Join French Girl in Seattle’s French housewarming party

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle! I am so glad you could join me for this French housewarming party, ma pendaison de crémaillère. After weeks of hard work, it is time to celebrate: I am happy to invite you to discover French Girl in Seattle‘s new {virtual} home. I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I have enjoyed developing the site with Kim, (creative director of Orsanna,) an American francophile who once lived in France. This website is, in many ways, yours as much as mine: Many of you entered the Giveaway I launched earlier this year to help me find a new tagline. Look for the winners’ names later in this post.

To find more information about the Giveaway, please visit this story. A few months ago, when listing my objectives for this project, I wrote: “I want French Girl in Seattle to be better, with improved navigability for one, so visitors can access easily all the stories I have shared for more than 7 years. I want the new website to be a space francophiles enjoy visiting, and where they find inspiration and resources to help them indulge their French guilty pleasures and plan their future trips.

Alors, dites-moi, now that you have joined this French housewarming party: Mission accomplie (mission accomplished?)

French housewarming party
FGIS: Looking at France like a native (la Tour Eiffel et la Deuche)

Join the party:

As you explore ma maison, room after room during this French housewarming party (tip: the site is mobile-friendly but photos will look a lot better on a computer or tablet screen,) here are some of the surprises awaiting you: destination highlights (visit France, the USA, and more destinations with the navigation bar at the top of the homepage, or by clicking on the photos,) stories and insights on French culture and the French way of life you could only get from a native, travel tips, reviews of my favorite movies, tv shows, places, products and services, and a (budding) YouTube channel featuring vignettes on French life. Finally, the About Page will enable you to meet this French Girl in person via interviews I have recently given while in France (“As seen on.”)

La Mailing List: Reading the stories first

If you have already joined la Mailing List and signed up with your email address, you will keep receiving new stories, like this one, directly in your inbox. There is no need to do anything else. If you have been receiving email notifications via WordPress, you will need to sign up via la Mailing List to stay in touch. Don’t worry: the site will let you know if your email address is already registered.

Introducing: La Boutique

This is the new place where I hope you have fun finding affordable French-themed gifts for you, or your friends. I will be your personal shopper and will make your French heart smile: Let me know what items you would like to see there! If you don’t want to shop and prefer good old-fashioned lèche-vitrine, (window shopping,) please support French Girl in Seattle by sharing this site, and my stories with your francophile friends. Merci d’avance.

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FGIS: Working hard at informing, guiding, and entertaining you!

French Girl in Seattle Giveaway results

This French housewarming party is about to get even better! So many of you offered suggestions for the website’s new tagline, on the blog and on Facebook! Favorite ones included: “Explore France with a French native,” “FGIS: Your direct lifeline to France,” “Whether here or there, France is in the air,” “Beyond the surface of France.” There was clearly a common theme. France makes you dream, even if you live far away, and she inspires you. You want to learn more about the French way of life, and not just as a tourist. You visit French Girl in Seattle because you like to get an insider’s view on French culture and French destinations.

It was challenging to choose a winner. So I chose two. Please reach out to me privately so we may discuss how I can ship your prizes to you! Winner #1: Faithful reader (and former expat in Paris Aussie-on-Ile-St-Louis) left, as always, a thoughtful comment, and made a great point: “I’ve been thinking about your request for a new tagline but can’t improve on what you have. Instead I tend to think your main tag (ie. French Girl in Seattle) is perhaps part of the issue: it doesn’t suggest the blog is going to be about France rather than your experiences in Seattle. (…) The only thing that comes to mind is a modification, very tentatively something like: ‘French Girl in Seattle… Dreaming of France’ or  ‘FGiS… Still Dreams of France’ or ‘Dreaming of France by French Girl in Seattle’. (…) It clarifies what the blog is about (…)” 

Merci, cher Aussie-on-Ile-St-Louis. I hope you enjoy the website’s new name. 🙂

Winner #2: Long time FGIS reader Betty Moriarty, who left the following comment on Facebook: “(…)You always make my French heart smile.” Even if I did not use your suggestion in the tagline, Betty, I have mentioned it on the website. Merci!

To all of you, who follow French Girl in Seattle here, on Facebook, or on Instagram, to la Belle France, who continues to fuel many travelers’ dreams and to delight visitors, merci beaucoup! I will be looking forward to getting some feedback from you after you browse the site. Please take a minute to leave a comment.

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You can take the French Girl out of France… (Photo Virginie G.)

A bientôt! See you in a few days with a brand-new travel story… and a new Giveaway!

— French Girl in Seattle

 

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What did you think about this article? Let me know in the comment section below, (I love reading your messages and reply to most.) Don’t be selfish and share with a friend! Merci. Véronique (French Girl in Seattle)

37 Comments

  • Wow! I look forward to seeing the new website. What a project!
    I read you because (1) you’re from here (hurray, Toulouse!! Even if we’re in Carcassonne, it’s close enough!!) and (2) you remind me in a reverse sense of the things I found so different/exotic when I moved to the south of France. I always learn something from you.

    • Thank you so much. I hope your patience gets rewarded when you discover the new site. Kudos for your wonderful blog too. I follow you because you are more observant than most and have a very empathetic take on French culture. A bientôt!

  • You have been in my life for many years now Véronique, and have enjoyed so many of your suggestions. Looking forward to this website of yours where it will be easier to find everything. Bravo!

    • You have been in my life too, for many years, Nicole. Thank you for that. You know I particularly enjoy hearing from French readers. Can’t wait to release the new site. I feel like a proud mom!

  • Excited to see your new blog. After reading your stories of France, I am finally able to fulfill my dream of spending a few months in this beautiful country. I have visited a few of your suggested cities and villages and they were wonderful. Currently I am residing in Les Cabannes visiting a friend who is restoring a beautiful chateau there. It has been a wonderful experience coming to France. I have another six weeks left and intend to enjoy every moment. I am already planning my return again next year!
    Thank you for what you do and all your great stories.
    DiAnn

    • Merci DiAnn. I am so happy you get to spend quality time in la Belle France – and even happier you were able to follow some of my recommendations. With this new website, you should find even more inspiration here to help you plan new itineraries. Bon séjour!

  • Bravo, Veronique!! Merci pour tous tes efforts de nous informer et enseigner de la belle France. Moi, je trouve toujours quelque chose qui me fait penser dans tes postes et articles.

    – Trudy Brunot

  • Congrats Veronique. I know you really want to focus on France. Great!Since I come to Seattle at least once a year I also like tips on French places in Seattle as well.

    Jennie

    • Bonjour Jennie. I need to update some of my older posts on Seattle over the next couple of months. I will be adding a few more as new places have popped up all over the city recently. Merci de votre visite et à bientôt!

  • Véronique, bon travail! It looks great and I look forward to regular visits. You’ve been the inspiration for many places I’ve visited and plan to visit. Merci!

  • I love the new website! Seeing your posts and pictures are always a bright spot in my day! I’m so happy you have Madeleine and canele pans in the boutique, what fun! I’ve tried your recommendation of the Trader Joe’s caneles and would love to make them myself.

  • Love the logo with the French bulldog in marinière and the Tour Eiffel. Véronique you are my inspiration for daily creativity and fun. Wonderful new website and beautiful new home FGIS.

    • Merci beaucoup Chloé. It’s funny: I never considered myself a creative person, until I started the French Girl in Seattle blog so many years ago. Writing has become an important part of my week now. I am so happy you enjoy the new website (and the Frenchie.) Stop by again soon!

  • Cher FGIS, Véronique,
    I am flattered by your choice. Though didn’t I kind of borrow some of that from another correspondant?
    I was a bit worried I went a bit too OTT, and may have blotted my copybook, with my last rather-long posts.

    Nevermind, I am glad and it looks very good which is the main thing. This format will promote wide-spread browsing through all those topics and stories.

    If only I could share that glass of champagne in the main pic. And if I am not mistaken that is Café de Flore, though perhaps not the one on Ile St Louis?

    I’ll send you an email.
    Regards.

  • Oops, maybe not. Your:
    “For additional information, questions, contact Véronique” on your Contact page doesn’t seem functional yet? The “contact Véronique” is highlighted in blue as if it is a link but I can’t click it.

    • Merci encore. I am happy you approve of the site and find navigability improved. That was one of the main goals. I will be expecting your email then? The Contact page is fixed: Just reach out when you can! As for the glass of Champagne, you are correct about le Flore, and it is the one and only, located on the Left Bank. A bientôt!

  • Your second choice is a friend of mine from high school and a neighbor who lived across the street from my family during our school years. She is the one who introduced me to AFGIS. We both love Paris and France and return at least every other year. Although we don’t see each other very often she lives in the Washington DC area and I live the Seattle Washington area we keep in touch through Facebook. Thank you for having a website that we both love and enjoying reading.

  • I am looking forward to your new endeavor. I have enjoyed your past posts so as I head towards retirement, this gives me more to review.

  • Je vous dis chapeau ! I found you over on FB and I’m happy to see this beautiful site. It’s very well organized and the photos are délicieuses. I can hardly wait to visit France again but until then I will keep visiting this site ! Merci !

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