French language: What I do when I don’t understand French

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

French language

If you move to France and aren’t great at French, the French language will be one of the biggest hurdles you’ll face — especially if you live in an area where people don’t know English. If your skills are a little rusty or non-existent, you’ll go from frustrated, to lost, to confused, to homesick and back again just about all the time. But don’t fret! You’ll get better. I’m living proof. When I first came to France to live in 2009, my French was at an intermediate level from taking it in high school and at the Alliance Francaise and I thought I was OK. I got a major wake-up call when I arrived and realized spoken French in real life is way harder than I thought. I’ve made major improvements since then, but I still have instances when I don’t understand.

So what do I do when I get myself in a pickle?

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The problem with dog poop in France

Written by Diane. Posted in on Dagny the dog, on life in France


French people love their dogs. No one will argue that. From big Great Danes to little Yorkies, the French bring their dogs everywhere including places like the pharmacy and the café for an afternoon coffee — and I love it. What I don’t love is that the simple concept of picking up after your dog seems foreign to pretty much everyone. The problem with dog poop in France is real. A poo bag? What’s that?

Sure, any dog owner can empathize with someone who has been caught off-guard without a bag when little Fifi decides to take a poop. I can’t empathize with nearly every French person’s inability to pick up after their dog. Sh*t, dookie, caca — call it whatever you want. It all feels the same when it’s between your toes.

Is dog poop part of the culture? What gives?

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Brittany, France vacation wrap-up

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

Nothing beats the refreshed feeling you get after a well-deserved vacation, and right now, we’re basking in post-vacation bliss. Have I unpacked my suitcase yet? No, of course not. So what did we do on our Brittany, France vacation?

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