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Real insight on French culture from a French native point of view.
Mostly run by Em, 26, living in Paris.
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Hahahahaha ! So so true ! 

Des gens sont morts à cause de la 18. 

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L’enfer Cabaret, Boulevard de Clichy, Montmartre, Paris

Built circa 1890; demolished circa 1952.

Entertainment inside the “inferno of hell” included musicians dressed as devils and interior volcanos that spewed scented lava of molten gold. 

After the “cabaret artistique” was demolished, the site became a Monoprix retail store.

Look at these babes!

The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.
The inscription above the entrance reads AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE ( “To the great men, the grateful homeland”). By burying its great men in the Panthéon, the Nation acknowledges the honour it received from them. As such, interment here is severely restricted and is allowed only by a parliamentary act for “National Heroes”. Similar high honours exist in Les Invalides for historical military leaders such as Napoléon, Turenne and Vauban.
Among those buried in its necropolis are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès and Soufflot, its architect. Marie Curie is the only woman interred based on her own merits.

The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.

The inscription above the entrance reads AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE ( “To the great men, the grateful homeland”). By burying its great men in the Panthéon, the Nation acknowledges the honour it received from them. As such, interment here is severely restricted and is allowed only by a parliamentary act for “National Heroes”. Similar high honours exist in Les Invalides for historical military leaders such as Napoléon, Turenne and Vauban.

Among those buried in its necropolis are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès and Soufflot, its architect. Marie Curie is the only woman interred based on her own merits.

My Trip to France : Paris, Quessoy, Bretagne

Last year I visited Paris and stayed there a cumulative total of two weeks (I visited France three times), and stayed in Quessoy, a small village near Rennes, Bretagne for about 2 weeks working at a music camp. 

In terms of Paris, I really loved the atmosphere; I’m from New York so I was very much used to the craziness of city-life, but Paris seemed a bit more relaxed. People walk generally slower; meals take much longer; people don’t seem to be in a rush all the time; women wear less makeup and guys wear more fitted clothing; the metro is much much cleaner than the nyc subway; things were different but not too different. I still felt like a city chick. The three big things that I did not like however was customer service, the amount of smoking especially among young people, and how everything closes on Sundays. 

In terms of working in Quessoy, Bretagne; that was an interesting experience because my french wasn’t so great (I could understand about 75% when spoken to but had trouble responding), so dealing with semi-bilingual kids (some spoke ok english some didn’t) and adults on a daily basis for 2 weeks really pushed me, but it was a good experience. In terms of the people that I’ve interacted with at the camp, people are similar no matter where you go so I didn’t really assume that there was going to be a great difference between the french and americans, but I noticed a few small things. People smile less but touch more; they are a bit quieter; jokes are a bit darker and sarcastic; people express emotions more freely; there’s more uniformity in attire; there’s less political correctness; but overall I didn’t notice any huge differences. Quessoy was very quiet, lots of cows, the people were nice, it was very relaxing, and there was lots of fog in the morning, but nothing was surprising. 

I loved France and I definitely plan on going back, hopefully for a longer period of time though. 

*sorry that this is really long but I tried cutting it down as much as I could*

Salut! Je déménagerai à Paris en quelques mois mais c'est assez difficile pour moi à trouver un appart assez bon marché dans un quartier pas complètement dégoûtant! J'ai cherché pratiquement partout sur la toile mais je connais pas les sites réfutables et je sais pas par où commencer. Si quelqu'un peut m'aider je serais tellement contente! Aussi, ton blog est énorme, je l'adore!!


(I’ll answer in English because this could be very useful to other students in need)

I’ll bring bad news but cheap+Paris = impossible. The current prices are 700/800€ for a 20m² studio located in great places (and by great, I mean without junkies at every corner of the street). It is nearly impossible to find a clean and legal studio for 500€. The arrondissements to “avoid” are the 19th and 20th (even though Belleville is getting really great lately so this area is fine). Be careful when you’re looking for an appartment, some websites or agencies ask you to pay to get a list of available appartments. This is illegal, the lists are fake. Some nasty people take advantage of the Paris’ high prices to fool young studends or people with low budget. Really, keep that in mind.

Few options :
Look for a studio in other cities nearby Paris : Vincennes, Courbevoie, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Neuilly-Plaisance, Boulogne-Billancourt, Saint-Cloud, Charenton-le-Pont are very fine cities and that are very easily reachable by metro/bus/RER. They usually provide cheaper prices for the same quality of life. The metro/RER tickets are unlimited on week-ends, so you can go to Paris and come back to the city as much as you want.

Colocation (roommates)
http://www.colocation.fr/
http://www.appartager.com/
http://www.recherche-colocation.com/
http://www.colocationfrance.fr/
http://www.ma-colocation.com/

A new trend in Paris, le logement solidaire or intergénérationnel (to rent a room in the appartment of an old person)
http://www.leparisolidaire.fr/wp/
http://www.reseau-cosi.com/annuaire/
http://www.logement-solidaire.org

Websites to find an appartment :
www.avendrealouer.fr
www.seloger.com
www.orpi.com
www.logic-immo.com
www.Explorimmo.com/Immobilier

For both studios and roommates :
www.mapiaule.com/logement-etudiant.html

And of course, feel free to ask me on tumblr or more privately on facebook if you need help on a particular flat you’re interested in, if you want me to look it up to avoid any fraud or anything…

Very nice French blog about Culture in Paris ! A must-follow I believe.

Enorme! 

J’irai! C’est trop cool :3

THIS IS SEXY. I just… yes