Welcome to Paris… With your dog!

To live in Paris with a dog could be a nightmare a few years ago… fortunately, it isn’t anymore! Here’s some basic rules you should know that will ease your everyday life.

Surely, the chores of taking out your dog remains, but Paris has, for a few years, made a consequent amont of efforts in order to make man’s best friends happier.

Therefore, we made you a guide of the parks along with their specificities.

Of course, everyone does not live near the Bois de Vincennes or the Bois de Boulogne, but it is still convenient to know that they don’t oppose any limits !

Some parks chose to transform their spaces to make them more welcoming to the dogs and their owner.

If you live in the 14tharea, do visit the Square Jacques-Antoine : it is the first canine park in Paris ! And it is open 24h/24 ! This 845 meters long’s park will make your dogs feel at home and make friends they’ll keep for a walk if not for life.

In the same spirit, the Square Saint-Eloi, in the 12th area, counts a training area for dogs, including the show jumping.

In the 15th, the Parc Georges Brassens proposes an itinerary for dogs with the « Allée aux chiens ».

A consequent number of parisien places will keep some space for your dog :

–     Some of the aisles of Jardin des Halles the in the 1st area.

–     In Parc Monceau in the 8th, only the Ferdousi and Comtesse de Ségur aisles will allow dogs.

–     Some aisles of the Parc Montsouris in the 14th ;

–     The peripheral aisles of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the 19th.

–     The borders of the Champs de Mars park or the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Here’s a full list of the green places and parks open to dogs and their restrictions.

Careful, the rule is to watch your dog and to keep him on a leash !

Do not forget to pick the excrements otherwise you’ll have to pay 35€.

Also, they are not allowed in stores.
Finally, if your dog is no teddy (more than 6kg), do not forget to buy a metro ticket before taking your train.

Strikes: the art of living « à la française » !

France wouldn’t be France without its strikes, as France wouldn’t be France without its baguettes!
It is a core part of the French culture, as far as the French History goes back.
You will probably come to know quite fast the french term « grève » for strike during your stay, as they regularly occur… Incidentally, the term derives from « grava » in Gaulish, the language of the tribes who fought against Cesar’s invasion of Gaul in… 58 BC.
2000 years later, the right to strike is considered in France as a constitutional right: this highlights how important it is for the French!

 

So as an expat, should you fear strike movements?

 

République metro station, December 10th 2019, closed at rush hour because of the strike.

 

Not quite, but be prepared ahead in order to not be caught off guard.
When strikes occur, the country is not fully blocked, as the foreign media like to stress. And this is fortunate, otherwise how would we go on?! It’s true, public transportation can suffer from drivers’ desertation, as it happens now… But bear in mind that luckily there are plenty of other means of transport. Carsharing. Bikes (such as Vélib or free-floating bikes). Electric scooters. And even… walking – French towns are not that large, you can cross the bigger ones in 1 hour, even Paris! All of which will give you an opportunity to discover the city you live in under new light, and maybe meet a friendly « fellow sufferer » on your way. Because yes, strikes bring people together: for or against the movement, you will have a lot to talk about with your family, your colleagues and even bystanders !As for the demonstrations, they usually make the streets seethe with excitement and a high proportion of them are cheerful: people march in music, encouraging passerbys to join. All in all, unless you decide to be a frontliner in an unauthorized protest, and as long as you stand by in the distance, everything should be fine!

 

Eventually, strikes might be a pain sometimes, but remember that historically, a lot of the social improvements around the world come from them.

 

So take a deep breath and relax, the « grève » will be gone as soon as it arrived… until the next one!

A chaque expat ses attentes…

Vous travaillez avec des expats ?

Mieux vaut savoir décoder leurs attentes pour bien les accompagner…c’est un peu aussi notre rôle en tant que société de relocation…on n’accompagne pas de la même manière un indien qu’un italien ou un allemand !

Ci-dessous quelques tips que nous avons relevé au gré de nos missions de recherche de logement…

Les indiens sont charmants, très conviviaux et vivent en communauté : ils cuisinent beaucoup, (miam miam les épices !). Un grand frigidaire et la présence de gaz dans la cuisine sont souvent un must-have!

Ils sont également très friands d’écrans, les plus larges possibles !

Mais aussi de grands lits, car leurs enfants dorment souvent avec eux !

Enfin, dans la famille du collectif, le chauffage se doit de l’être !

Une vraie recherche de collectivité et de partage !

Les italiens, grands romantiques, sont particulièrement attentif à leur salle de bain : ils la souhaitent souvent rénovée, dans l’idéal, avec une fenêtre !

Ce sont bien les seuls qui apprécient les bidets et les toilettes dans leur salle de bain !

Pour le reste, la lumière est un impératif.

Pour les allemands, la pièce la plus importante de la maison est souvent la cuisine ! Espace de convivialité ou l’on prépare le repas en même temps que l’on partage une « petite » bière ! Une grande cuisine peut être un élément décisif pendant leurs visites !

La baignoire est un must have pour un japonais ! cela est non négociable ! attention, pas de ballon électrique ! trop de risque d’être en panne d’eau chaude J… Ils recherchent également leurs fameuses toilettes japonaises, encore trop rare en France !

Le russe attend la somptuosité… dans la décoration, dans la vue, qui doit « en jeter » !

Enfin, superstition ou simple gout, le chinois déteste les appartements avec les poutres apparentes !

 

Et nous, français, quelles sont nos attentes quand nous partons vivre à l’étranger ?

Each nationality its request!

You work with expats ?

You better know their expectations in order to accompany them well… It is also our purpose as a relocation society… we don’t look at appartments the same way for americans, italiens, or germans !

Here are a few tips we noticed during our researches and missions with you…

Indians are lovely, very friendly, and they like the community way of life : they cook a lot, (miam miam spices !). A big fridge and gaz in the kitchen are often a must-have ! But also large beds, because their kids usually sleep with them. Finally, being collective also involves the heat, they like it collective as well. A true quest for collevtivity and sharing !

The italians, true romantics, are particulary attentive to their bathrooms : they want them renovated and, ideally, with a window.

They are the rare people to search for a bidet and toilets in their bathroom. For the rest, the light remains a must !

For the germans, the most important room of the appartment is frequently the kitchen ! A place of conviviality where they can prepare their meal and have a little beer at the same time.

The bath is a must have for a japanese expat, that is not even negociable ! Also, careful with the electric baloon, that will give you some cold showers if you stay too long in your shower… They also are looking for their rare and famous japanese bathroom, still not very popular in France !

Russans are looking for magnificence in decoration, in the view… They have to be stiking !
Finally, superstition or simple taste, chineses hate appartments with apparent beam.

What about us, french, what are we looking for, abroad ?

Coutumes et pratiques du salut dans le monde

Changer de pays, c’est aussi découvrir de nouvelles cultures.

Comment ne pas commettre d’impair, par exemple, pour simplement dire « bonjour » ?

Petit tour des différentes pratiques historiques des saluts et de leur évolution :

  • Maintenant oublié, le baise main fût longtemps pratiqué en Europe et en Amérique du Nord ; on l’appelait d’ailleurs « le baise main à la française » !
  • Également oublié, en Angleterre et au Cambodge, on pratiquait la révérence. Elle ressemblait au « salut » du Japon, pour lequel on se penchait légèrement en avant.

D’autres pays en revanche n’avaient pas peur de la promiscuité :

  • Le « baiser russe » consistait à s’embrasser sur la bouche, même entre personnes du même genre ! Cette pratique est oubliée maintenant !
  • En Nouvelle Zélande, ce sont les nez et les fronts qui entrent en contact, et en Alaska, le nez et des lèvres.
  • L’inde et le Népal eux, ont gardé leur célèbre Namasté.

Si vous allez en France aujourd’hui, préparez-vous à pratiquer la « bise » !

Les français ont développé une proximité physique là où des pays comme la Russie qui ont commencé par des saluts très chaleureux sont finalement devenus plus distants.

Customs around the world

Moving-in in another country also means discovering new cultures.

But how can we avoid making minstakes just by saying « hi » ?

Here is a little recap of the numerous historic customs and their evolution :

  • The « baise main », now forgotten, but once very popular in Europe and North America ; we also called it « le baise main à la française » !
  • Also left behind, in England and Cambodia, the « réverence » once was the formal way to say « hello ». It looked like the one that exists in Japan, where they bent forward.

Some countries  however weren’t afraid of being close :

  • For the « russian kiss », russians kissed each other on the mouth ! This habit is gone now.
  • In New Zealand, they use their noses and foreheads, and in Alaska, noses and mouths.
  • India and Nepal kept their famous Namasté.

Nowadays, if you come to France, get ready to practice « la bise » !

French people developped a physical proximity hile other countries that started with kisses and hugs like Russia finally chose to be more distant.

35 degrees in Paris, can you imagine ?

 

Quick, a terrasse !

Here is a little selection of good ones :

 

Open at 6pm or 8pm, the famour Perchoirs, implanted respectively in 3 places situated in the 11th, 10th, and 4th areas. They offer a rare view of Paris ! Come early if you want to avoid the waiting line and enter into one of these amazing places !

Rosa Bonheur : 3 terrasses, for the whole family ! One of the mis located in the area of the Buttes Chaumont, another one, « Rosa sur Seine », close to the Invalides, and a last one, « Rosa à l’Ouest », at Asnières. These places have a great succes and the night usually ends with music and people dancing ! On the menu : bowling, pizza, bar, DJ and children’s games until midnight !

Mademoiselle Mouche : The terrasse, on a boat on the Seine offers deck chairs, greenery, and some delicious and originals cocktails ! As a bonus, an splendid view on the Eiffel Tower !!! Hurry, this place closes in october !

La Terrasse de Madame : The Luxembourg garden just opened its terrasse in the 6th area ! You’ll be able to savor plated of delicatessen and cheese and summer dishes under the sun this summer !

Le Jardin du Petit Palais : Nested into the famous museum, this terrace will welcome you under its parisian sun just right next to its exhibitions !

 

Enjoy !