19 October 2013

Life in France

Today, Kate is taking over my blog {aka guest posting} Don't miss me a lot, I'll be back tomorrow ;) Have a reading Journey to France. Grab a croissant, relax & read!

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Hey friends! I'm Kate and I blog over at Diaries of an Essex Girl and whilst most of the time I blog about whatever I feel like, the most reoccurring topic is my adventures around Europe. I am a British expat and have been traveling around for almost 2 years, soaking up as many cultures as I can before leaving for Japan next year. One of my favourite countries that I have lived in so far would have to be France. I have talked about how France was like home for me previously but it's so hard to share all of my tales in one post that I haven't managed to cover a lot of it yet. Today, I want you share with you all a little bit about what my life was like living in a residential area of Paris. I ate the most beautiful baguette daily (how I managed to lose 40lbs, I will never know), drank fruity wine and was neighbours with a palace - seriously. Look at me hanging out at my neighbour's house ;)! Life in France When I wasn't living it up at the palace... haha, I'm just kidding. Although I did walk past the "Chateau au Versailles" on a daily basis and would often use the gardens as a shortcut to my friend's house. I totally took all of this for granted whilst living there which is such a shame but a wonderful memory to have. Fortunately, I also went running in a small section of the gardens which means I would often
stop and dietake a break for a pretty picture.

Life in France

  Something else I frequently took for granted? The Eiffel Tower or Tour Eiffel... depending on if you are English/French! Every time I went into the centre of Paris, I came off the metro and was greeted with the Eiffel Tower and it became "part of the scenery" for me. It also became a good place to meet up and drink cheap wine or vodka when my friends and I didn't have enough money to go out in clubs! Can you blame us? Look at how beautiful is it in the dark... Life in France Other than looking at pretty things every day, my friends and I did a lot of really "normal" things in France such as go to bars, go out for lunch/coffee, order sushi for dinner (the best sushi I have EVER had was in the town I lived, Versailles), get together for parties, etc. Being part of an expat community is nice because it means you can all get together and discuss how crazy the current country is compared to your home one, the best part being you get a great mix of cultures! I was part of a friendship group with people from Australia, Scotland, America, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden and Mexico. That's pretty crazy right? Most of us met through taking French language classes as some required to learn the language for their visas. Lucky for me, being a European citizen means I can come and go all over Europe without having to worry about a visa - how awesome is that?! I decided to take a language class anyway because the French are not known for their English language skills... infact they are, but it's the exact opposite of good! ;) I am SO GLAD I did take this class though because it's how I met the majority of my wonderful friends in France and I was told we were one of the best classes the school could remember in years! Life in France Awww, I miss these guys! Ah, it's been so nice taking a trip down memory lane with you guys today! This post has definitely encouraged me to write some more on my time in France as I have so many great pictures and stories to share. For now, I'll leave you with a picture of the love lock bridge which you have to see in person to appreciate... Life in France Saving the best for last, this is probably one of the most gorgeous things I saw in Paris. It's a metro station entrance... amazing right?! Life in France Thank you so much to Areeba for having me today, if you guys want to catch up with me you can get in touch on my blog, follow me on Bloglovin' or tweet me!

13 comments:

  1. Great photos, I love Paris! I am heading there next month for my birthday :) I will have to pop over to your blog and check out your other adventures :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing with us! I lived in China for the majority of my life, despite being a US national. It's great to see what expats are doing and loving in other countries :) x

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  3. Ohh Paris is so beautiful . My future wanderlust (oh I mean list) contains Eiffel tower and I can't stop staring this awesome snap :)

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  4. Paris is in my top 10 places I want to travel and adventure off too. Love the pics!

    Anna Czarina

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  5. I love Kate's blog and this guest post! I really love that pic of the Eiffel Tower...I'd love to visit Paris some day. =0)

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  6. Great pics
    Beautiful photos
    compliments

    www.welovefur.com

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  7. Great photos. Wishing that someday I'll be able to go to Paris <3

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  8. I would love to go to Paris. Those photo's are so beautiful!

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  9. These pictures look stunning! I would love to go there!!

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  10. KILLING ME, I've always wanted to go to Paris!

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  11. Love paris and photos are great! Love to be there, shop and eat:)

    Willie
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/a4/index.htm

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  12. I went to Paris a couple of months ago and loved it so much. It felt like home for some odd reason and every where you look is just beautiful. I think it was better than I ever imagined and I got a lot of great photos as well which you can find under my travel tab

    http://diaryofatrendaholic.blogspot.ca/

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