Our little family of three moved to France in 2010. We traveled, ate a lot of cheese, drank some wine, often frequented our local boulangerie, traveled some more, welcomed a baby boy to our family and in general enjoyed almost every last minute until the time came to return to the United States.
While in France we lived in Clermont-Ferrand in central France, surrounded by long-dormant volcanoes. The capital of the Auvergne region, Clermont-Ferrand is famous for cheese, such as Bleu d'Auvergne, Cantal, Fourme d'Ambert and Saint-Nectaire. The economy is based on agriculture, but the tire industry may come a close second, as Michelin has its world headquarters in CF. Clermont is also famous for hosting one of the world's leading international festivals for short films, the Festival du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand. In addition, the famous mathematician, physicist, and philosopher Blaise Pascal was born there in 1623.
Femme au Foyer means housewife in French. I was very fortunate to be able to concentrate on being a wife and a mother during our time in France, and the description of femme au foyer grew on me to where it wasn't just a line on my carte de séjour but also the title of this blog. Plus, I like being a femme!
While in France, we took advantage of the shorter travel distances (when compared to the US) and took several vacations, to Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Andorra, Greece and Luxembourg. We also found time to visit many corners of France, including Normandy, Île de France (Paris), the Languedoc, the Midi-Pyrénées, Provence, the Aquitane (Bordeaux), the Rhône-Alps (Lyon) and Limousin.
But the best thing about living in France was the everyday; learning the language and culture of an area rich in history and scenery. Our time in Clermont-Ferrand came to an end much too soon, and our slightly bigger family moved back to the United States, to the state of South Carolina. Not a volcano in sight, however the foothills of the Appalachians are nearby...
I hope every Franco-phile, expatriate, re-patriate, world-traveler, English-speaking mom/mom-to-be in France, every reader that stumbles upon this blog - I hope you can find something of value in our experience. S'amuser!
To assist in navigating this site, I've arranged some of my more informative posts about life in France into several topics.
Puy de Dome, the Amboise Fountain, Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, Le Mur de Sarassins, Hôtel Fontdfreyde and FRAC
Day trips from Clermont-Ferrand
Vichy, Royat, Mont-Dore and Bourboule, the Plateu of Gergovie, Parc Naturel Regional Livradois-Forez and Thiers, Lac de Guéry, Puy des Goules, Super-Lioran and Murat, Montpeyroux, Lac Aydat, Riom and Puy Mary
Travel in France
Lyon, Millau, Gorge du Tarn, Le Puy-en-Velay, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Annecy, Fort Louvois, Bordeaux, Île de Ré, La Rochelle, Normandy, Nîmes, Cassis, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Sète, Carcassonne, Fontainbleau, Chatenet, Besançon, Chamonix, Rocamadour, Dijon and Mont-St-Michel
Christmas in the Auvergne, Tour de France, the flea market, Art in the city, May 1st, eating in France, the French seven course meal, Sophie the giraffe and April 1st or poisson d'Avril
Food related posts
Frais & doux (sour cream), Jour dês crepes (Candlemas day), œufs blancs (white eggs), a week of vinaigrette (on food not found in France and a simple vinaigrette), tomato paste (on conversion and translation errors), the seven courses of a French dinner, truffade, raclette, Kouign Amann, King cake
About life in general
Happy New Year!!! (First impressions on France, my very first post!)
Returning to France after time in the US
Being a mother in France
Prenatal care in France
Differences between the US and France in prenatal care
Packing for an overseas move with young children