Category Archives: Paris Life

Your Guide to the French Educational System


The education system in your country may come as innate knowledge, but from the outside looking in, the educational roadmap may be harder to navigate. As many of you are quite literally moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar, SFP thought it would be helpful to cover some of the topics central to your new way of living. The education system is perhaps one of the most important topics for those living in Paris with kids. It may be a bit tricky to comprehend on your first go, but understanding how kids come into adulthood in France is a valuable and important piece of knowledge about the French culture. Take, for example, the early pathways kids are sorted into in order to choose their topic of expertise. Or take a crack at the organization of levels (hint: the French sometimes count backwards.)

 

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Photo courtesy of JJ Thompson

 

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SFP Neighbourhood Guide | 10th arrondissement


It’s been a while since we’ve posted a neighbourhood guide, and despite the ever changing food scene in Paris, we still have our old and reliable go-to’s. We thought we would share with you our favourite coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels that we feel would give you a full and well-rounded experience of the 10th arrondissement in Paris.

As one of the trendier and younger neighbourhoods of Paris, it’s important to experience this area like a local would, and to discover the charm of it yourself. Boutique shopping, coffee drinking, and eating out at the newest and trendiest restaurants is what the 10th is all about. Allow us to help get you started on your neighbourhood tour.

 

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Cour des Petites Ecuries, 75010, Paris. Photo courtesy of SFP

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What to look forward to in Paris in 2017


Seeing as this is our first blog post of 2017, we want to begin by wishing you all a very happy new year. We hope that this year brings you much happiness, good luck, and success in everything you wish to do. 2016 was a somewhat interesting and difficult year for all of us, but we must look forward, carry on, and strive for a better 2017!

As ever, lots of things are happening and changing in Paris, which means we need to stay on top of it all to know what’s coming up and what is not to be missed. We thought we would help you out with a short list of some exciting things to look out for the in the City of Light this year, and to brighten up this rather grey January day.

Here’s what we’re looking forward to in Paris in 2017…

 

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Guest Post by Lodgis- 800 Years of Les Halles


Once described by Émile Zola as ”the Belly of Paris”, Les Halles (pronounced ”Ley-All”) is a thriving commercial district in the heart of the French capital. The origins of Les Halles (literally ”The Halls”) can be traced to a public market created in the 12th century. In this post, Lodgis, the Parisian real estate agent specialising in furnished apartment rentals, looks at how a historic neighbourhood in Paris’ 1st arrondissement has transformed over 800 years, whilst still preserving a unique identity

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Hanukkah in Paris


Even though France is now a secular country and prides itself on laïcité (“freedom of conscience”), it has a long history of Roman Catholicism before the French Revolution got rid of a national religion. This means that while there is no official state religion, the majority of its citizens are Catholic, and thus holidays such as Christmas and Easter are celebrated very publicly, with special lights, giant Christmas trees (sapin in French), and Christmas-themed window and building dressings. What you may not know, though, is that France has the third largest Jewish population in the world (after Israel and the US), approximately 600,000 people, half of which are living in Paris. Since our CEO is Jewish and we’re certain to have Jewish followers, in the spirit of inclusion, here is a guide on Hanukkah in Paris.

 

Photo by Marine

Photo by Marine

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An Expat Life | Creative Mind Tinz


Allow us to introduce you to the inspiring and creative founder of Creative Mind Tinz storytelling agency, Sageer Suleiman. Originally from Nigeria, Sageer has been in Paris since the young age of 10 years old, and now calls Paris home. After moving abroad several times and experiencing life, culture and new languages in different parts of the world, Sageer’s passion for creativity and story-telling grew and led him to start his project and launch a service to help other’s tell their stories.  Fortunately we were able to sit down with Sageer over coffee and find out more about his agency and where he draws his inspiration from…

 

 

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Off Beat Bakeries


Bakeries, boulangeries, patisseries, are the heart and soul of life in Paris. The city that is world famous for its baguettes and croissants keeps bakeries at the center of daily life. You’ll see the Parisians going to their local bakery daily for a fresh baguette, ripping off the end and eating it on the way home, of course. But where Paris really shines is in its specialty off-beat bakeries, the ones where the pastries that come out are practically works of art. Here are our favorites, so go out and treat yourself on this cold and rainy November day.

Photo by Kathy

Photo by Kathy

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Autumn Recipe | Soupe au Potiron


As the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to turn, we know that Autumn has officially arrived. Not that we are complaining! Autumn is one of our favourite times of the year to be in Paris. Cosying up in one of our favourite cafe’s, wearing chunky knit scarves, and enjoying the beautiful clear skies and sunsets that October brings are amongst our favourite aspects of Autumn. The best part is being able to tuck into some of the delicious and warming foods. Goodbye to picnics and hello to homemade soups!

 

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