Reflecting on 5 years in France

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

reflecting on 5 years in france as an expatsmaller

Time is a magical thing. Sometimes it feels like life is creeping by at a snail’s pace and other times it whizzes by and you can barely catch your breath. Time can help to put things in perspective, mark different periods of our lives, and maybe best of all it allows us to heal, grow and reflect. This past winter marked 5 years in France, and wow, I can’t it’s been half a decade already.

Truth be told, this post has been in my drafts folder for months. I kept starting it and then deleting what I’d written not sure what I should say or how I should say it. It’s difficult to condense 5 years of your life into a blog post and to accurately convey what the experience has been like. Anyway, I’m going to try.

It’s a long one clocking in at over 3,500 words, so pour yourself a beverage and settle in, OK?

Enjoy. Maybe you can relate.

Questions French people ask me… all the time!

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Questions French people ask me (1)

Depending on how long you’ve been in France and who you socialize with, French people have probably asked you some strange questions. And a bunch of normal ones as well. Over and over. It comes with the territory! Keep in mind that French social norms tend to be less invasive and less small-talky than American ones, but still, questions abound! I love giving people a peek into who I am and what brought me to France, so let’s go!

Read on!

The Sunshine Blogger Award: Some Friday fun

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else

Bon vendredi à toutes et à tous! How was your week? Let’s close it out with a little bit of fun. The lovely Paulie of PaulieLovesFood nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award, so un grand merci goes out to her! What is the award all about? As Paulie writes, “This nomination is from bloggers to bloggers. The award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers.” Blogging is nothing without the community, so read on to see my answers to her questions and to see who I nominated.

GO!

Picard Surgelés: France’s frozen food store is pure heaven

Written by Diane. Posted in France, things we love

picard is amazing french frozen store

If you ask me what my favorite store in France is, Picard would quickly come to mind. The frozen food giant is like nothing I’d ever experienced in the USA, and I make weekly visits (or as often as my little freezer will allow). It’s a favorite among the French too, and you can find everything from appetizers and frozen veggies to prepared meals and desserts.

Why is Picard so special? Let me show you!

 

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