Home  »  France  »  Blogs  »  Expat Blog

Expat Blog - Recent Posts

» submit your new blog post
  • A Selection of Budget Cafes and Bars in Paris

    Published February 15th, 2012 by Raistlin

    Seven Great Budget Cafes and Restaurants in Paris

    If you’re planning a trip to Paris on a shoestring, don’t worry; you can still enjoy the city’s world-renowned dining. For a great meal that won’t break the bank, try one of these seven excellent restaurants and cafes. 


    Chartier has been serving traditional food at a great price since the turn of the century. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the brassiere first opened its doors in 1896. Today, Chartier retains its Belle Epoque décor, especially evident in the 1929 mural featuring one of the first artistic renditions of an airplane. Open for lunch and dinner, menu items range from duck confit to pave, chitterling s...

    continue reading »

  • Culture Shock: What to Expect When Relocating to a Foreign Country

    Published February 13th, 2012 by Penny Munroe

    Many people assume that culture shock describes the element of surprise and wonder experienced when relocating to a foreign country. However, culture shock is much more complicated, consisting of various stages each with their own characteristics and symptoms. A general culture shock definition is the feelings experienced when leaving the familiar to live in a foreign country. Common feelings experienced are alienation, frustration and anger although this can be overcome with feelings of ease and comfort. Even the most discerning traveller and open-minded person can be susceptible to culture shock and there is little th...

    continue reading »

  • Staying Healthy Abroad

    Published February 12th, 2012 by simongrant

    Whether you are going abroad to work or to have a good time it is important to take care of your health while you are away.


    It can be easy to get an upset stomach when you are travelling. This is not only unpleasant and embarrassing, but has the potential to really mess up your trip. Imagine missing that important meeting your boss has sent you half way round the world or the full moon party you have been waiting for because you are off being ill – not a good look.

    So what can be done to avoid ‘holiday tummy’? One important tip is to try to be a little bit selective when it comes to choosing where to eat.  Roadside vendors might not be the safest choice for chow. As far as restaurants go ...

    continue reading »

  • Top Tips for Moving Abroad

    Published February 11th, 2012 by Gomesia

    If you love the idea of living in a foreign country or if you need to relocate abroad for work, then you’re going to face a move that’s a little bit more challenging than going to a different part of town or another city. Here are some tips that will help you get through the process.


    1. Research


    Every country is different so you can’t base anything on how things work where you are now. For example, some countries use auctions to sell homes while others don’t offer mortgages. Do as much research as possible before you decide to move. You can read books about the location, visit in person, and talk to other expatriates who live there (easier to do thanks to the Internet). You...

    continue reading »

  • Tips for Driving in a Foreign Country

    Published February 9th, 2012 by amywiltbank

    Driving in a new country is one of the best ways to truly see and experience the culture and scenery. Instead of being restricted by public transportation schedules, anyone can set off in a vehicle and explore whatever interests them at that particular moment, whether that is a small village in Italy or a towering peak in the Swiss Alps. However, it is important to keep in mind that driving can differ greatly from country to country. The cars, the insurance policies, the road rules and even the side of the road you drive on can all change depending on which ...

    continue reading »

  • Top 5 Restaurants in Paris

    Published February 2nd, 2012 by insidersblogger1

    Paris is not just a destination for sightseeing, romance and exploration. It is also a place where you can discover local French cuisines that can surely give excitement to the eyes, nose and mouth, of course. If you visit Paris in France, do not just concentrate on the landmarks and attractions. You must also spend some time looking for incredibly good restaurants. Do not worry because the top five restaurants below are not included on the A-list. Exclusive and world class restaurants are extremely expensive causing you to pay a fortune for only a slice of a cake or a plate of dish. The good news is that there are actually several excellent choices of restaurants in Paris that offer tasty foods, ambient dining tables, reliable services a...

    continue reading »