I’m Lost in Cheeseland with a Giveaway

Today I’m proud to be a guest over at Lindsey Tramuta’s legendary blog, Lost in Cheeseland for her Franco File Friday feature.

For those of you who perhaps don’t know Lindsey yet, she is a lovely American living in Paris and writes about all topics of life in the City of Light. I’m sure there are countless amusing tales we can relate to as we have settled in over the years of la vie after marrying a Frenchman.

Lindsey was better prepared: she was no stranger to the French language, having studied it since she was 12 and continued her studies at The American University of Paris.  I met my French sweetheart in Scotland where we spoke English together, so I arrived in Paris with a giant thud when I realised I had to speak French.  Quoi? C’est normal;  live in the country, speak the language – but somehow I hadn’t completely thought of that one before I came.  I was too head over heels in love.

Raising brioche and kids

Now I love it when my children can help my French.  Although being a Mum this week set another challenge with la rentrée (back to school) – hence my lack of blogging and online life.

I found myself back in the classroom on Monday morning, sitting next to my terrified daughter amongst a classroom of bewildered new students on their first day of Collège (the equivalent of 1st year at Secondary School.) New school, new teachers, new subjects, new friends, a locker with a code, new confusing timetables (week A, week B…) and a whopping load of typical French paperwork to complete. I wonder who was more scared: my daughter or me. Ouf!  We have managed to jump that first hurdle and survive this first week. TGIF.

TGIFFF. Thank goodness it’s Friday. It’s Franco File Friday.

Head on over to the Franco File Friday feature over at Lost in Cheeseland

and enter the giveaway: 2 lucky readers can win a copy of Mad About Macarons

it’s open to all readers!

19 replies
  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I have a lot of Japanese expat friends here and I hear their struggle in language. Even though I live here I don’t understand everything so I can imagine how hard it is for them. By the time kids graduate from university, your French will be really fluent Jill. 😉 Going to check your guest post!

  2. ping
    ping says:

    Hi Jill. Funny and entertaining article this. Not to worry, I’m sure you and your daughter will get adjusted in no time at all.
    I’ve been wanting to tell you that I’ve finally got myself a copy of your book. I had my girl bring back a copy from the US since I can’t find it here. I’ve been devouring the pics in it and have great plans to attempt some of the very interesting ones in there … keeping my fingers crossed.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to Thailand. Maybe next time, you could try moving a little southward to where I am and enjoy a whole different experience.

  3. Chef Dennis
    Chef Dennis says:

    hi Jill

    I think the first day of school is scary no matter where you are, I can only imagine in a foreign language class.
    I hope your daughter made out ok, I’m sure with a mom who makes incredible macarons she’ll make friends quickly!
    Wish I was in Paris, how I do miss it!

  4. Liz
    Liz says:

    I’m so glad you got your daughter back into the swing of things without any major trauma…I think it’s almost as hard on us parents as they adjust. So fun to see you posting again…and I’m off to visit your guest post. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  5. Parsley Sage
    Parsley Sage says:

    Oh boy! I’m heading over there now to enter. I think with your book I’d be brave enough to try baking some macarons 🙂

    Well done making it through the first week of school! Buzzed



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