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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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The Best Areas to Buy in Paris and Why


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.

 

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The team at 56 Paris – Photo courtesy of 56 Paris

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SFP Favourites | Romantic & Intimate Restaurants in 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…

 

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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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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.

 

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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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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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Our Paris Bucket List


Ask anyone who has been to Paris, someone who came to visit, or someone who lived here for years and years, and we guarantee they’ll all say they wish they had done “x” or didn’t have the time to do “y.” Well, we’re going to give you our tourist bucket list, as well as an insider bucket list, of everything you should try to do before you leave Paris. How many can you cross off already?

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The Reporthair |Your Personalised Hair Stylist


After the sleepy-eyed, new mommy-hood early months of 2016, when the days started to get a bit warmer and I started taking my new little bundle of joy out and about on the town, I realised that I was in desperate need of a refreshing new look! The Reporthair was the perfect solution!

Photo: The Reporthair

Photo: The Reporthair

After a quick phone call with a hair consultant to talk about my hair and what I was looking to have done, the delightful Anita showed up at my apartment with everything Continue reading