LIFESTYLE | Being A Frenchie In England

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Lately I've been thinking a lot about England and my stay here, as the date of my return to France is getting closer and closer (I want to cry just thinking about it!). Since September, I've had time to get accustomed to the way of life and I can safely say I'm used to living here now, I could see myself stay forever!
However, I still feel very French amongst my fellow English neighbours. Here are some funny things that I noticed about being French in England, I'm sure other of my compatriots feel the same!

When you're a Frenchie in England...

~ ... You're often shocked at how many other French people there are in England. Especially in London! We criticise you a lot (well, not me obviously but French people in general), but in the end the love is stronger ;)
~ ... You're always slightly surprised when you see some people having dinner at six. Definitely not the same rhythm of life!
~ ... You smile every time you see a French café or bakery. I never knew how the typical Parisian style was popular here - see Pâtisserie Valérie, Café Rouge, etc. That's quite flattering to be honest - although not all our cafés look like that, unfortunately!
~ ... People always try to speak to you in French when they learn where you come from. That goes from the usual "ça va ?", to the "parlez-vous français ?". It's often cute, and if can tell you a secret I love it when English guys talk some French ;)
~ ... You slowly give up baguettes and charcuterie, and turn to more English food. Since I'm here, I've eaten more baked beans than ever and I haven't eaten baguette in months (note that when I'm in France, I eat some baguette bread pretty much every day).
~ ... You can't help but laugh at English students trying to get drunk on cider. Then you see the prices of alcohol here, and you suddenly understand. (I still prefer wine though!)
~ ... You want to make all your English friends realise how lucky they are to live in the country you love so much. At least that's what I feel, but maybe not every French person loves England as much as I do!

I'd love to know if any of you has ever been to France, and what you thought about us French people and about the country! :D


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    1. Well thank you haha, I don't know what's so chic but I'm glad! xx

  2. Fellow Frenchie here! I've been living in the UK for over 5 years now and some of the things still make me laugh, although I was never that French to start off with. I'm not really into wine and cheese, would rather have eggs than croissants in the morning and as a student, I drank waaaay too much cider. The stuff's like 11% - nothing to do with our French apple juice! Ha!

    Don't be too sad about heading back home, you'll be back in no time - believe me! ; )

    - Elodie x

    1. Hi Elodie! After five years in the UK, I bet you're not willing to go back to France any time soon! Wine and cheese's not for me either - and instead of croissants, give me scones! (that's very cliché, I know) True that cider here has more alcohol to it, but I always find it so cute when people I know tell me they got drunk on it :p
      You're right about coming back, I'll do it as soon as I can! Thanks for this nice comment :) xx

  3. Haha! Those were cute especially those who were trying to speak to you in your accent. Hopefully I can travel to France someday! I'd definitely make something like this too :)

    Have a nice day!


    1. Thanks Shaira! If you come to France, you'll probably notice some things that will seem weird to you about us :P it's nice to notice the differences between cultures! xx

  4. I am in France regularly and really enjoy it, but I love England too. Living in London would definitely be a great experience.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Both countries are great, and it's good that they're so close because we can go to either one quite easily :D xx

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    1. Thanks so much Hilary! I'll check out your blog for sure :) xx

  6. Hi Julia! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    I just had to comment on this post! I experienced most of these things in reverse when I moved to Paris for a year! I equally love it when French guys try to speak English ;) anddd... I'll always be a wine lover too - France definitely ensured that!!
    Rachel xx

    1. Hi Rachel, and thank you for taking a look at my blog! It's always funny to compare our experiences to other people's, generally we share the same feelings about some cultural differences. France is one of the best places to drink wine, that's true - and champagne too! ;) xx

  7. That's funny because yesterday, I was thinking about cider and how the British use it to get drunk :') I miss the UK.