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CultureShock! Paris

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CultureShock! Paris is the indispensable guide for anyone planning a stay in the City of Light. Let Frances Gendlin, whose Parisian insider knowledge and non-native perspective are invaluable, take you through the process of settling in, whether for short or longer stays. From finding your own pied-à-terre and navigating French bureaucracy to discussing haute cuisine and French wines, all the practical information you need will be at your fingertips. As a guest in France, should you kiss your host or shake his hand? Is it rude to be late or rude to be early for a party? And what about meeting the French and making friends? If you're lucky enough to find yourself in this exquisite and sophisticated city, get the most out of your stay by learning from this essential and fun-to-read guide!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Frace
  9. Chapter 1: Impressions
  10. Chapter 2: Overview
    1. Past and Present Entwined
    2. Paris Now: The City As it Is
  11. Chapter 3: Meeting the Parisians
    1. Answers Still Exist
    2. Getting Started
  12. Chapter 4: Socialising with the Locals
    1. Breaking Down Their Reserve
    2. A Parisian Friend
    3. The Art of Conversation
    4. In a Parisian Home
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Formalities for Residence
    2. Finding Your Parisian Nest
    3. Furnished Apartments
    4. Unfurnished Apartments
    5. Purchasing an Apartment
    6. Moving Your Belongings
    7. Settling Into Your Home
    8. A Child’s World
    9. To Your Good Health!
    10. Managing Your Money
    11. Staying in Touch
    12. Out and About
    13. The Call of Nature
    14. Safety
    15. The Student Life
    16. Housing
    17. Students and RATP
  14. Chapter 6: The World Capital of Food
    1. French Cuisine
    2. The Menu
    3. The Agreeable Search
    4. Recommendations
    5. Eating In
    6. Eating Out At Home
    7. Bakeries
    8. Fish
    9. Specialty Foods
    10. Meat Markets
    11. Fromageries
    12. Tea and Coffee
    13. Chocolates
    14. Wine
    15. Champagne
  15. Chapter 7: Enjoying Paris
    1. Paris, Any Time of the Day
    2. Finding Out What’s New
    3. Paris Itself
    4. Monuments and More
    5. The Greatest Art
    6. Ticket Purchase
    7. Theatre
    8. Cinema
    9. Music
    10. Dance
    11. Nightlife
    12. And All That Jazz...
    13. The Gay and Lesbian Scene
    14. Day Trips Throughout the Paris Area
    15. Keeping Fit
    16. Shopping
    17. Bookshops
    18. Computers
    19. Cosmetics/Perfumes
    20. Flowers/Plants
    21. Home Furnishings
    22. Hair and Beauty Services
    23. Laundry and Dry Cleaning
    24. Optical Services
    25. Annual Festivals and Holidays
  16. Chapter 8: Parlez-vous Français?
    1. The French Academy
    2. History of French
    3. Language Schools
    4. Getting Started... Some
    5. Pronunciation Hints
  17. Chapter 9: Minding Your Business
    1. The European Union
    2. The French Economy
    3. Paris Business Scene
    4. French Business Information
    5. Assistance for Anglophones
    6. Chambers of Commerce
    7. Legal Forms of Enterprise
    8. Attorneys and Expert Help
    9. The Labour Pool
    10. Business Atmosphere
    11. Networking
    12. Offfice Space
    13. The Job Hunt
    14. Work for EU Nationals
    15. Work Permits for non-EU Citizens
    16. Permits and Contracts
    17. Looking for a Job
    18. The Job Search in Paris
    19. Teaching
    20. Student Work Permits
    21. Au Pair Work
  18. Chapter 10: Fast Facts
    1. Famous People
    2. The Use of Abbreviations
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index