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!

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Tips for when the foreign in-laws meet each other

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

Tips for when the foreign in-laws meet

Meeting your significant other’s family for the first time is nerve-wracking no matter where you’re from. For those of us in relationships with someone from another country, meeting the family can be quite an experience. That goes double when your partner’s native language differs from your own. If the day comes when it’s time for the in-laws to meet each other, take a deep breath. Even if they don’t speak more than a few words of each other’s language, which is the case in our respective families, it doesn’t have to be a disaster. I’m living proof. My parents have met Tom’s parents on 2 separate occasions since we’ve tied the knot and have lived to tell about it.

Here are some tips on how to have a smooth multicultural experience for when the foreign in-laws meet.

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Starbucks in France vs. the USA

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

Starbucks in France vs. the USA

Starbucks is far from a foreign concept in France these days. They exist but mainly in big cities like Paris and aren’t all over the place like you’d find in the USA. I’m the first to admit that regular old Starbucks coffee tastes burnt — I’m more of a Dunkin’ Donuts gal — but what about the convenience of chai and other specialty beverages, free Wi-Fi and comfy chairs? Well, let’s just say I took the convenience factor for granted back home. Luckily though, a couple of Starbucks shops opened up last year in Nantes, the closest big city to me. Starbucks locations are pretty similar when it comes to branding no matter where you are, but there are some marked differences between Starbucks in France versus the USA.

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Loire-Atlantique beach day… early spring? (PHOTOS)

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

Loire-Atlantique beach day

Sometimes Mother Nature likes to tease us with glimpses of an early spring. This weekend was gorgeous, in the 50s out and sunny. What more could you want for February?

We headed west to the beach.

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