January through March is often the hardest time of year, expatriate or not. The hubbub that surrounded the end-of-the-year holidays has long since died down, and while the days are starting to get longer, this doesn’t help much when all it does is allow you to better see the trash and debris that the wind is whipping around outside your window. Those friends and family members that envy your “living the good life” in France have obviously never met the horizontal rain of Paris, the mistral, or the vent d’autan. With these forces of nature to contend with, it can be easy to forget about the joys of living in the land of great wine, mouth-watering cheese, and to-die-for bread. At times like this, when internal inspiration is lacking, it is sometimes nice to look outside at another’s experience. And the best way to do that from the comfort of your cozy home is??? Expatriate blogs, of course!
This is our mini “best of” list of the blogs (in no particular order) that we enjoy perusing whilst the wind is whistling outside. They definitely help remind us of why we chose to live here and makes us feel a little better about not being alone in our trials and tribulations.
Lost in Cheeseland
In her blog “Lost in Cheeseland” Lindsey Tramuta, “a Paris transplant from Philadelphia who fell in love with a Frenchman” documents her love affair with her adopted country. Like any real-life love affair, there are the occasional lows to accompany the highs. A professional writer, photographer, and self-proclaimed foodie, Lindsey reminds us what it truly means to “bloom where you are planted.” One of our favorite features of her blog, “Franco File Fridays,” highlights other expatriates who are finding ways to do what they love and love what they do in Cheeseland. You might also enjoy this article…
Professional cook and baker turned best-selling author, David Lebovitz, regales us with recipes and more in his self-titled blog. Here is a man that not only knows good food…he knows how to make it. Just scrolling down through the pictures of his edible creations leaves our mouths watering and our bellies growling. Bonus! If you’re ever in Paris, you can take advantage of one of his food tours. What better way to discover a city than through its chocolate! Although his blog already does a pretty good job of taking you behind the scenes of his “Sweet Life in Paris.” Interested in blogging yourself? Check out this interview with David.
We LOVE Jessie Kanelos’s minimalist blog! And with a writing style as original as her artwork, it is as much fun to read as it is to look at. Seeing Paris, in particular the culinary delights it has to offer, through her charming sketches is a great way to appreciate the little things that make the City of Light such an intriguing (and YUMMY) place to live.
Not your typical French lesson. In her thrice-weekly blog posts, Kristin Espinasse illustrates a French vocabulary word with anecdotes drawn from her life in Provence. Often hilarious, sometimes thought-provoking, and ALWAYS personal, these anecdotes can be appreciated by all of those who find the French as impossible and charming as their language. If you enjoy her blog, be sure to check out her book Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France.
Sarah in Le Petit Village
Welcome to Le Petit Village! Sarah, an American expat from Texas, who met her French husband while working in Dublin (her mom is Irish) brings village life alive from her home in southern France, as she introduces you to an array of real-life, colorful characters. From Big Man, the new owner of Le Petit Bar to Big Cheese, who put on a show of his own durning the town’s Fête des lumières. Definitely never a dull moment in LPV! Thanks for entertaining us Sarah!
What expatriate blogs do you follow? Do you have your own blog that you would like to share with us?