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CultureShock! Paris

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CultureShock! Paris is an indispensable guide for anyone planning a stay in the City of Light. Let Frances Gendlin, with her invaluable Parisian insider knowledge and non-native perspective, take you through the process of settling in, whether for short or longer stays. From finding your own pied-a-terre and navigating French bureaucracy to discussing haute cuisine and French wines, all the practical information you need is at your fingertips. As a guest in France, should you kiss your host or shake his hand? Is it rude to be late or a faux pas to be early for a party? And what about meeting the French and making friends? If you are lucky enough to find yourself in this exquisite and sophisticated city, get the most of out of your stay with 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 France
  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. Bringing Pets
    11. Managing Your Money
    12. Staying in Touch
    13. Out and About
    14. The Call of Nature
    15. Safety
    16. The Student Life
    17. Student Housing
    18. Students and RATP
  14. Chapter 6: The World Capital of Food
    1. French Cuisine
    2. The Agreeable Search
    3. La Carte
    4. Making Reservations
    5. Your Own Decision
    6. But Where?
    7. Eating In
    8. Eating Out At Home
    9. Bakeries
    10. Fish
    11. Meat and More...
    12. Fromageries
    13. Tea and Coffee
    14. Chocolates
    15. Wine
    16. 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. Classical Music
    10. Dance
    11. And The Modern
    12. And All That Jazz...
    13. OK, Let’s Go!
    14. The Gay and Lesbian Scene
    15. Day Trips Throughout the Paris Area
    16. Sports and Fitness
    17. Becoming Fitness Conscious
    18. Shopping
    19. Bookshops
    20. Computers
    21. Cosmetics/Perfumes
    22. Flowers/Plants
    23. Home Furnishings
    24. Hair and Beauty Services
    25. Laundry and Dry Cleaning
    26. Optical Services
    27. Annual Festivals and Holidays
  16. Chapter 8: Parlez-vous Français?
    1. Thinking about French
    2. History of French
    3. Language Schools
    4. Getting Started... Some 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. Great Britain
    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. 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. Index
  25. About the Author