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Arts + Culture |

Paris: France’s creative capital

Perhaps there is something about occupying the same physical space as creative greats who have gone before, that makes us believe that we too can be great. Maybe Paris reminds us of the people who accomplished more, with less, and thus inspires us to be better.


Vie Française |

The Paris apartment compromise

The old adage of ‘good, fast and cheap: pick two’ may hold true for project management, but when it comes to Parisian apartments it’s more like, ‘big, cheap and well located: pick one’.


Vie Française |

From mademoiselle to madame: Finding my place in France

And just when I was starting to get used to being addressed as mademoiselle, I went and got married, and overnight, without anyone asking my permission, I became madame. Where mademoiselle implied a certain mystery, and fancy-freeness, madame seems concrete, serious, and somehow makes me feel old.


Arts + Culture |

An unlikely French heartthrob

Gad Elmaleh is not your typical heartthrob. His skinny frame, generous nose and slightly bulging eyes are not the ingredients for conventional beauty. And yet, his ability to make people laugh renders him startlingly attractive.


Vie Française |

Is Paris’ short-term rental market under threat?

It’s no secret that the short-term rental market in Paris is particularly lucrative. Recently, however, it is becoming understood that such rentals are in fact, illegal. Will newly enforced laws spell the end for Paris’ short-term rental market?


Vie Française |

On life in France

Before moving to Paris I had a whole host of ideas in my head about what Paris was like. It was a place where everyone was effortlessly slim. A city where people drank only fine wine, with restraint. Un endroit full to bursting with excellent home cooks, where frozen food wouldn’t be tolerated.


Vie Française |

Liveability: France versus Melbourne

As blogger Alan Davies says: “The strange thing is I have quite a few friends living in top-ten cities who would, if they were given the chance, elect to live in lower-ranking cities. They say they’d love to live in a global city like New York, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or London.”



Vie Française |

Fidelity in France: fact or fiction?

French psychologist Maryse Vaillant encourages wives to welcome their husbands’ affairs as a sign that their marriage is healthy because, as she says, “a pact of fidelity is not natural but cultural.”