Five things about my life in France

I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for this week’s Friday Five, which is a theme of my choice. As I get a lot of questions and comments about France, I thought I would tell you a little bit about my life here.



  1. I moved to France in 1993 to go to grad school.
  2. I have been married almost 20 years to a French man. He makes me laugh just as much today as he did 20 years ago ! He has the best sense of humor and doesn’t take life too seriously.
  3. I have double nationality, French and American. I took on French nationality after I had been here about 10 years. Being able to vote in the country where I live is important to me. I have never missed an election.
  4. When I speak French, I still have an accent, though most people can not immediately identify it. I asked a guy directions the other day while on a run and he answered me in English. Ggggrrrr. That never happens anymore !
  5. Although I lived within the Paris city limits for about 10 years, now I don’t actually live IN Paris, but a mile outside. When we bought an apartment it was much cheaper !

St Emilion


Yes, I love France though would consider moving back to the US one day if both my children were there.


Tell me something about yourself ! Have you ever been to France ? Did you like it ?

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Comments: 15

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy January 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm Reply

    I always wondered (and assumed) that you r husband was french.

    Yes, I’ve been to Paris. Once. And yes, I loved it!

    I’ve lived in 4 different states (and 3 different cities in NY).
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 24, 2016 at 7:06 am Reply

      Which state did you like best ?

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner January 23, 2016 at 12:20 am Reply

    I did not know that you moved there for grad school and then fell in love! How romantic 🙂
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  3. lacey@fairytalesandfitness January 23, 2016 at 12:25 am Reply

    Congratulations on being married almost 20 yrs. Sense of humor is always a great trait to have. My parents are celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary today. I can’t even imagine!
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  4. karen January 23, 2016 at 1:43 am Reply

    Awww, that is great you went for a season and fell in love 🙂
    I have never been anywhere in Europe.
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 24, 2016 at 7:05 am Reply

      So many great places to see

  5. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 23, 2016 at 2:34 am Reply

    I love that you live in France. Any regrets?
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 24, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply

      My only regret is living so far away from family….but with Skype AND 6 weeks vacation a year, its actually very manageable.

  6. Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom January 23, 2016 at 6:22 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

    I have never been to France but it is on my bucket list for sure!

  7. Tina@GottaRunNow January 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply

    I’d love to visit France – if only we could drive our RV there while on this trip!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 24, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply

      The roads are narrower here and so the RVs are small (er).

  8. Mar @ Mar on the Run January 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply

    so great! I’ve never been to France but would love to visit someday.
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  9. Leana January 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm Reply

    How amazing that you went to France for grad school and just stayed! Culturally did you find anything in particular a challenge to adapt to?
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply

      Great question, but I can not remember… it was a long time ago and I have since forgotten. The only thing I really miss about the US is baseball and football. But I can’t say I had a hard time adapting to France.

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