The Journey To Becoming French

Are We French Yet?

I have a case of envy….French envy. Keith Van Sickle’s new book, “Are We French Yet?—Keith and Val’s Adventures In Provence” is comprised of 40 very entertaining stories about how he and his wife have attempted to adjust to part-time life in Provence. While the process to become (more) French was not without difficulties and many humorous incidents, I envy what they went through because in life it’s the journey to becoming French that matters, not the end result. Continue reading →

Where to see French films with English subtitles in Paris

Where to see French films with English subtitles in Paris

I’m not sure about where you live, but where I live, very few French movies (with English subtitles) are shown. I can get my “fix” when the International Film Festival comes to Toronto but that only happens for 2 weeks every September. What if you’re in the mood to see some good French films with English subtitles in Paris? Yes, they exist!  An organization called, “Lost In Frenchlation” holds special evenings where French films with English subtitles are shown. I attended Comedy Night when I was last in Paris and it was a really enjoyable evening with more than just “watching a movie”. There was stand up comedy and cocktails too! Continue reading →

Historical Walking Tour: Life In Paris During WWII

French Resistance posters from the Musee de l'ordre de la liberation, Paris--Life In Paris During WWII

Books and movies can give you a general idea of what a place and time period are like. I had visited the D-Day beaches in Normandy, seen movies like “Saving Private Ryan”, “Schindler’s List”, and “The Longest Day” and read books such as “Suite Francaise” and “All The Light We Cannot See”. But being on a historical tour where you hear stories about life in Paris during WWII really brings it to life. I was transported back to the 1940s when Paris was occupied by the Germans when I recently took a walking tour highlighting this time period in Paris and I discovered much more about the city that I have come to love. Continue reading →

INSIDR Smartphone In Paris: Making Travelling Easier

INSIDR Smartphone in Paris

Since 2015, INSIDR, a Paris start-up, has been helping travellers in over 30 countries plan their trips and one of their products is a smartphone. But it’s not just any mobile device. It’s your travel guide and concierge all in one packed with enough content and apps to make one’s journey just a little bit easier. I got to try out this great little (but powerful) device in Paris recently and I will be very honest and say I was duly impressed. The INSIDR smartphone in Paris is all about making travelling easier. How they get you your device and how you return it is pretty creative too. Continue reading →

Renter Beware: Costly Roadside Assistance In France

Renter Beware! Costly Roadside Assistance In France

Travelling can be a wonderful experience when you rent a car. But not always. After 30 trips to France, I guess it was time for me to have an awful experience. My roadside assistance experience in France was not just stressful, but a shock to my wallet.  I have a little story nightmare to share with you about renting a car in France.  Hopefully, you’ll never encounter the types of problems I did, but if you do, you’ll understand what to do to navigate the difficult task of renting a car and dealing with road assistance issues. Continue reading →