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3 effortless & fun resolutions for 2021

If, like us you tend to start any new year with 100 resolutions  and you give up after a few days/ weeks. Here a list of 3 easy ones, that could also help you to get through this atypical year in the best way possible! 😉

 

1- Learn a new language

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis

As I mentioned before, what’s worse than living in a country where we don’t speak the language? Living in our bubble doesn’t help much either when trying to integrate! Although some languages can be more attractive than others, you really must force yourself to learn. Believe me, I’ve been living in Germany long enough without speaking German to understand the struggle 😉 

It took me almost 3 years to start pushing myself to learn. I personally used an online platform :  Babbel and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s easy, engaging, and best of all, at your fingertips, online! It really helped me to warm to German and broke down lots of barriers to the language! ;’)

Subscriptions are starting fomr 1 month. So, don’t worry, there is no commitment, suck it and see!  >  Discover here <   Or register as a member to enjoy some exclusive discounts!

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 2-  Learn how to cook (with fresh products)

 

 

I realised that despite this lack of social life/ crazy nights, we’ve been forced to focus on what’s real and it is important to enjoy nice dinners and good wine at home with friends! 

It also might also be a nice idea to prepare a special dish “made with love” and why not “from your country” so that your friends can also try something new, this is the core of expat life and experience! Last year we discovered a few companies that deliver great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week! (perfect if, you are usually running out of time!)  Check out Hello Fresh! If you are in France, you can also check this one: www.quitoque.fr

 

 

3- Become (more) ecological

This is one thing that we are also working on, to improve our ECO footprint.   We don’t have to change everything but, for instance, we can start using ecological products to wash our dishes after dinner or Apéro at home.  We can decide not to use straws in our cocktails (except if they are made of Recyclable material like here). 

During the Christmas holidays, we tried a kit from the French Start up Pousse Pousse : Make your own washing up soap! It’s easy to use and very cute, the box contains all the ingredients to make your own products. We absolutely loved it! From Monthly box subscriptions to online shop,  this website offers pretty much everything to improve your eco footprint at home!

Each box contains a DIY kit to learn how to make  products you can use on a daily basis, a selection of eco-responsible products and a magazine with zero waste advice and tips.

Check out this French company Pousse Pousse for more inspiration! Psst, we can offer you a 5% discount with our code MAEYPP5! 

So, do you think those 3 resolutions are doable and fun? 🙂

Let us know, we would love to hear your thoughts!

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French lifestyle for Christmas

The French lifestyle is all about the art of living life to the fullest. Living life with pleasure and enjoyment is always a priority, whether it’s through social gatherings, excellent food, or beautiful surroundings. But today, we want to share our insights with you about French lifestyle. Ready to live life the french way?

Believe it or not, French people love to show off through social activities such as, hanging out in ‘hot spots’, drinking good wine, enjoying the best food.. but when it’s in relation to dressing up, we avoid showing off or any  brand. For French people we prefer subtle details, simplicity, and modesty.  We tend to avoid flashy colors and extravagance. It’s not tasteful to show off ones wealth. The typical Parisian wears minimalistic, simple clothes and doesn’t overload their outfit with delicate pieces. In a future article we will talk about how to dress like a Parisian. But for now, let’s focus on something coming up in less than a week now:  “Fêtes de fin d’années” aka Christmas Eve and New year’s eve!

For this time of year we make an exception, we absolutely loooove everything shining and reminders that this is the best time of the year! After all, we literally spent almost a year not having to dress up ..and I am pretty sure we are all missing it, right? So here are some brands to help you shine like a French diamond, as the saying goes “diamonds are forever”. 

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The Kooples is an emblem of Anglo-Parisian elegance, nicely dressed to the nines. From shirt to party dress, from jeans to suit, and from shoes to jewelry, it is a state of mind. For women and men, The Kooples has tailor-made a neo-dandyism all on its own, a London cut revised with a French “je-ne-sais-quoi”.

Good news! This week end, The brands offers 30% off on a special Christmas selection! Check it out here:

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Uniting feminine elegance and easy going designs with rock’n’roll boho chic. Maje is an Incontournable in the  Parisian fashion world.  Good news, you can find boutiques  in your adopted country (France, Netherland, UK, Germany, and many more!)

If you are in Germany, the brand offers up to 50% on their website: hurry up! (until tonight! )

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5 Tips to handle those Expat Blues 

The expat blues are probably at the epicenter of peoples worries when moving abroad. However, at least in our opinion, this is still seen as a taboo that nobody really wants to bring up. As usual, Apéros Frenchies has your back!  today, I decided to share some top tips with you guys based on my experience regarding this incredible but also not easy journey of being an expat.  Hopefully these tips to handles those expat blues will help you to get through this difficult time!

 

We often move to a new country by ourselves and most often for a job opportunity. We say goodbye to our family, our friends and we jump into a new adventure not knowing exactly how long it will last. But keep in mind that this is an exciting feeling and that’s the reason why we are doing it after all, embrace the adventure and keep in mind that expat blues is part of the journey!

1 – Open your heart to a new relationship

Have you ever noticed that people are usually more open minded in your new adopted country than back home? The expat syndrome is contagious!

When we live abroad, we usually leave everyone behind and start a new life. We don’t have our family, our best mates or ex classmates to hang out with anymore. It’s hard to socialise and make real connections. So, if you don’t take this opportunity to open your heart to unknown people, you can possibly end up by yourself at home feeling this expat blues. (And this is probably not what you are looking for! 😉 

Why not go for some drinks with your colleagues afterwork and take this opportunity to build relationships. You can break the ice by asking some simple questions such as if they already lived abroad or moved to another city. It helps to break the ice and maybe you will find some common points to chat about. The main thing is that you put yourself out there and make an effort, trust me, you won’t regret it! Who knows, maybe you will meet your best mate or long-time partner in the process 🙂

2 – Try to socialise as much as possible

Yes, I know, it’s easy to say and especially during this lockdown time where we’d rather be tucked up and cosy at home.. but don’t be lazy, take this chance and remember that we always meet people for a reason!  Why not ask this easy-going friend to go for a walk / run or to grab a coffee outside and tell him/her to bring a friend or two?

Never underestimate this spontaneous catch up, because sometimes that is how you make the best – unexpected – connections!  By the way, we often say in French “Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis” (My friends’ friends are my friends). Get it? 

 

 

3 – Use social networks

I have seen many times in the different countries/cities I have livedin, people posting in expat groups asking to meet new friends. It takes courage to do it, but I am pretty sure that most of them met some cool people to hang out with or good friends, you have nothing to lose!

Don’t be ashamed to ask, there is absolutely no shame in this! we all went through it and most people would appreciate it because they are probably feeling the same way but are too afraid to take the initiative! 

Even though I personally don’t use Facebook that much anymore it is a great network to share these kind of experiences and to join expat groups in your new city (or just our Apéros Frenchies’ page 😉 )

 

4 –  Exercise the language part of your brain!

What’s worse than living in a country where we don’t speak the language? Living in our bubble doesn’t help much either when trying to integrate! Although some languages can be more attractive than others, you really have to force yourself to learn. Believe me, I’ve been living in Germany long enough without speaking German to understand the struggle. 😉 It took me almost 3 years to start pushing myself to learn. I personally used an online platform :  Babbel and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s easy, playful, and best of all, at your fingertips, online! It really helped me to warm to German and broke down lots of barriers to the language! ;’)

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5 – Organise small events at home

Due to the pandemic, the restrictions are different depending on the country you live in. However, if we cannot meet in restaurants or bars, generally you are still allowed to invite friends over (check the restrictions regarding your country).

I realized that despite this lack of social life/ crazy nights, we’ve been forced to focus on what’s real and it is important. Yes, Friday night fever is cool but what about a nice diner and good wine at home with great people? You can have some good chats, and even learn new things about your friends, such as musical ability!

For instance, it might be a nice idea to prepare a special dish from your country so that your friends can also try something new, this is the core of expat life and experience! Friends are always happy to discover new cultures! Also, don’t hesitate to check out our article  Apéro at Home – Plan the Perfect Apéro!  If, you are running out of time, we definitely advise you to have a look at this website!  HelloFresh delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week!

Don’t worry, if cooking is not one of your best skills, you can still order food from your local restaurant  using the handy app and keep it easy! 

Anyway, use this opportunity to ask friends about their feelings and how they handle their expat blues. You’d be surprised when you ask this question that you won’t be the only one who has mixed feelings! 😉

 

6 – Zoom Apéro from Apéros Frenchies 

You probably know about us because you’ve been to our networking events, right? Or maybe someone told you to come! I will soon talk soon about the reasons that drove me to build Apéros Frenchies and organise those events. However, unfortunately, we cannot organise events right now but some of you asked us about some digital Apéros to connect all of you guys! 

We have already done it a few times and we had a lot of fun! Let us know it is something you would like to do again! 

 

BONUS Treat yourself! (One of my personal favourites)

Who said we couldn’t buy happiness? It’s true that happiness does not comprise of an online order, but it can contribute! (Raise your hand if you agree!) 

Have a look at it, find your perle rare, add it to your Christmas Wishlist and enjoy! 

Cosy Blancket with sleeves 

Bathtube shelf with sucker 

Foot massager 

By the way, maybe you already checked it out before, but we have also written an article about our favourite products to buy especially tailored to a busy expat lifestyle!  

Also, if like me, you crave delicious French chocolate, I can give you a tip, you can definitely buy a bit of happiness here! (That’s my personal secret but don’t shout it too loud!) 

That’s it for today guys! I hope I helped you a bit regarding your expat journey with these top tips to handle these expat blues. Please, don’t hesitate to comment on our Facebook post if you have other ideas to share or would like to find out more and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page too! 

Remember: You mum always told you “don’t talk to strangers!” ? BREAK THE RULES!

Le Chocolat des français : Made in France chocolate for epicurean!

Un Bon vivant, is someone who knows how to enjoy good food, good wine and is devoted to sensual enjoyment. Truth be told, as I’m sure many of you already know), this completely defines the Apéros Frenchies team!  After seeing  this new original French brand Le Chocolat des Français in a few exclusive Parisian shops, it really aroused our curiosity and we decided to taste it ourselves and see what all the fuss was about!

 

You  can probably imagine the excitement when the doorbell rang and we discovered this beautiful & extravagant product from Le Chocolat de Français! How quickly did we taste it? Let’s keep that secret for now but believe us.. we couldn’t resist for too long! Firstly,  each product is wrapped in a bold coloured packaging designed and signed by different artists. Playing around with France’s pop culture imagery, each illustrator brings a unique touch to this brands’ assortment!

Secondly, tender milk, dark & salt, milk with salted caramel, crispy milk and dark with cocoa nibs, no doubt that we found at least one taste to please our papilles!    Verdict : we recommend le chocolat de français 100%!

After that, it you cannot resist to treat your taste buds, click here!

Established in 2014 by three friends, Le Chocolat des français manufactures in France Gourmet chocolates using natural-only ingredients; perpetuating the French tradition for chocolate craftsmanship. 100% pure cocoa butter, without any palm oil or conservatives, its recipes received many awards for their quality.

In conclusion, bravo, et longue vie au Chocolat des français! 

Pssst, looking for inspiration? Don’t hesitate to check out our other discoveries here! 

Travelling in Europe? Save time and money with Trainline

 

 

Already thinking about that Christmas feast with family and friends? It’s time to book your ticket home folks! We know that travelling can be stressful especially these days, but we have the perfect solution! Let us introduce you to this  new revolutionary platform… flexoffers

 

 

Every time we need to book a ticket in Europe we  personally always use Trainline. This service allows us to find the best deal and saves us time and money. You can travel by train across 24 country in Europe. So, If you haven’t booked your trip yet, it’s time to check it our and  enjoy a hassle free experience!.

Are you moving abroad and  want to take part in our amazing community of young professional expat across Europe? Check out what’s going on in your city ( Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Munich) and subscribe as a member (It’s free)! We are looking forward to meeting you next time!  

You can also follow us on Instagram or Facebook!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Must Haves for a busy traveller

Bonjour folks! Even though it doesn’t seem like it, Christmas is just around the corner. After a tough year of stress, frustration, and fear, it’s finally time for some little sparkles in our lives. As an active expat, you might feel like you often run out of  inspiration or time to spoil your love ones (or yourself). But dear, pas de panique: Apéros Frenchies decided to give you a hand this year. So look no further, these are your top 5 Must haves for a busy traveller!
 

5 must haves for busy travellers

 

 

1 – Suitcase organiser

 

Although travelling for leisure has come to a bit of a standstill, essential Business travel is still taking place! This suitcase arranger is just the last piece an active traveller would need.  Straight from your suitcase to the wardrobe (and vice versa) this portable wardrobe takes away the stress of packing and unpacking and save you a lot of time!

Price: 24,95€

 

2 – Minipresso

What is worse than starting a day without a good coffee?  We know that while traveling we can easily not have good coffee at hand.. But not anymore! With this Minipresso, you can enjoy a delicious espresso whenever, wherever. Minipresso is an espresso machine that doesn’t need batteries. It was designed for people with an active lifestyle, but its quality design and user-friendliness make it a great machine for all caffeine lovers to get their coffee kick!

Price: 59,95€



3 –  Portable electric blender 

Whether you are a work out buff or you just love a fresh, healthy juice at work, you can make all kinds of smoothies with this magic portable blender! Vegetables, fresh fruits, spices: fill up the bottle with whatever you llike, turn it on and enjoy!

Price : 29,95€

 

4 – Foot Massager

 

After a hard day’s work, can you think of anything better than a good foot massage to unwind? Now, instead of having to bribe your loved ones, this foot massager can knead, roll, and even apply air pressure. There’s sure to be a few green-eyed monsters. Hop on the good foot and do the… good thing! 

Price: 129,95€

 5 – Bala Bangles Wearable Weight

Have you spent your time working from your home office, eating chocolate and heavy winter food,is this making you feel guilty? Add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout with the one pound Bala Bangles wrist and ankle weights, helping to burn fat and build muscle. For yoga, running, aerobics, pilates, walking, traveling, home workouts, core training. You name it! Bala Bangles are made of the highest quality fitness materials and come in a range of colours! Allez, 3, 2, 1.. C’est parti!

Price 59,95€

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That’s it for our  5 must haves  but find out more ideas on the website L’Avant Gardiste !

Since we are on the topic of travel, perhaps you need to plan a trip somewhere in Europe? Either for business or to return home for Christmas? Why not check out our partner Trainline! Make sure to check out this platform and save time and money! 🙂

Perhaps, if you have not seen our website yet, feel to have a look at our latest articles and recommendations! 😉

 

 

Urban Loft Cologne, new concept for urban people

Tired of not traveling and can’t bare to spend one more weekend in your city? It’s time to explore the country, guys! Discover Cologne from a new perspective. Experience the city from an URBAN LOFT point of view, entailing art, food, drink, music, and most of all, fun!

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View on the city _ Urban Loft

 

A few weeks ago, we were traveling around Cologne. We were curious to discover this new design & young concept from Amaron group: Urban Loft Cologne. Co-working space by day,  hotel by night, it is located just few minutes away from the central station, which is perfect when you arrive by train it also offers all the facilities to visit the city.

With young friendly and really welcoming staff, we felt at home as soon as we arrived!

Art connoisseur? You would love their exhibitions from the bottom to the top! Every room is meticulously decorated with paintwork from local and international artists.

Rooftop lovers? Have a drink and relax on the terrace. Don’t take our word for it, experience it yourself.

Sports addict? Don’t worry, this place have a nice, furnished gym where you can work out at anytime and detox from the previous night out 😉

As we say “après l’effort le réconfort” make sure you enjoy the unconventional breakfast to kick off  a new adventurous day in Cologne.

NB: All the products served or offered at this hotel, are eco and made locally in Cologne!

Book your trip to Urban Loft Cologne  with Trainline and save time and money!

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Urban loft Bedroom
View on the city _ Urban Loft
View on the city _ Urban Loft
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Bathroom _ Urban Loft
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Cocktails lovers? Check out the Little Link, a speakeasy cocktail bar which appeals greatly to mixologist buffs.Delicious drinks, tranquille atmosphere & efficient bartenders!

 

 

 

 

 

Unconventional Diner – Les Bains Confidentiels

Known as one of the hottest spots in town, Les Bains Paris just re-opened on September 17th with an unprecedented concept “Les Bains Confidentiels”:  becoming the confidential meeting point of partygoers in the City of Lights. Discover this place from a whole new perspective!

 

Parisian Night Owl? This place is probably no secret for you anymore, but due to the pandemic, Les Bains has been closed since March 2020. Known for its traditional baths or for the select club where famous DJs became residents, this place is the HQ for all those cravings an evening in town with good vibes, artisan cocktails in trendy venues..  We have some good news for our night owls, they just re opened their restaurant, Roxo, a few weeks ago with an unconventional diner format.

Birthday diner? Private event? Romantic evening? Les Bains & La Riposte Agency are rolling out the red carpet for their guests. Offering you a plethora of diner / cocktail options, all of which are original and intimate.

From the dining room, you can enjoy live music while savoring a delicious diner; word on the street is that they even booked some emerging artists from the French Pop scene.

 

But that’s not all, you can also spend your evening dining or savoring cocktails in some unique areas that have been unveiled especially for the occasion. Whether it’s in the iconic club, where so many stars have taken to the dance floor… in the legendary swimming pool…or in the hotel’s penthouse suite your evening will take an unprecedented twist.

For those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere, then, pick the Chinese Secret Salon. With a private chef cooking before your eyes, get ready to be blown away by French excellence. Oh la la.

Look no further for the unique diner experience you’ve been craving in Paris, France, we’ve got your back with this exclusive opportunity for unconventional diner!

Info & reservation here

From Thursday to Saturday 08:30 PM – 02:00AM.

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Menu Les Bains:  Starters – Main Course – Dessert  59€/ PP

Menu Grand Bains: Amuse-bouche – Starters – Main Course – Dessert – Delicacies 79€/ PP

Suite privatisation (on request)

 

Our top spots for summer in Paris

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine to go, so have a look at where we’ve been partying, and we hope to see you there next time. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties.. we’ve selected only the best for you. So here it is, our top summer spots in Paris!

Off En Seine

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party and we are glad to have Off en Seine on our list! The infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine gave this year’s boat party a special edge. Moored at the foot of Austerlitz station, Off en Seine is Paris’ first hotel and bar that is located directly on the water.
There was a DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails by Citadelle and Sense of Spirits, served just for you. What a great place to party!

Check out  the pictures on Instagram!

We will be back at Off en Seine soon! Stay tuned!

If you prefer to go solo, and enjoy a quiet atmosphere,   the restaurant offers some tapas & really good cocktails every day from 5:00 pm! 

 

 

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Flow le Roof

4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for our Apéros Frenchies’ events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you there next time!

Thought about trying a new cocktail? We’ve got your back, just check out this post: Our top refreshing cocktails for summer!

If you cannot make it for our Afterwork, have a look while it is still sunny and warm! Flow le Roof is open everyday from Monday to Friday (5:00pm – 02:00am) and Friday- Sunday (03:00pm- 02:00am). And Le Quai is open everyday (09:00am to 02:00 am). 

 

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Kube Hotel

1 Passage Ruelle, 75018 Paris

Fancy a city escape to the jungle? Just a few steps away from Canal St Martin, this 4 star hotel offers an enjoyable evening with new and old friends, whilst surrounded by nature’s greenery. If you weren’t able to join us, you can always stop by as it’s one of our top locations in Paris, and have a drink (or two?)

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Keep an eye on our events page, and we’ll see you next time!

The Best Rooftop Bars in Munich this Summer

Urban flair, tasty cocktails, panoramic views over the Alps. Munich’s rooftop bars provide the perfect location for your summer nights out. We’ve put together the best rooftop locations for your summer in Munich!

 

The Terrace

The Terrace is located at the top of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This bar has a great atmosphere and is one of Munich’s best-kept secrets for asian inspired al fresco dining and sipping on cocktails. Guests are accompanied by a stunning view of Munich, including the twin domes of the Munich Cathedral and the  sunset over the Alpine horizon. Does it get much better? 

Goldene Bar

The Goldene Bar creates unique cocktails that are made just for you. Of course, you can order from the standard menu, but why not tell them your favourite (and worst) flavours, and be pleasantly surprised with what the talented bartenders rustle up!

Located behind the Haus der Kunst, and the Englischer Garten, the terrace and stays sunny until late, and the beautiful sunset will go down nicely with your new favourite cocktail. 

Oh, and if you need another good reason to come, this  place is a meeting spot of  the Eisbach-surfers …need we more? 😉

Flushing Medows

Flushing Medows is one of the best hidden rooftops in Munich. The vintage interior of this cosy rooftop bar invites you to relax and chill out with friends while being served the finest creation of cocktails. It’s a great place to enjoy the view over the city in the evenings!

Café im Vorholzer forum

The café Vorhoelzer is located at the top of the the architecture faculty of the Technische Universität München, and offers a view over the Pinacoteca museums. The entry is quite tricky to find, but hey, it’s a somewhat secret location for students! Perhaps you’ll make new friends whilst finding your there. Oh, and if you get hungry, feel free to order something to eat too!

Kulturdachgarten

This summer-pop-up bar is located on the roof of the Alpina Parking House, not far from the main train station. Kulturdachgarten is a great example of green city projects: The entire bar, seats and decoration are made from recycled materials.

If you’re hungry after a long day of work, taste the Indian vegetarian meals – they’re delicious. 

M’Uniqo

You might have seen our post brunching at the M’uniqo, but did you know it also has a rooftop bar?

Date night? M’Uniqo’s 360° view of  Munich could be the perfect location for you!

Louis Grill Room