Why McDonald’s in France is actually cool

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

McDonalds in France 280 McDonald’s. There. I said it. Like-minded fitness readers, hold on a second before you stop reading. What comes to mind when you think of everyone’s favorite fast food place? Calorie-laden meals packed full of preservatives that are only consumed by fat people, right? Maybe. In the U.S., McDonald’s was pretty much last on my list of places to patronize and I don’t think I’ve set foot in one for anything more than the restroom and a cup of coffee in over 10 years. Then I moved to France…

Why are McDonald’s restaurants in France better?

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

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

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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

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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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Europe travel tips: Paris accommodations and beyond

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

Europe-travel-ideas When planning a vacation in Europe, one of the biggest expenses will be your accommodations. Whether you decide to stay in a hotel or rent an apartment, having somewhere to crash at night is a must. So how do you go about finding the best place to stay when on vacation?

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