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French Friday – A Passion for Paris with La Mom

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A-Passion-for-ParisIt’s back! A Passion for Paris, my series where I let expats and francophiles express, in their own way, the reasons why they love the city of light (as much as I do!). I like to host the series at least once a year because there are so many great bloggers out there and I never get tired of hearing the many different ways in which Paris is embraced.

I am really quite giddy about Stephanie of La Mom being the first blogger to share her thoughts for this round of A Passion for Paris. Stephanie is one half of the dynamic duo that makes up La Mom, an expat blog that is not only quite humorous but a hit on French TV! As usual, Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland did a wonderful interview with both Stephanie and Allison for her Franco File Friday series, so check it out it to learn more about them.

Stephanie is also a Bay Area girl (aren’t all the great ones?!) and I was thrilled that she agreed to share her perspective on her passion for Paris.

Why am I passionate about Paris? Paris is my past, present, and future.

Paris represents fond memories from my single-girl days:

Before becoming La Mom, I was La Single Girl. This was the apartment I shared in the Latin Quarter with my good friend from Chicago. Lots of wonderful memories were made here.
A Passion for Paris - La Mom - ApartWhen I first moved to Paris, I regularly jogged at the Parc Monceau because I had read in a guidebook that eligible Frenchmen also jogged here. I didn’t find any single Frenchmen, but I did find a great view of the Arc de Triomphe as I ran next to the Avenue Hoche.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - Parc Monceau

Maxim’s and The Villa Barclay were the clubs where my friends and I held court on the weekends. So many good times were had here as we danced to music from the late ’90s. Our mantra was, “What happens at Maxim’s stays at Maxim’s!”

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - Maxim'sThe apartment where I fell in love with my French husband, got engaged, married, and had babies on the Rue du Fbg Saint Honoré holds a special place in my heart. I still like to drive by it and show it to my kids. This was the amazing view from our living room.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - Eiffel Tower at NightMy sweet tooth for pastries and macarons started in Paris.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - La DureeParis represents my present:

Paris is where I started a family.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - headsIf someone had told me when I was learning French in school that I’d one day live in Paris, I wouldn’t have believed it. Fast forward 25 yrs – I have a French husband and kids. We eat crêpes in the shadow of Notre Dame on Sundays. Someone pinch me because I still can’t believe this is my life.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - Notre Dame

Paris is where I just became a French citizen!

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - FrenchI am on a fresh flower craze. I love our corner fleuriste and can’t get enough of their flower arrangements. I buy some every week.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - FleuristeI’m still passionate about pastries and macarons. I’m currently having a love affair with chouqettes.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - chouquettesParis represents my future:

My children will grow up here. I plan on taking them on many, many, more school field trips around this historically rich city.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - Field tripI’m honored to be a part of the start-up committee for American charity Dress For Success – Paris affiliate. Dress For Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged French women by providing professional attire and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

Fashion, fun, and entrepreneurship are in my future. I’m so excited at the opportunity to style French women’s lives.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - MOI

I will always be passionate about pastries and macarons.

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - pastriesLooking forward to sharing many more Dîner en Blanc with great friends!

A Passion for Paris - La Mom - Diner Blanc

Voilà! Merci à Andi for providing La Mom this wonderful opportunity to express why she loves Paris.

Merci Stephanie! (P.S. I am dying to go to a Dîner en Blanc, there is one coming up in San Francisco, but it is impossible to get into!)

You can catch more of Stephanie on her blog La Mom – an American mom in Paris and on Twitter too!

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Thursday 29th of November 2012

I have always wanted to see Paris looks so pretty one of my top place to go! I love the pictures thanks for sharing. I love pastries looks so good yummy! what a great story!


Friday 30th of November 2012

@Latish, I hope you get to visit one day!


Monday 19th of November 2012

I think this is a fantastic idea, you then get to see Paris through someone elses eyes. So much to see in other arrondissesments than we can get too see on trips:-)


Friday 30th of November 2012

@Anne, thanks so much, I love hearing about other's experiences (and stealing ideas for future trips!)

Lady Jennie

Thursday 25th of October 2012

This was fun to read and made me remember how lucky I am. I think I'm going to get citizenship in 2 years rather than renewing a carte de séjour.

Oh dear - 2 years! That's going to creep up quickly.


Friday 19th of October 2012

What an awesome story! I loved every minute and word of it and the pictures. It's begging to be made into a movie: La Mom, le flim.


Saturday 20th of October 2012

@Charu, it would make a good movie, and a great book!


Friday 19th of October 2012

How incredibly exciting. That line about eating crepes in the shadow of Notre Dame with her kids gave me goose bumps. Sometimes, I wonder about all the women who moved to France before there were blogs to inform us of the adventures. There's a lot older generations have missed.


Friday 19th of October 2012

@Jen, completely agree, when I lived there, I was completely unaware of blogs and blogging, I feel like I could have had something to keep me going during the difficult times of being an expat. And I often think about being able to go back and read people's blogs from 20, 30, 40 years ago, if only they existed!