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Expat Elizabeth
Paris, France
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, I currently work as an audiovisual translator and live in a suburb of Paris with my French husband and 2 children.
Interests: Movies, American TV, Children's books, Art, Podcasts, Travel
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Through his work, Pierre gets a lot of invitations to cool stuff, most of which he turns down for dumb ethical reasons (honestly, would two front row center court tickets to the French Open be considered that much of a bribe?) But when an invite came across his desk for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
Although Pierre and I try to choose a mix of styles when we pick ballets for our yearly subscription, I admit I have a preference for the more contemporary works. Which does not necessarily mean contemporary choreographers. There are plenty of modern choreographers who work strictly in the classical lexicon.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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After 20 years in Paris, you'd think I would have hit all the major cultural venues at least once. But you'd be wrong. There are always new ones popping up and old ones I've never quite made it to. One of these is Paris expo at the Porte de Versailles,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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It's not quite summer here yet, but we're starting to enter that particular end-of-year winding down period as the school year heads for a close. This includes lots of year-end parties and shows for the kids' schools and activities, as well as the last performances of whatever theater subscription we've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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One of my fears about moving to the burbs is that I would get to the movies less. In my old neighborhood, I could walk to a very nice theater that showed most English-language movies in their original version (ie not dubbed). I was worried that if I had to... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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The Grand Palais is outdoing itself this spring with retrospectives of two major artists -- who couldn't be more different. The first is of 17th century Spanish master Velazquez, who gently pushed the boundaries of portraiture in his time. The other is 20th century designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who exploded any... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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One thing about actually living in Paris, as opposed to being a tourist, is that I rarely go Paris' most famous places. Of course, I have visited all the greatest hits at least once, but after that, I'd rather avoid the crowds and stick to more off-the-beaten-path areas. Which is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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You might think that with the number of museums, concert halls and exhibition spaces in Paris, there wouldn't be room for any more. But you'd be wrong. New, large-scale projects are still popping up all over, like the recently opened Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Philharmonie de Paris (neither of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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I've written many times about how I love seeing ballet at the Palais Garnier. Pierre and I have had a subscription for many years and save up our centimes so we can get the best seats possible. Having these few guaranteed date nights in Paris spread throughout the year are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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Although I usually hate New Year's resolution, I did make one this year - listen to less podcasts. Now, I've been a podcast addict for a number of years, and actually feel little guilt about spending most of the day with my earbuds in, ignoring my family. But I began... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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Yesterday I was surprised to learn I had been nominated for a blogging award by my incredible sister, Mara Rutherford. Although Mara is quite a bit younger than I, she's years ahead in the writing game and a huge inspiration to me. She has not one, but two great blogs:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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It's a hard day to write anything here in Paris. The kind of doodling I do here on the blog seems so trivial compared to writers and artists losing their lives for their work. There's no real way to make sense of the slaughter at the "Charlie Hebdo" offices. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Clash of Cultures
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I haven’t been taking in culture too much these past weeks, mainly because we’ve been moving. I won’t go into the stresses of moving, because everyone knows the spiel: after death and divorce, it’s the most traumatic life event (which in our case included passing from fiber optic internet to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
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Since my kids seemed to have inherited some of my less-than-stellar qualities (social anxiety, math phobia, bucky beaver teeth) it seems right they should have inherited a few good ones too, like my love of museums. I remember my mother regularly taking my sisters and me to the Los Angeles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
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Earlier this week I went back to the Grand Palais to see the exhibit of Franco-American painter Niki de Saint Phalle. Best known for her large, colorful Nana statues (nana is slang for woman in French), de Saint Phalle might also be familiar if you've ever hung around the Pompidou... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
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I've written before about the Grand Palais, my favorite place in Paris to see temporary exhibits. This autumn they've really outdone themselves, with three major shows going on at the same time: a retrospective of Japanese artist Hokusai, a respective of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle and a large... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
Jennifer, I'd forgotten (or didn't realize) you went there regularly. Another place for us to meet up on your next sabbatical. Happy Halloween!
Nancy, that sounds like a great memory of your childhood library. Luckily or unluckily, the libraries here aren't too high-tech, so they definitely still have that old-school atmosphere. Browsing in person really isn't the same as browsing on Amazon, is it? I'd love to visit the one in Red Lodge next time we come to MT (one day!)
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When I first moved to Paris, one of the most challenging things for me was getting my hands on English-language books. As a lifelong book nerd, I usually had stacks of waiting-to-be-read books: ones I bought, ones friends lent me, ones from the local library. Of course, I had to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
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Well, it's the rentrée, which means the start of another cultural season in Paris. As usual, there's a huge variety of things to see, hear and eat all over the city. So much so, that for the past few years, I haven't really needed to venture past my usual stomping... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
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I've been reading a lot of articles lately about the "summer blockbuster", specifically how the notion of a one big summer movie has changed over the years. Most critics seem to agree that the first summer blockbuster of the modern era was "Jaws", which was both a critical and commercial... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
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May in France is known as the "swiss cheese" month, since there are so many holes in the calendar. This year, three national holidays fall on thursdays, which basically means 3 long weekends (not all the Fridays are officially bank holidays, but most people take them anyway). And that's not... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
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It's always great to have visitors in Paris because it takes me out of my daily routine (which recently has involved grappling with the 100 year-old plumbing in my apartment). It's especially nice to entertain people who have been to Paris before and have already done the greatest hits, so... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Clash of Cultures
Next time I'll take you instead of my ungrateful kids!
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Considering that my son loves taking ballet, he's surprisingly uninterested in going to see it. Maybe at 9 he's still a bit young for formal performances or maybe he's more of a doer than a watcher. Still, as part of his dance education, I think it's important that he go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Clash of Cultures