Lost in Lyon : cultural differences with comical results
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- Step by step 2 days ago Many of the friends I have made since moving to France have the good fortune not to work. Despite this, when I see them, they are usually a bit speed, and sometimes quite stressée. Don’t get me wrong: I number amongst those who find doing the laundry and providing delightfully home-cooked meals...
- Everyone is created equal 1 month ago Before I moved to France, I took the liberté, égalité, fraternité motto somewhat for granted. Lovely aspirations, I thought: who would not agree with them? Now that France is in fully-blown election fever, however, I have had cause to note that the égalité part, at least, is not merely a...
- Life in the fast lane 1 month ago In a recent edition of Late Night Woman’s Hour, business woman Hilary Devey was asked whether she followed her instinct in her professional life. She described walking away from a deal with someone after he had revealed that he frequently drove from Brussels to Paris despite being banned from...
- Good day to you 2 months ago Greeting a friend in France is simple. You say bonjour, fix your face into a cross between a pout and a pucker, and lean in for the bise. In Lyon, one air kiss on each side suffices, but so long as you are alert, you can quickly loom in for more if this seems to […]
- The name of the game 2 months ago When we arrived in France, our eldest was plunged into a class called CP, which is where, aged 6-7, French children learn to read from scratch in a single year. Fancying ourselves as we did, Eadred and I thought steering a small child around le chat s’est assis sur le tapis would be a cinch. […]
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20:24 PM May 11, 2015
Love your blog! My husband and I began a conversation this week about the possibility of relocating to France one day when kids are a little older. So just looking around at the moment beginning my research! Your blog is informative and expresses so many of the things I would worry about! Thanks for sharing your experiences!