’t it look pretty when Spring is Here?

At least there’s no chance of Aimee getting sacked for Blogging in the workplace!

All this talk about cafés is making me hungry – anything to eat?

Shall we see what we can find?

How about this lovely recipe for Bacon and Leak Quiche?  Tempting?

Or, for anyone who finds that there belly is growing a bit (and I’ll include myself in that category),  what about tarte aux pommes pour la femme enceinte?

Nice?  Almost worth getting pregnant for!

And for afters; some Lemon Cake or perhaps you’d prefer some Banana Bread?

Personally, I’m going to pig out on the  Pear frangipane tarte!

Right, dinner’s over – let’s get on with the serious stuff!

Serious stuff like To Bises or not to bises?

Alway, always and always in my humble opinion unless… it’s Mrs Jean Phillipe from down the lane.  I just hate getting scratched by her beard!

Aimee also touches the tricky subject of Knitting in Public.

Now, many years ago, when Reagan and Thatcher met Gorbachov for an international conference on the very same subject, the end result was the Berlin Wall coming down!  Aimee manages to cover the issue with a bit less rubble and a lot more panache!

Finally (primarily because it threatens to deal with all that blood and cutting umbilical cord stuff), Aimee asks us if we Want to know a sure fire way to go into labour in France?

Now that really is something every expat needs to know.  I can’t understand how I’ve lasted so long without knowing!

And really finally… Aimee says something about Driving in Paris.  In fact, she pretty much sums it up in the first sentence when she says… “I don’t do it.”

Quite right too!  I once spent three and a half weeks going round and round that roundabout by the Arc de Triomphe because no one would give way!  When Parisians get in their cars, they turn into total nutters!

So, for a blog about life in Paris, shouldn’t there be some mention of Poop?

Well, to be honest there aren’t that many posts about Dog Poop on the pavements (actually there are none, if you want to be finicky about it!)

And I do have to admit that this surprised me until I realised that with two young children,  Aimee wouldn’t have to go too far to get all the poop that she wants!

In Homecoming we hear that… “Julien has experience his first poop explosion with a nice shower of pee to top it off. Made me laugh so hard I peed my pants a little. At least Maxou is sharing the love, he pooped and peed on me yesterday at the clinic.”

Well, that’s nice isn’t it?

And then, in a post titled For Five Days, We Waited,  when Max didn’t poop for a while, his first poop is treated as a celebration!  Read on….. if you dare!

“We’re shooting for another poop by Monday. Welcome to Max’s great poop watch 2007.  You know that my husband and I actually send each other SMS to keep each other in the loop about the poop. Ahh, life as parents.”

No I know why I never had children!

So, summing up…..

A beautiful blog by a lovely woman.  Plenty of stuff about pregnancy and childbirth if that’s your cup of tea but also, loads of stuff about life in Paris and what that really means when you’re a mother and have a daytime job too!

I dare any of you to visit Put Your Flare On without leaving with a big smile on your face.

It’s that sort of blog.  It really is!

And if you are undecided, then take a look at these little photo essays and tell me you didn’t chuckle……

1).  Almost there,

2).  Ça tourne, ça tourne…,

3).  Paris is gloomy right now but for five minutes we got a little sun…,

4).  Future Piano Player? and my all time favourite…

5).  One second later!

And me?  Well, I’ve heard that Max is Off chasing seagulls… and I want to join in!  Well, don’t you?

All the best

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2 Comments

  • By Vagabonde, June 12, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    Hi Keith – a blogging friend gave me the name of your blog. I was looking for the reverse of what you do, that is, French people in the US writing in French about their lives in the US. Well, I have not found any. I did find one French woman living in Canada. I think there are a lot more English speaking expat willing to talk about their lives in France than vice-versa. I did find some French blogs talking about the US but usually it was just a visit to New York or LA, but nothing permanent. Anyway I see that you list Dedene’s blog which I follow. I am a French expat living in the Deep South of the US and no one French around me to talk in my native language. Your blog does look interesting and I shall come back to read your past posts. I always like to hear what people think of my native town – I was brought up in the 9th arrondissement de Paris.

  • By Melissa, June 12, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    I thought you might want to edit your post about aimee’s blog.

    “She got burnt out and decided to move to France to make a life with my husband, Julien.”

    Did she really make a life with your husband, or was it perhaps her own husband she was making a life with? I enjoy reading your posts when I come across them on exposeyourblog, and today, I got a bit of a chuckle as well.

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