Star Spangled Summer!

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American flag tank: American Apparel 

Though I'm living La Vie en France I'm still a proud American girl! Before moving to France and like many Americans, I assumed that the French didn't care much for us. I've heard many horror stories of things that Americans have experienced while visiting Paris. Yet to my surprise, my being Americaine has been greeted with much positivity, kindness and mostly curiosity.

For the most part, Parisians are quite kind to me. I had started developing a theory that the more I 'american-ize' my french, the nicer people become, be it at the grocery store, post office etc. Thus, I started conducting mini experiments where I'd enter a boutique and shop owners would kind of just brush me off until I spoke broken french, then voila we're having conversations about Miami (a lot of french are quite obsessed with Miami, by the way)!

There have been a few times when I've entered a party/ get together and everyone doesn't really give me a second look, but the second there hear me speaking my butchered french then suddenly I'm the belle of the ball!

STARS + STRIPES

The American flag is all the rage in France this summer when it comes to fashion! I see it on shoes, bags, shirts, sunglasses... you name it and people are rocking it. From a design standpoint, the American flag is quite fun to design with. Not only we have stripes but our iconic stars to work with, while many other flags are patternless designs.

I also see a lot of people wearing the union jack as well, but never the french flag.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend!!

Happy Birthday America!

La foire!

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One thing I like about summertime are the french fairs that pop up! I adore them. Mainly because of the cute sweet stands they have serving up any and all sugary concoctions one can imagine! Goodness I just wanted to eat everything.

Since Paris is a city full of beige immeubles (buildings), these colorful fairs are a sight for sore eyes. Sure you still your creepy carnies and the un-savory types who hang around, but it's all good fun none the less.

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I'm looking forward to hitting up the summer fair in the Tuileries! I love going at night and watching the eiffel tower sparkle from the top of the ferris wheel!!

bisous!

Jessi

 

Le Sud de la France

 About a month ago my friend and I headed down to the South of France to visit my sister-in-law Charlotte and her lovely family in Hyerés les Palmiers. I must say, life in the South of France is definitely one to envy. Lots of sunshine, beach time, savory foods and delicious tropezienne desserts. I tried anchovies for the first time and LOVED it. It was so nice to get out of the city for a couple of days & enjoy a little of what the south has to offer. Can't wait to go back in June with P!

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Tropezienne dessert!! YUMMM

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The beautiful countryside between St. Tropez & Hyerés
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 HYERÉS LES PALMIERS

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bisous!!

Jessi

Viaduc des Arts

Ipmp©JessiMichelle_MG_2219_editOur Easter was pretty relaxing. We met up with a couple of friends and walked the Viaduc des Arts. It's a lovely park and gardens positioned on top of a bridge that stretches for 1.5 km. On the bottom of the bridge are many shops ranging from furniture, fashion, lighting jewelry and etc. Between the shops are arches for cars to drive through. My favorite thing about this park is that it's positioned high above the street and between buildings. Which offers a unique view of Paris. There's also a big open field that's perfect for a picnic and a nap. The park itself would be a great place for a run or an afternoon of reading.

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Hope you all had a nice Easter spent with family and friends!

bisous!!

Jessi

My First Month in Paris

wheel Well, it's official, as of yesterday I have been in France for a month and I have survived! You best believe I'll be celebrating avec beaucoup de vin ce soir [that's french for: with a lot of wine tonight] <-- not a bad phrase to know!

Moving to France (or any foreign country) is NOT easy. Not only is french a freaking beautiful mess of a confusing language, but it's also difficult being away from friends/ family. Also, those who know me personally know I'm a bit of a work-a-holic. For the past 4 years my life & schedule has been structured with grad school and the start of my career right afterwards. Being jobless, I find myself not knowing what to do with my time. But best believe, fun projects are brewing in my mind ;)

At the beginning of this week P and I signed the lease for an apartment, which we were SO blessed to score! It was only the second apartment we looked at too! I had heard from a lot of people that it's either really easy or really hard to find a place in Paris. I imagine it would've been 100 times more difficult had I been looking alone. In Paris, you must make 3 times your rent in your monthly paycheck. For two people that's easy to do. But I'm not currently working right now, so like I said, we got lucky!

Whilst here I've made some observations of everyday life.

2 Observations + 1 Fear Overcome

Observation 1 - Room Temp Milk: If you ever find yourself in a french grocery store,  you will notice that the milk and eggs aren't refrigerated. You will find them on a shelf just like you find the canned peas on a shelf. As the daughter of a food scientist, I'm not sure how long it's going to take me to get over this. But my darling mother has assured me that all is well and I will live. So nothing to worry about! Supposedly, because the milk is less processed than what I'm used to in the U.S. it doesn't need to be refrigerated (I think... don't quote me on that).

Observation 2 - Crutches Everywhere: I'm not completely sure what's going on here, but I've been noticing a lot of women with crutches. Most of the time they carry a single crutch. What's strange about this is that I only ever see women with these and not men. I blame the cobblestone streets. Walking on those things in heels is just asking for a twisted ankle. Yet, we all do it anyways cause we gotta be cute :) Also, I've witnessed a lot of people tripping up stairs. I too have tripped up stairs and many times on flat ground and I'm not usually a clumsy person. So yeah, not sure what that's about, but just tread carefully when you're here.

Fear Overcome - Tiny Elevator: I have overcome the fear of the Tiny Elevator at the apt we've been staying at. Not only is this thing tiny, but it makes weird banging noises when you're in it and makes sudden jolts. A friend visiting from SF compared the inside to that of a microwave, whereas I compared it to the foil of a burrito and we were the filling. This elevator fits 1 person - comfortably, 2 people - kind of uncomfortably, 3 people - we're definitely all up in each others personal space and I'm uncomfortable about it & 4 people - impossible as the max is 3 people. Ladies and gents, I give you the tiny elevator...

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This month has been a whirlwind. I've been learning lots about myself, my beau, food, patience, language, this country and my country. Until next time!

bisous,

Jessi