Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I’m CatherineRose. Back in 2012, I moved to Paris to teach English (I ♥ Paris). Then I moved to Lyon (which I ♥ even more) and stayed for three more years, working as a university lectrice and a TAPIF language assistant. I also ate a lot of croissants.

I started this blog in 2014, mostly just as a personal experiment. Would I like blogging? What would I blog about? Would anyone read it?

It’s still evolving, but so far, I have written a lot about living in France, teaching English abroad, and budget travel in Europe. I like to create helpful resources, and I also like to chronicle memories and travels and photos for my own enjoyment.

Sometimes I don’t have as much time to blog as I would like, but you can always find me on Instagram. If you want to get in touch, I am usually faster at Twitter than email (I hate email. Sorry about that).

If you have a question about moving to France, there’s a good bet that I’ve answered it in a blog post. Here are some of the most popular posts from the blog:

Top posts on how to move to France

Top posts on teaching English in France

Top posts on Lyon

Top posts on Paris

Top posts on French language & culture

Top rants on French bureaucracy

Top travel posts

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel super special! I can’t wait to answer the questions when I get back from Barcelona and get settled in Paris (just for a month! Then I’m back to Lyon 🙂

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog; enjoyed reading your lectrice-related posts as I’m currently working as a lectrice in Lyon 🙂 Likewise I have a dislike for French cheese… and also wine, much to the bewilderment of the French! Luckily the croissants, baguettes and other boulangerie goodies more than make up for this. Look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

    1. Hi Rosie! Thank you, I’m glad you liked my posts! I wish I had written more about being a lectrice, but I’m sure you know from personal experience how busy the job keeps you 🙂 I agree that the boulangerie makes up for France’s defaults. I always went to get myself a pain aux raisins when I was particularly frustrated with French bureaucracy!

  2. I have just came across your blog and I think its brilliant. I am your new & big fan! Firstly, I love the spirit of travelling, exploring France but not only. I respect you for your passion to discover new things, places, being open to new cultures, staying courious, raking great photos, writing very interesting articles. I wish you all the best and continue enjoy the world. If you are back in Lyon give me a shout, it would be a pleasure to meet you. I, mylsef, felt in love with this amazing city…I moved here for LOVE….but I could not speak any French so nowadays I learn it …its beautiful language but so difficult, isnt it? Anyway, Jadore Lyon by Shopaholicfromhome it is me: http://www.shopaholicfromhome.com

    1. Thank you Aga!!! That is so nice of you!! Lyon is AMAZING, I miss it so much!! I hope to be back sometime later this year. French can be a tricky language for sure. I learned SO much my first year in France, and I’m still learning new things all the time. If you don’t know Comme Une Français TV yet, definitely check it out (she is based in Grenoble and has a website and a YouTube channel, one of the best resources for everyday French.)

      I’m so impressed by how much you have written, how do you find the time?! I wish I had found your blog while I was still in Lyon! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comment 🙂

      1. I suspect that’s a trait shared by many of us – though I also imagine it’s personality-dependent too. I used to have the same feeling towards a lot of the drawings/ paintings I did for A-Level Art, and still have it with some of my posts if I feel they’re not as good as they could be… but blogging isn’t my job, so c’est la vie!

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