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…you start complaining about everything

Everyone knows that the French are masters at complaining.  And Parisians even more so.  You only need to sit next to a couple of Parisians on a terrace or overhear a conversation on the metro to realise this.  Instagrammers (including me) may try to lead you to believe that la vie est belle in Paris […]

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…you shut down over summer

Summer has a way of sneaking up on you in Paris.  The ponts of May come and go.  The days start getting longer (as you’re reminded by the weather presenters on the nightly news who cheerfully announce the extra minutes of sunshine for the following day), street-sellers put away their stock of umbrellas and start […]

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…you learn to live with the strikes

The strikes (or “les grèves“) are one of the biggest clichés about living in France.  And much like the difficulties of dealing with l’administration or the frequency with which French people say “oh la la“, after you live here for a while you quickly realize that this cliché is very much true. I’ve seen many […]