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Writing retreats expat experience

Why writing can make a great expat experience better

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"We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand," wrote CS Lewis. Author and expat Jo Parfitt explains why she believes writing can benefit expats.

Halloween in France

10 things you need to know about Halloween in France

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Why do the French hate Halloween? If you're looking to celebrate an American-style Halloween in France, you might be disappointed. Here are 10 things you should know before preparing your Halloween costume.

Top things to do in Paris

15 of the top activities to get outdoors in Paris

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When the sun is shining, Paris smiles too; here are the 15 of the top things to do outdoors in Paris outdoors, where you'll find all the other Parisians.

Top free things Paris

Top 10 free things to do in Paris

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Paris is known for romantic allure but also for being touristic and pricey – let native Parisians guide you to the coolest local free activities.

Work and volunteer abroad

A to Z guide of the world’s groups 'without borders'

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You can easily work abroad, volunteer, or meet new people in a diversity of interests – dogs, entrepreneurs, knitting, mothers, soccer, teachers, theatre, technology, translators and more.

Girls' Guide to Paris: Hot hammams and spas in France

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Indulge in the relaxing luxury of some of France's top spas and hammams as recommended by Doni Belau, the founder of the a Girls' Guide to Paris.

How to meet people in Paris

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Looking to make friends and meet new people? Check our guide to the best social groups and clubs in Paris to help expats build their social network, and develop working relationships.

Live Young Abroad: Shopping in Paris

Live Young Abroad: Shopping in Paris

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Hannah guides you through some of the best shops in Paris.

Keeping fit in France

Keeping fit in France

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France has a wide range of sporting activities from the slower pace of boules to the high-energy pursuits of cycling and rugby.

Rick Steves: Thrill seeking in Europe

Rick Steves: Thrill seeking in Europe

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From mountain biking in Switzerland to surfing in Munich: Rick Steves shows that Europe has plenty of thrills and chills to satisfy the adventure traveler.

Rick Steves: Biking in Europe - a bridge over cultural barriers

Rick Steves: Biking in Europe - a bridge over cultural barriers

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Travel writer Rick Steves explains the benefits of getting in the saddle.

Rick Steves: The art and value of journaling as you travel

Rick Steves: The art and value of journaling as you travel

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Travel writer Rick Steves explains why writing about your travels sharpens your ability to observe and creates a souvenir you'll always cherish.

How to get the most out of summer sales

How to get the most out of summer sales

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Summer sales have hit the major cities across Europe, but caution is the watch-word according to stylist Carina van der Kloet, who offers some tips to help us shop wisely.

American associations and clubs in Paris

American associations and clubs in Paris

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A listing of organisations in the Paris area that cater primarily to Americans living in France. Updated April 2011.

British associations and clubs in Paris

British associations and clubs in Paris

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Our handy guide to the British community in Paris, from cricket clubs to Scottish country dancing lessons to where to find a jar of Marmite when you need one.



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