Useful blogs written by expats in France
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From city life to countryside living, these expat blogs offer an interesting insight into life in France with lots of advice for others moving to France
From a little village in Tarn-et-Garonne, Rue du Belvedere gives its readers a little insight into an idyllic way of family life in France. Written by mum-of-two Becky from London, the blog focuses on four areas of life, namely family, food, crafting and travel. Everything, from family adventures in their charming campervan to advice on keeping chickens and home-made sewing projects paints a rather lovely image of how much simpler and sweeter family life in France can be.
The French Village Diaries celebrates what most people associate small-town French life with: cooking, reading, cycling and generally enjoying the good life. Featuring a range of classic French recipes (from moules marnière and ratatouille to apple cake and walnut bread) and a list of great book recommendations, this blog is all about how best to soak up some joie de vivre.
Written by a ‘40-ish American woman’ Belle Provence Travels is a guide for anyone thinking of visiting this part of the south of France. From where to eat in Provence to how to dress in the south of France, the blog provides a useful overview of what to do, what to see and where to go in this particularly pretty pocket of France.
Sophia, the blogger behind Peripatetic describes herself as ‘Human female. Expat. Hiker. Recent camping convert.’ Based in Lyon, her blog reflects her character profile accordingly with beautifully illustrated accounts of her hiking and camping adventures as well as adjusting to the trials, tribulations and joys of her home life as an expat in Lyon.
Haven’t yet made the dream of making wine in France a reality? Then live vicariously through one Canadian’s account of doing exactly that on the blog, When Wine Sings. Humorously written, this blog is not only an uplifting read but it is an interesting insight into one expat’s undertaking of learning how to make wine as she guides us through her year studying a masters in vineyard and winery management in Bordeaux.
Being an expat in any foreign country can seem a daunting prospect but blogs like Diane Wargnier’s Oui in France provide a reassuring reminder that you’re not alone in the experience. As well as stories of her outings to the morning market and baking bread in her Le Creuset oven, there is lots of helpful advice for life in France, ranging from reviews of the best French pharmacy products to how to open a French bank account.
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Anyone who has uprooted to France can most likely identify with having a case of itchy feet; an urge to see another part of the world, and seeing France through American Anne Ditmeyer’s Prêt à Voyager is a real treat for the eyes. Focusing mainly on Paris, her stylish images are bold and bright and never fail to cheer you up!
Writing from an 18th-century farmhouse in south-west France, British expat Vanessa Couchman’s Life on La Lune is perfect for history buffs. Writing about the historic past of French villages and towns that she visits and the origins of French traditions, this blog is for those with an inquisitive mind.