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.)
Today’s blog post is a guest post by our lovely property sales partner, 56 Paris. Extremely knowledgable about the real estate market in Paris, 56 Paris can help you with all of your property purchasing or selling needs, and help make what is often a stressful situation more manageable. If you’re thinking of purchasing or selling an apartment in Paris, send us a message and we’ll put you in touch.
The team at 56 Paris – Photo courtesy of 56 Paris
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d take the opportunity to share with you some of our favourite intimate and romantic restaurants in Paris. Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or not, and we have to admit we aren’t really ourselves, anything that gives us the excuse to eat well, try out a new restaurant, or enjoy an intimate dinner with friends and loved ones, is never a bad thing!
Check out the following list of some of our favourite restaurants to spend Valentine’s Day in Paris in 2017…
With the winter season in full swing and the upcoming school ski holidays, we thought we’d help you with booking your ski vacation! The sheer amount of resorts in France, not too far from Paris, can make choosing one a challenging task. Here are our top 3 suggestions for ski resorts in France to suit different styles and budgets.
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…
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.
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!
The French are known for their flawless and seemingly effortlessly beautiful skin. How do they do it, you ask? We still have yet to find all the answers, but below are our five favorite French skincare brands that, we think, get us one step closer to the world of perfectly French skin.
An homage to Parisian physician and astronomer, Christian Hugens and his profound understanding of nature; Huygens uses these principles to return to the origins with a focus on Continue reading
There is nothing like the joy of getting a package in the mail. With the explosion of subscription boxes like Birchbox and My Little Box over the past few years, more and more companies are popping up with delivery boxes filled with everything from beauty products to culinary items and even goodies for your pet. Below are some of our top picks to help spruce up your mail delivery each month!
Emma et Chloé
For: The Fashionista
Subscription Options: Monthly, 6-month, yearly
Price: 19.90 euro + 3 euro for shipping per month or 225 euro per year (free shipping)
Each month, the Emma et Chloé box will arrive with a bespoke piece of jewelry from a French creator with a value of 40 to 140 euro. You will learn about each creator and get a new piece of bling to add to your wardrobe! During your membership, you will also receive a 20% discount on all jewelry and accessories in their online shop.
Photo courtesy of Quejadore (gimmy-s-world)
For: The Parisienne
Subscription Options: Every Two Months, you decide if you want to purchase the box & have it delivered
Price: 24.90 euro for the Cocooning Box for Winter 2015/16 Continue reading
Having the opportunity to live in Paris is one that we will continue to be appreciative of. It’s not often that you can step out of your front door to the smell of freshly baked goods, the beauty of your usual apartment block and the chicness of the Parisians. These are all things we are very much grateful for and of course help us to fall in love with the city of Paris so easily.
However, like anywhere in the world, Paris has it’s ups and its downs. Although the lists of positives could go on forever we thought it would be useful, and at times funny, to share with you some of the biggest struggles of living in the city of lights and how to solve them.