Bonjour à tous!
Today, I will share with you some tips and personal observations of living la vie française!
If you are planning a visit to France, thinking about moving to France OR just what to add a little Oh la la in your life, this is a MUST DO top ten lt blend in the natives!
Forget the big name stores like Hermès or Louis Vuitton! Truth is, save your money and buy it stateside! Instead, go off the beaten path and see what you can find! If you are in Bordeaux, I recommend a stroll down Rue Notre Dame, where you will find funky antique shops, restos, and little gems just waiting to be admired!
2. Take advantage of public transportation!
You can visit infotbc.com for bus and tram schedules.
I would recommend purchasing a 10-voyage pass (its about 11€) and see where you end up!
Bus 4 takes you to the doorstep of several vineyards, including Château Haut-Brion!
3. Rent a bike!
Bordeaux has many cycling paths, and again, some that lead to the doorsteps of several wine châteaux and/or to the beach!
When my mom visited me, we rented a bike, cycled outside of Bordeaux and stopped off at a quaint bistro for a glass of rosé! We rented her bike from a local shop called Cool Bike. It was only 5€ for the day and they also rent rollerblades for 7€!
I believe we had to leave a caution or deposit of 200€ -- its normal -- and perhaps leave or show a photo ID, that, unfortunately, I do not remember!
4. Get outdoors!
A favorite French pastime is having a picnic! Picnics are acceptable anytime! I have seen people out having apéros on the Quai at 2am and it's cheaper than going out to a bar or resto! Discover a local outdoor market, grocery story or boulangerie and pick up something to share like hummus, baguettes, fruit, ham slices and some cheese, my favorite is comté or beaufort, and don't forget the wine, rosé is perfect for this occasion!!
5.Host an apéro!
What's that, you ask? It is a party with lots of different things to nosh on, like a potluck, sort of! Most guests bring something to share or drink and fun is had by all!! Again, it is cheaper than going to a restaurant or bar! Some food ideas include deviled eggs, an assortment of deli meats, different cheeses, nuts, chips and dips -- use your imagination!
6. Start Smoking!
I'm kidding of course, but as many Frenchies smoke, best get use to it! Although smoking is banned in certain areas, there are always loopholes! If you want your French experience to be smoke free, then stay home! Again, it is something you get use to it and if you don't, move on!
7. Bring a scarf!
I love scarves, however when I lived in Las Vegas, they weren't necessary. In France, they are not only necessary but also an accessory! Men and women wear them all year long, so invest in some beautiful silk ones or funky ones and wear them how you please -- around your neck, in your hair, as a belt, as a purse accesory, as a bracelet, once, I even wore mine as an anklet!!!!!
8. Don't make a fool of yourself!
I think this is universal, yeeeeettttt, Americans are way more comfortable making an idiot out of themselves just to get the party started! (Yes, I speak from experience!) Frenchies don't. They just don't! They feel and believe -- why would anyone want to be foolish?! Why!?!
9. Fashion Fashion Fashion!
French fashion is simple, elegant and above all CLASSY! French women prefer clothing that will last a lifetime, rather than the latest fads or trends. Don't get me wrong, their wardrobe consists of the latests fashions, yes, but it is perhaps only one piece that again, will remain timeless! Again, simple, elegant and classy -- ALWAYS!
Visiting France, you will walk - a lot! So hear me, do not EVER wear trainers or flip flops -- unless you are working out or at the beach, DO NOT wear them! Converse are perfectly acceptable, as are pretty sandals, NO CROCS, ballet flats, wedges, kitten heels & funky (and most importantly comfortable) shoes!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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