Une Américaine in gay Par-ee (in gifs)


1st Apr, 2013

After only five years in Paris, “Genevieve de Milwaukee” has gone from editorial translator at Vogue.fr to Fashion Editor of a children’s luxury fashion shop online. An ex-pat success story…right? Despite maintaining she still loves the French, during those five years, the Milwaukee native has acquired a few funny (or-not-so-funny) stories about the trials and tribulations of an American living in France. Naturally, the best way to tell her story was through gifs on a Tumblr, hence, I present the essential new Tumblr for any ex-pats living in France, Une Américaine in gay Par-ee. I picked out a few of my favourites…

Seeing French men exercising in the park… in their jeans…


When tourists ask me if I know where the Eiffel Tower is


A good whiff of the metro during the August heat waves



Trying to navitage the Galeries Lafayette at Christmas.



Seeing teenage French youths express their puppy love for the first time… everywhere… in public…



Making the mistake of asking a French sales person if these pants look good on you…


When I learned how Foie Gras is made


Stare down outside of starbucks at 8:59am, because they will not open the doors until 9:00. Even though they are all behind the counter.



When the French start fighting about politics


When SNCF and AirFrance all go on strike right before Christmas. For no reason. Again.



Walking into a party filled with Parisian women. Systematically.


You’re not alone ex-pats! Get more of UNE AMERICAINE IN GAY PAR-EE and follow Genevieve @DeMilkwaukee on Twitter to keep up with the latest posts.




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