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Dining Out in Paris – a guide

Do you feel intimidated by the thought of going into a French restaurant or attempting to purchase food items at an open-air market?  Are you confused ...
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Smoke detector countdown

We have had a smoke detector in our suburban Paris home for many years – it seems “normal” to me, but I realized how unusual its actually was when ...
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Banking Glossary of French-English terms

What is the origin of the word « bank »? It goes back to Italian. In Medieval Italy a moneylander set up a bench in the town square ...
French Driver's Licenses are pink!

Driving in France

DRIVER’S LICENSE: Generally speaking (because there are of course exceptions) if you are in France for over a year and aren’t European, French ...
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What I didn’t know

Because autumn is when I arrived in Paris as a permanent resident, autumn is always an intoxicating swirl of sense-memories: The fragrance of the fall ...
Letter-writing

Logistics of writing a letter in French

In high school French class you learned how to conjugate the obscure pluperfect-subjunctive. In college you memorized the name of every Gallic king going ...
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