5 Books to Read Before Living in France

5 Books to Read Before Living in France

De La Démocratie en Amérique (Democracy in America) - Alexis de Tocqueville: You might be thinking, Damn, Paige. I am just studying abroad for a semester. I only need to say "Bonjour! Où est la bière?" No, you are living in another culture and no matter why you are...

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A Parisian’s Suburban Survival Guide

A Parisian’s Suburban Survival Guide

Living in the Midwest after Paris is challenging for most people. At first is seems like a break to "la campagne", but then you realize life amongst the cornfields is not as provincial as it seems. You are bombarded with overly air conditioned stores, produce that...

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A Toddler in Paris

A Toddler in Paris

Airfare is dropping from the US to Europe and people are starting to think about taking advantage. As I write this, I am Googling flights from my city in the US to Paris. $474 round trip! I can hardly travel anywhere meaningful with in the US for that...

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Shoes: The Cultural Divide

Shoes: The Cultural Divide

There are a lot of things about dress that are different in the US and France, but I think none compare to the difference in footwear. When someone asks me how I can spot a Frenchman a mile away, I always respond with the same answer: the shoes. It was probably later...

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15 Lessons French Women Taught Me

15 Lessons French Women Taught Me

Since my first stay abroad, I have been impressed by French women young and old. The grace, confidence, charm, independence and style are inspiring. French women are truly a force to be reckoned with. Over the years, I have stayed with some...

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White Hot: Staying Stylish During the Summer

White Hot: Staying Stylish During the Summer

This weekend we had our first beautiful day. It was 84 degrees, clear skies, sun and a light breeze. It was perfect and it sent me running to my closet. I have been looking through a lot of vintage photographs from St. Tropez. I love everything about the 60's and the...

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A French-American Wedding

If you are new, I am the American wife to a Frenchman. Last year we were married… Well, and the year before that. Technically… Legally… We were married in July of 2015. We went to the courthouse and were wed. I thought I would be cool with that. I was now Mrs....

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