Some of you may have noticed the rather prolonged absence of any new posts on souslestoits. Those who know the ways of the French may well have just assumed I was on a 6-month-long congé. Alas this is not the case. The truth is I have left my beloved Paris for pastures new in London. […]

Ladies, are you new to Paris and desperate to acquire that je ne sais quoi that will make you instantly fit in as a true Parisienne, and have hordes of gorgeous Parisian men falling at your feet? Quoi? You’ve done your research and you hear there’s an excellent how-to guide called “La Parisienne.” Non, non, […]

French women are surrounded by myth. They’re supposed to be the sexiest, the chic-est, the most feminine, the best mothers. The list goes on and isn’t helped by recent books like “French women don’t get fat” and “French children don’t throw food.” Sickeningly smug titles that can really make you want to slap someone, if […]

Parisians to the polling station! This Saturday night will see the City of Lights hold it’s very first election for Nightlife Mayor! Finally Paris will have someone to represent the night-owls and maybe even revive Paris nightlife to its former glory. I can’t be the only one who finds the Paris nocturnal scene a little lacklustre […]

Having lived in France for five years, the number of times I’ve heard my home cuisine insulted by a French person is too many to count. It seems to be wired into their DNA: French food is the best in the world (“mais bien sur!”) and British fare isn’t fit for an animal to eat. […]

Flat-hunting & Surviving on a Student Budget in Paris Dear Readers, Sorry for my silence in the blogosphere, but it’s for the very good reason that I am currently also imparting my Paris knowledge, wisdom and all round know-how to the readers of expatriate news website The Local. These include a few articles that my […]

There’s nothing like an apero with your fellow expats for having a good grumble about your adopted country.  It all starts innocently enough, someone mentions a party they’re going to that weekend and is wondering what time to arrive. We all agree that it’s best not to arrive too early as no-one is ever on […]

Having lived here for almost five years now, the “Paris Firsts” (new Parisian experiences) that dominated my first few years of French life have become few and far between, so it is rather disconcerting to find myself in a phase of my life which incorporates not just one Paris First (PF), but many, often on […]

My Dear Readers, I know I have abandoned you of late, but I promise I shall be back asap to regale you with more Paris survival tips, bar recommendations and the odd Franglais cock-up! In the meantime I hope my latest  article for American Woman in France will keep you going.  It recounts my first (but by […]

Tonight I found out the expat’s biggest weakness, the Achilles heel of living in a country that does not share your mother tongue. Allow me to share with you, then, my fall from the lofty heights of my bilingual pedestal. I had previously thought that the hardest challenge my language skills could face would be […]