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Travel Diaries: Maintenon

Despite being so big, this sweet chateau is romantic and cosy! When I stepped on the TER bound for Maintenon I didn't know what I was going to encounter. Based on what I knew historically about Madame Francoise, I figured I would see a lot of Catholic religious items and a very quiet colorless decor. Why? Again, based on what I have read about her being a deeply pious woman. Walking just a short distance from the gare I was pleasantly greeted with forests, the sound of babbling water, and whistling trees waving softly in the wind. Instantly I fell in[...]

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French Girl Picks: Exploring Chartres

When I moved out of Paris, three months ago I was a little nervous about the new city I chose to live in. I wasn't quite sure if I would love it as much as I told myself I would, and I wasn't sure if we would fit here. Be we have and we did! Everyone here is so lovely and welcoming. If I am going to be honest I would say that it has been a wonderful pleasure getting to know my new home and town. Learning about its past, where the town sees itself going, and how community-oriented this town really is makes transitioning here easier. As you may know, I love[...]

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Travel Diaries: Rambouillet

I fell hard....again! I will be the first to admit that I fell hard and fast for Versailles. If you have ever been there then you would completely understand. Paris is lovely, for others, but Versailles. Well, that is a love affair that I fear will never die. Having said that, I must admit that I have found another love. (insert gasp here) Or if you're a lady grab those smelling salts before you faint. Rambouillet If you have ever seen Gilmore Girls, then you know all about Stars Hollow. You also know how charming and lovely they make that little town o[...]

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Researching My Family Tree

I love to research. The smell of old books, card catalogs, and cranky librarians are just a few things that I love about research. When I moved to France a few months ago I had no ambition to figure out where I could find my mom's family. One main reason, I figured they were no longer living. However, after a trip to the Musee l'armee I realized something. I want to be proud of my French heritage, culture, and family. And thanks to my 23 and Me report, which tells me that, I reign from the North of France, I owe it to myself to know more about my background.[...]

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You Should Follow Your Dreams!

I was knee-deep in Instagram looking at holiday pictures and trying to get inspired when I saw a wonderful post by a travel blogger that I simply adore. There were several pictures of her and her husband in Germany as they played in the snow. In her post, she talked about the situation that occurred right before the pictures were taken. In the post, she said she and her husband had a heated discussion about where her mother was going to sleep since they didn't have a couch. Sometime later they went outside for a walk and it started snowing. From there[...]

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The French Dream

Change for me does not come easy. So when the husband asked me to decide what we should do as we faced a change in our lives I was going through some hard times. I was underappreciated at my job, I mean it was bad. I was feeling extremely low about myself, and afraid of what was to come next. So I had to give what he proposed a lot of thought. You see seven years ago, during a Christmas trip to Germany, I told the husband I had dual citizenship in France. His face lit up like the sun, he was excited and he told me so. Right there we both admitted that we[...]

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Christina in Paris

Christina in Paris has a nice ring to it, don't you agree! I never wanted to live in a big city, like Paris. All I wanted to do was to move out to the country. That is where my heart is and that is where I know I'll be happy. I'll be surrounded by my fainting goats, chickens and a couple of pigs. Ah the dream! However, my job brought me to Paris and so I am living here in the city of lights. I know that I have complained a bit about it but there have been a lot of GREAT things happening. (oh and I wouldn't be very French if I didn't complain!) For instanc[...]

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Travel Diaries: A day trip to the Musee de l’armee

I am not a war enthusiast in the slightest, nor do I enjoy weapons of mass destruction. I am however, a HUGE history fan. One of the reasons we moved to France was to explore my heritage and culture. In the states I would try to read as much as I could on French History. In school all I ever learned about was the politics behind the French Revolution, a bit about Napoleon, and then of course France's role during WWII. The Musee de l'armee is not like any museum I have ever had the pleasure to visit. First of all you need to understand it's origins. The Muse[...]

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Things I learned when I moved Abroad Part 2

In my previous post, Things I learned when I moved Aboard, which you can read here, I talked about things that were clear and obvious. Being European, but having never lived in Europe I knew a few things. However, after moving here I learned a ton more. Let's just say, if I could go back a few months or weeks I would have told myself that I would need to book an apartment as soon as I could, and that I need a grantor, oh and a good amount of money. Not only do I need to have the first and last month's rent but because this is my first time living in France I[...]