Life in France

Practical advice and fun reflections on life in France.

 La Rentrée: From the French going AWOL to A/W fashion 

Author: Emma Ly
No doubt that you've heard of 'la rentrée', blazoned across newspapers, commercial adverts and every other form of public media possible during the end of August and beginning of September in France.. In short, 'la rentrée' is more than a temporal reference for the start of autumn that pretty much holds a symbolic sense of revival and new beginnings. In terms of culture, la rentrée in September is just as important as the New Year itself, if not more. Here are a few cultural happenings that make this so. Read more

 The 10 Golden Rules of French Eating 

Author: Camilla Freeman
France is known as the gastronomic capital of the world, and with good reason. With national delicacies including macarons, cheese and foie gras, not to mention the long list of delectable patisseries and vienoisseries on offer, a weekend in France is enough to send shivers down the spine of even the most relaxed of waistline-watchers. And yet very few French people are overweight. So, how do they do it? Read more

 France for free 

Author: Camilla Freeman
Keen to see the sights but strapped for cash? Travelling on a budget certainly shouldn't mean you have to miss out. With a little bit of foreward planning, you can enjoy a town to the full without having to spend a penny. Here are a few examples of free activities and attractions on offer across France. Read more

 France's Top Summer Festivals 

Author: Camilla Freeman
It's that time of year again! Don't miss out on the fantastic festivals taking place across France this month. With such a wide range of activities and entertainment on offer, and with events organised all over the country including Nice, Lyon, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lille, Nantes, you are sure to find something to suit you. Read more

 British Stereotypes as seen by the French 

Author: Camilla Freeman
I have a confession. When I moved to Paris eight months ago, I arrived with two huge suitcases and a long list of misconceptions about the French. No, they do not all walk around in breton tees with a baguette shoved under their arm and a string of onions round their neck. No, they do not all smell. And no, they are certainly not all rude. But what on earth do the French think of us? And are they justified in their opinions? Read more