Born and raised in Kansas, I moved to France in 2014 to make my lifelong dream a reality. I'm passionate about travel (especially within my adopted country), French culture, and the expat experience.
What you need to know when Parisians take to the streets.
With the Yellow Jacket protests making news around the world, many are wondering if it's still safe to visit Paris. If you’re a bit nervous about coming to the capital, here’s some local insight and practical information to let you know what everyday life is really like in the city when Parisians go on strike.
The French, Parisians in particular, tend to get a bad rap when it comes to friendliness. After living here for over five years and studying the French language and culture for more than a decade before that, here's my insight on why tourists might get their feathers a little ruffled when in Paris...
While millions of tourists flock to Paris in the summer months, it seems nearly all of the capital city’s usual inhabitants head for the hills, spending their fantastically French five-week paid vacation basking in the sunlight on the beaches of the French Riviera or heading abroad to discover new cities, cultures, and landscapes. But we can’t all be so lucky, and indeed a few of us are left behind to battle the hordes of travelers and oftentimes stifling heat here between the Haussmannian buildings.
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Once a year, nearly all historical and cultural monuments in Paris open their doors to the public, for free. For 2021, the event falls on September 18th and 19th, so we're sharing a bit about its history and a few interesting places you might like to check out on the occasion...
Last week, I got a sudden, strong craving for a cinnamon roll. This isn’t something that happens to me often, and believe it or not, in a land full of pastries, this particular treat can be hard to come by. What was I to do?! Luckily, I remembered seeing something about a new boulangerie in Paris on Instagram, one that apparently serves excellent cinnamon buns. So, I decided to give in to my sweet tooth and my social media-fueled curiosity, and finally head to Circus Bakery...
Open since 1965, this Paris music venue is nothing short of legendary. Dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, before becoming ‘Le Bus,’ the space was originally a café-concert open all night, then a jazz club where international talents including Louis Armstrong would come to jam.
With the Coronavirus outbreak causing the capital city to shut down, it seems like no one can really take advantage of what makes Paris so wonderful. But, believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to bring la vie parisienne to us! Whether you can’t leave your Parisian apartment or had to cancel your trip to Paris, here are our Top 7 Ways to Cope with Confinement with a healthy helping of Parisian charm.