As the largest country in Western Europe, France is an exciting and varied destination popular with expats from all over the world. From living out your dreams in Parisian cafes and leafy boulevards, to seeking out a quieter life in the stunning south of France, you’ll be faced with a host of decisions when you decide to settle down here as an expat.
Life as an expat can be an exciting adventure, offering up new life experiences and opportunities that you would never encounter at home. However, it can also be difficult to adjust to life in a country where you don’t speak the local language and aren’t completely sure where to go and what to see.
The following blogs are all written by expats living in France, providing a unique and invaluable insight into settling into life in a foreign country. Read on for some inspiration and helpful guides for embarking on your own adventure!
Whether you want to find out more about the property market in France or simply wish to read up on quintessential French culture, we have compiled a list of useful expat blogs for every kind of adventurer with dreams of moving to France.
French Entree | https://www.frenchentree.com/
French Entrée was started in 2003 with the aim of helping other expats buy their dream property in France. Owned by France Media Group, the site is so much more than a resource for buying properties – it has a blog packed full of resources for moving to France. From advice on planning a holiday here to what you need to know about securing a property, visa, and more, this is a great place to start.
Aussie in France | http://www.aussieinfrance.com/
Rosemary Kneipp started Aussie in France to share her experiences of living in a new country with her friends back home – but it’s since evolved to provide a great insight into life in France with anyone who’s interested in pursuing a similar lifestyle! Originally from Townsville, North Queensland, Rosemary has been living in France since 1975.
Oui in France | https://www.ouiinfrance.com/
Oui in France was created by Diane, who moved from New Jersey, USA, to the Loire Valley in France with her husband and their dog. Launched in 2012, Oui in France has years of content sharing an insight into living abroad, French culture, and more.
English Girl in France | https://englishgirlinfrance.com/
English Girl in France does as it suggests: provides an insight into life as an expat in France. The blog covers a wide range of topics, from city breaks to cultural activities. The blog is also a good resource for anyone looking for general expat advice when living in or moving to France.
For those making the move to Paris there are lots of fantastic resources online to make the adventure of relocating feel a lot less daunting. In this list we have included blogs written by individuals from all walks of life, who have documented their journey to France, complete with helpful tips, advice and insight.
I Prefer Paris | https://www.ipreferparis.net/
I Prefer Paris was founded by Richard Nahem, who moved from New York to Paris where he still lives as an expat. The website is a great insider’s guide to Paris, sharing tips on where to eat, what to do, things to do, and helpful tips that expats will find invaluable when settling into life in a new city.
Paris Weekender | https://www.parisweekender.com/
Abby started Paris Weekender after moving to France from the USA over nine years ago. The blog provides a range of detailed itineraries for making for most of your time in Paris or France as a whole, encouraging readers to get out and explore what this beautiful country has to offer. Paris Weekender also offers an interesting insight into what life might be like juggling the adventure of being an expat exploring a new city while also contending with a full-time job.
Secrets of Paris | https://secretsofparis.com/
Secrets of Paris is one of the oldest locally-owned websites about Paris in English, Launched in 1999, the website is packed with practical, informative information about living in Paris. The site was started by Heather Stimmler, an American-born journalist who moved to France in 1995. On the blog, Heather shares sightseeing advice, reviews and recommendations, and more general news about life as an expat in Paris.
My Parisian Life | https://myparisianlife.com/
My Parisian Life was created by Yanique, who moved to Paris from New York in 2007. Her blog shares reviews of the best restaurants, bars, and cafes in Paris, insights into daily life as an expat in Paris, and how to best prepare for your move to the city.
Love in the City of Light | https://www.loveinthecityoflights.com/
Love in the City of Light is a blog founded by Kasia Dietz, a handbag designer and freelance writer from New York. Now based in Paris, Kasia uses her blog to share her life in Paris, including tips and recommendations for things to do in the city, and how she started her journey into designing handbags in one of the capital cities of fashion.
Lost in Cheeseland | http://www.lostincheeseland.com/
Lost in Cheeseland was created in 2009 by Lindsey, a travel and culture writer who moved from Philadelphia to Paris and wanted to share her journey with the world. Alongside her blog, which covers a range of topics about life in France, Lindsey has also authored two best selling books about her life as an expat in Paris – “The New Paris” and “The New Parisienne”.
Southern France is often considered the most enticing region of this European country. No matter what beckons you to the south, there are plenty of first-hand accounts of expat life in this part of the world. From Provence to Carcassonne, we have put together a list of 4 bloggers whose experiences you can live vicariously through, ahead of your own move overseas.
French Word a Day | https://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/
Kristi started her blog, French Word a Day, in 1999 when she moved from Phoenix, USA, to Provence, France. Featuring personal insights and essays into her life as an expat in France, this is a fantastic place to start for anyone interested in making the move to the French countryside.
Vanessa France | https://vanessafrance.wordpress.com/
Life on La Lune was launched in 2010 by Vanessa Couchman, who moved to Southwest France in 1997 with her husband. The blog is dedicated to sharing just what life is like living as an expat in the south of France, including different places to visit, the history and culture of Southwest France as well as great tips and recommendations on places to stay and where to eat.
Taste of France | https://francetaste.wordpress.com/
Taste of France was started by a Belgian-American couple who moved to Carcassonne in the south of France 13 years ago. The pair renovated their village home, and then restored a 17th century apartment in a historic part of the town. As well as providing some helpful information for other expats interested in moving to this area in France, Taste of France also has a number of AirBnB properties available to rent.
La Ramoneta | https://laramoneta.com/
Liesbeth moved from Amsterdam to a small village in the South of France with her husband and their three children in 2012. Her blog shares their journey through the Languedoc region, and is a fantastic resource for any other expats interested in building a life in this area of France.
Lyon is a very popular destination and these blogs provide a variety of intel for both visitors and expatriates. If you are looking for exciting things to do in the region, or want to prepare for life in Lyon, check out these bloggers.
This is Lyon | https://thisislyon.fr/
This is Lyon is one of the first English-written blogs dedicated to Lyon. Created with the purpose of giving the English-speaking community and international visitors alike an introduction in the beautiful city of Lyon, this is a fantastic website if you’re new to the area and are looking for things to do and places to go.
J’adore Lyon | http://jadorelyon.com/
J’adore Lyon was founded by Aga, who moved from Poland (via the UK) to Lyon, France and decided to share her passion for the city and life in France in general. The website includes tips on life in Lyon in general, family life in France, and more general information about life in France.
Escaping the hustle bustle for life in the French countryside is an idyllic fantasy which many people around the world possess, but only some make a reality. Hoping to explore the great outdoors? Intrigued by quaint French villages? Looking for vineyard recommendations? These blogs have exactly what you need, and more.
Our French Oasis | https://ourfrenchoasis.com/
Our French Oasis was founded by Susan, who lives in a small French village in the Department of Charente Maritime with her husband, their five children, and multiple pets. The blog is an insight into life in the French countryside, plus stories and recommendations on things that have inspired Susan throughout her travels and experiences as a foreigner in France.
French Village Diaries | http://www.frenchvillagediaries.com/
French Village Diaries is a blog about life in rural France. Sharing stories, recommendations, and tips about life in Poitou-Charentes, guides for cycling in France, food recommendations, and more, this is a good one-stop resource for any other expats interested in living in the French countryside.
Linda Mathieu | http://lindamathieu.com/
Linda Mathieu’s blog is all about her experiences living in France as an American expat. Based in both Paris and Provence, the blog provides a great overview of life as an expat in both the countryside and city living in France.
Life in Provence | https://keithvansickle.com/
Keith’s blog is about travelling around France, and life in Provence specifically. Originally from Alameda, California, Keith and his partner, Val, dreamed of living abroad as expats, and now split their time between Silicon Valley and Provence, sharing their stories of life on the road and living in a foreign country along the way!
Moving to a new country will always come with a whirlwind of emotions: excitement, anticipation, nervousness, apprehension… While it may be difficult to completely remove the nerves that come with such a big life change, you can certainly do your best to prepare. Hopefully the blogs listed above have helped to inspire your next adventure to the beautiful country that is France!
As a country with a rich history and diverse culture, France is hugely popular with holidaymakers, backpackers and expats alike. For that reason, there are a lot of blogs written by avid travellers who have relocated to France to enjoy the biggest country in Western Europe.
To give you an insight into our selection criteria for this list, here’s how we picked the best blogs for expats:
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