John-Paul Fortney

About John-Paul Fortney

Born in St. Louis, USA, I have been living in Paris since February 2008. Since November 2010, I have been running my own company called Culinary Tours of Paris, giving tours that combine good food, drink and historical anecdotes involving French cuisine and the neighborhoods of Paris! You can follow me on my blog ‘Living Cheap in France‘ or here on My French Life™
9 04, 2012

What a French restaurant should be like – Part 2

By |2013-06-27T14:50:50+10:00Apr 9, 2012|2 Comments

The meal was nothing short of amazing, and in a restaurant where not just the owner, but all of the staff are so passionate about what they are doing, it is little wonder. We finished off our meal with a huge cheese course, and were almost too full to move.

27 12, 2011

Hugs and Kisses

By |2014-11-14T15:11:29+11:00Dec 27, 2011|Comments Off on Hugs and Kisses

Because kisses are such an integral part of interaction in France, one might think that this implies that the French are more comfortable with intimate displays of affection, right? Not necessarily. Try hugging a French person.

26 09, 2011

Why I keep staying in Paris

By |2014-11-27T12:06:01+11:00Sep 26, 2011|2 Comments

Working as a tour guide in Paris, I get asked a lot of the same questions on each tour. When I get asked "Where are you from?", "How long have you lived in Paris?", or "Is John-Paul your real name? (Yes, it is)", my answer is automatic... However, when I am asked "Why do you still live in France?" or "What keeps you here?” I am never sure how to respond, regardless of how many times I am asked these questions. Perhaps the following story can give you an idea why.

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