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History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

beautiful french words

18 beautiful French words that have no English equivalent

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Everyone can find use for these beautiful French words, which perfectly explain those inexplicable emotions that no English word can't describe.

Learn French: Surviving the language learning curve

Learn French: Surviving the language learning curve

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Just arrived in France and struggling to learn French and speak French? Check out Expatica's tips on the language learning curve and how to learn French in France.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand

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As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

How to celebrate the New Year in France

How to celebrate the New Year in France

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Find out how to jump into celebrating the New Year in France and make your own French King cake to share with friends for Epiphany in France.

Culinary notes from France: 25 facts about French food

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Expat food blogger Dominique Cachat shares 25 trivia French food facts to help you dive into the all-important French food culture.

A guide to French etiquette and manners

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The French have some very formal rules about manners and etiquette. Avoid embarrassment with this guide to French etiquette and French manners.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?

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Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

Top restaurant in France

The French-expat food affair: British chef named 'best French village cafe'

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A small cafe run by a British expat was named France's best village bistrot, on the heels of Marks & Spencer supermarket being named one of the best for takeaway food in Paris. Is this the start of France's expat-love food affair?

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

French beauty tips

French beauty secrets: How to perfect the 'French look' and allure

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French beauty revolves around optimising a woman's allure in an imperfect and seemingly effortless way. Find your French style with these French beauty secrets – from Parisian locals.

The French dress code

The French dress code

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All you need to know about the French dress code: never wear shorts and leave the sweatpants where they belong – at home.

Angry French

How to annoy the French

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If you really want to annoy the French just mention you're a vegetarian or practise your poor French with them, says French native Morgane Croissant.

23 signs you’re a serial expat

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'

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Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

Top 10 biggest misconceptions about France

False facts: Top 10 misconceptions about France

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The French government has had enough – it puts an end to common French falsehoods by proving that top French stereotypes have no basis in reality.



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