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I’m an American living near Paris. I love both your blogs. Can you please recommend a good dentist?
A post on dentists is definitely on my list of “to dos.” There is a list of English-speaking dentists on the U.S. embassy’s guide for U.S. citizens living in France which you can access under the “Guides” links on my home page. Fortunately, I’ve only had one emergency visit to the dentist since I’ve been here and received prompt and courteous service from Dr. Gérard Benmussa at 18 rue Duphot ,75001 Paris (Métro: Madeleine) Tel: 01 40 20 03 00.
dr. mihman 0134626226
5 rue de sequoia
he is very good and fluent in english
Hello! Wonderful to come across your blog. I am an ASP alumna from 1997 and former ASP faculty from 2003-2006… Though I am half French and have been back in Paris since 1995, there is still so much to discover and learn for my half American side =)
Hi Anne, Just wanted to extend kudos for this blog. I’ve been in Paris for about 18 months and the learning curve never seems to let up! You’re doing an excellent job of delivering practical advice, encouragement and humor. Keep up the great work and I’ll be sure to spread the word about your site!
Hi there! I love your website. Question…in France, where can I find a WiFi card to plug into my computer? I know AT&T has them, however I was wondering if Orange or Bouygues sold any.
Orange, SFR, and Bouygues all offer what they call a cle 3G+ which, I think, is what you’re looking for. You can get these “sans forfait” which means without a long-term commitment.
Thanks for your comment on my Paris Weekends blog and for adding me to your list of links. It has helped me to discover your site which is a fantastic source of information! I’ll link to you often from my blog!
Anne, what a great resource. Thanks! Glad I found both of your sites.
love your blog! quick question – where can i find a store that makes frames to order for paintings, photos, etc? i’ve heard of a couple of places in the Marais but don’t want to break the bank either. thanks for the help!
I’ve put a query out on Posted in Paris’s Facebook page and let’s see what happens. In general, framing is quite expensive here.
My family is moving to Paris this month. Can you tell me what is the best way to find a good and reliable nanny share or assistant maternelle that speak some English for my 2 little children? They only need to speak English to us. I have been told to go to the Mairie, the problem is we are not physically in Paris yet.
You could try Craigs List or FUSAC: you can do both online until you get here.
Your website is great and so useful.
Can you recommend some good bistros for taking kids? We enjoy good food but not sure how Parisians feel about dining in a restaurant near a 2-year old. Do Parisian dining establishments usually have high chairs? Any special etiquette we should know about? We’d rather not spend our vacation eating at Hippopotamus…
Robin: Glad to be of service. Skip Hippopotamus; you can take your two year old to any neighborhood brasserie or bistro or creperie. But you should probably think about getting one of those cloth gizmos to strap your kid into a regular chair….I have never seen a high chair in a Paris restaurant. Places that have nonstop service are your best bet unless your two year old can eat dinner at eight. (Mine never stayed up that late at that age!) Another tried and true tip: have your main meal of the day at lunch. Dinner can be bread and cheese at the hotel, impromptu picnic in the park, etc.
As for special etiquette: the small French children I see eating out are amazingly well behaved. Don’t expect a lot of special catering to you because you have a little one. Be polite and respectful and you should do fine.
Sounds good–will look into the cloth gizmo. Thanks–never would have thought of that! Otherwise, I think we will be fine–we take our 2 year old to relatively nice restaurants regularly and figure that as long as it’s not the kind of place where people talk in hushed whispers, we’ll be fine. 🙂 Thanks for the perspective and reassurance.
One other question: we usually bring some sort of little activity to engage her while we’re waiting for food–do French kids use small toys or draw with crayons at the table, or is this considered rude?
I think as long as she’s quiet and not bugging anyone or drawing on the linen, I wouldn’t worry about it. Good for you for taking your two year old out to dinner. I’m a firm believer in travelling with kids, taking them out to eat and out to the theater. They learn how to behave quickly and that’s a great life lesson.
First, thank you so much for this resource, it’s an amazing wealth of information for me being a new transplant 🙂
However, I am scared to death to get a haircut…. I couldn’t go to sleep last night thinking “gosh, how do you say, ‘Please be careful I have very frizzy hair!’ in french!” Pathetic, I know. However, If anyone has any recommendations for salons, preferably with stylists that know what “frizzy” means, I would appreciate any advice! It’s time to take the plunge and get ready for spring and no more hats! (maybe by June? 😉
Thanks so much!
Katherine: Posted your question on our Facebook page and immediately got three responses. If you can “like” Posted in Paris on Facebook, the information is there for you. Scroll up to the top right hand corner of this page and you will find the link. Thanks for reading.
I have just found this blog!! I am moving to Paris in 3 months with no idea what to expect! Cant wait to get home from work tonight to read this and I’m sure ill find a lot of great tips 🙂
Thank you!! Your blog is so informative.
I will be renting an apartment near the Louvre for the month of Oct. I have (fake) acrylic nails and will need a fill while in Paris. Can you recommend a reasonable salon in the area (lst). Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Beverly. First, I recommend reading our post on getting your nails done in Paris which gives you the basics on what the experience will be like as well as helpful vocabulary. Then, while I haven’t been to this salon, Amysphere is located near the Louvre (51 PETITS CHAMPS, 75001 Paris 01 42 86 90 60) and does acrylic nails. You can check them out and let us know how it goes!
Hi, I am Lakshmi recently shifted to Paris and staying at Neuilly-sur-seine. I am looking for the french classes which Mairie de Paris is offering. I came to know that i can find such classes in the town hall of the particular area, not sure. So please let me know the details regarding the classes. Looking forward for the reply.