Paris, France
I'm a Paris transplant from Philadelphia, working in marketing & communications. This collection of musings about my life in Paris is not meant to offend or criticize but serves rather as a forum of expression. I live in the 11th with my husband and cat. These are my stories. See the original home for these posts: www.lostincheeseland.com


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{Me and my gnome at Paris café. (Photo by the lovely Meg)}

If I could back and specialize in another area of Communication is would be graphic design/visual communication. Of course, there is a distinct possibility my life would have unfurled differently, perhaps even without Paris (and its star Fre/…

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MAY 3, 2011 9:00PM

World Give Day

Growing up in Pennsylvania and living in France are quite similar in certain ways. What immediately comes to mind is the fact that both are relatively free of weather risk - earthquakes are unheard of, tornadoes are rare (though possible in rural PA), hurricanes pass over us leavingRead full post »
le bal café Paris

Saturday morning I sat down with a student from NYU to answer questions pertaining to her ongoing research for her thesis. She's looking at the modern expat experience in relation to that of the 1920's and 30's as well as the perception of Paris as fantasy vs. reality. Embedded in… Read full post »
Paris carrousel

All week I've been trying to recall how I initially came across Ally's interior design blog, From the Right Bank, but to no success. I do, however, remember being instantly drawn to the name. An avid traveler and interior design consultant, Ally created her blog back in 2009 as a/…

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APRIL 27, 2011 4:32PM

How to Become a French Expat

If you're someone who believes that living in France is like vacationing in France, you might want to leave this page now. Life abroad isn't all market-hopping, croissant-eating, wine-slurping, terrace-lounging and baguette-chomping, surprisingly enough. That's part of it, but there's another side w… Read full post »

I frequently receive emails from readers who have spent much of their lives dreaming about France and hoping an opportunity to move abroad will serendipitously present itself. When it doesn't happen on a permanent basis, they live vicariously through French-themed blogs and websites and do everythinRead full post »
APRIL 14, 2011 8:00PM

Franco File Friday: Kirsten Alana

When I look at my blog over the last year and a half, I'm astounded by how much my photos have evolved and gained importance to what I write. My interest in photography grows daily and with continued practice, I think I'm improving. I have begun to see my surroundings/…

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APRIL 12, 2011 8:00PM

Scenes from the South

stand hot dog new yorkais, fountain
Aix-en-Provence Market Fountain
wall Aix-en-Provence
French street sign, impasse
sporting plage, saint-cyr sur mer
south of france beach

Sometimes, if we wish hard enough, the stars align and shower us with good fortune. Sometimes, this good fortune comes in the form of new opportunities, unseasonably stellar weather and weekends our schedules don't conflict with those of our friends./…

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APRIL 7, 2011 6:00PM

Franco File Friday: Ann Mah

Ann Mah has been all over. Originally from California, she worked in publishing in New York for Viking Peguin before calling Beijing her home. For four years she was the dining editor of That's Beijing, an English-language magazine, similar to her main character Isabelle Lee in her debut/… Read full post »

This past weekend marked the 6th annual European Independent Film Festival and I was invited to attend film screenings, which included student films, and  meet artists from not only all corners of Europe but from the States as well. 77 films from 26 different countries showcased over 3 days; a/…

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Winston, a fellow Philadelphia native, and I have known each other for a few years but really only became close over the last nine months while he's been living in Paris. He studies architecture at NYU, sports a sophisticated culinary palette and takes photos like a pro, all at 19 years ol… Read full post »
MARCH 30, 2011 6:00AM

The Allure of Rue Montorgueil

Aside from the obvious reasons - the charm of the pedestrian market street, the restaurants, people watching, famous bakeries, fromageries and attractive yuppies - rue Montorgueil holds particular significance to my Parisian identity. I'm not the only one, it would seem. Nichole stays in the neighbo/… Read full post »
MARCH 28, 2011 3:38PM

Living Large in Paris

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It would appear that Lenny Kravitz is living large in the 16th arrondissement which, given his age, profession and overall fierceness, is a real shame. He should use his bottomless pockets of money toward a Parisian castle in the Marais,/…

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MARCH 26, 2011 10:21AM

Out with Deneuve, in with...?

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In the almost-five years I've lived in Paris, I've meticulously observed the women around me. I've seen their styles change, the trends evolve and the sartorial paradigm shift from classically bourgeois (read: safe) to romantic bohemian. The young/…

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MARCH 25, 2011 3:00AM

Franco File Friday: Bright Bazaar

When we bought our apartment the most exciting part of moving in was realizing the decorative potential of our space, albeit it very small. The bedroom and kitchen are the most colorful while the living room (and dining room, as it were) feature more natural, earthy tones with touches/…

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Initially I was content to just travel through France, the place I dreamed of since I first began learning French in 7th grade. Then came the desire to see more - Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Japan, Australia....t/… Read full post »
MARCH 21, 2011 11:42AM

Pizza Chic: What's in a Name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
Well, not always. You can probably bet that the quality of the food at a place called “Cheaper Foodâ€, and “Very Nice Pizza†(they really exist) are… Read full post »
MARCH 17, 2011 9:00PM

Franco File Friday: Andi Fisher

I liked Andi Fisher before I even read her blog. My childhood babysitter was named Andi and one of my closest friends from grad school sports the same. Andi is the Senior Manager for Social Media at Dolby Laboratories and the master blogger on Misadventures with Andi where she posts/
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MARCH 15, 2011 4:00AM

What does France mean to you?

Can a country be considered a brand whose values, attractions and cultural gifts should be promoted like any other? Absolutely. Here's an interesting approach by France's primary multilingual reference portal, France.fr.  Commentary (English/French) from figures like Elie Wiesel, Moby, Jeff Koo/… Read full post »
MARCH 11, 2011 8:23AM

Franco File Friday: Fleurishing

Time for a new series. Well, we'll see how long I keep it going but I like the idea of it and I think it could not only introduce you to different blogs but provide inspiration for places to check out on future travels to France. With that, I inaugurate FrancoRead full post »
MARCH 10, 2011 12:00PM

Negotiating Sexuality in France

A first visit to the gynecologist, though fraught with dread and embarrassment, is one of the pivotal milestones in womanhood. It symbolizes one step away from youth, taking our sexual health into our own hands and accepting the fact that a stranger must examine our lady parts quite intimately to… Read full post »
MARCH 4, 2011 11:00AM

Weekend Recovery

going down

Mondays always seem to start out rough. By the end of the day most Mondays, I feel defeated and convinced that the week will only go downhill. By midweek I'm almost always proven wrong. As social media/life guru Seth Godin said (this is the first and last time I… Read full post »
MARCH 3, 2011 1:02PM

Supporting the Locals: Le Pearl

I love a good story. I especially love a good entrepreneurial story.

Walking down rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, it is all too easy to pass over Le Pearl, a cozy new restaurant only a hop away from venerable hotspots Astier and Jeanne A. For several months, I walked pastRead full post »
FEBRUARY 25, 2011 5:37PM

A Suburban Getaway

{Lulu, not Cali}

Mr. Cheeseland likes to remind me how much more space we could have for our money were we to make the move out to the suburbs. 

"We could have a huge kitchen, a garden and more space for Cali to play". 

"Who are you kidding?", I always say.… Read full post »