Hello, fellow francophiles! My name is April Nicole and I’m the face behind Dreaming in French Blog.

The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and the glistening light reflections along the Seine… these iconic Parisian sights are familiar from film and TV, but I’ve turned this romantic dream into my reality.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, my first encounter with France was during a solo trip to Europe in June 2019. Stepping off the train at Gare du Nord, I fell in love with Paris instantly, with no expectations and a heart full of ambition. When I returned to the U.S., the charm of Paris lingered in my mind. The idea of moving to this enchanting city took root, and I eagerly began researching my options.

Fuelled by daydreams, I enrolled in a French language school in Paris, eager to immerse myself in the culture and language of the city I adored. I returned to France in January 2020, planning to explore Paris and live like a local, hoping it could become a long-term arrangement. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which delayed my plans, I finally moved to Paris in March 2021 with a year-long visa and a heart full of joy.

Now settled in Paris, I am thrilled to share my experiences through the ‘Dreaming in French Blog’. This platform is a testament to my journey as an American in France, capturing the highs and lows of adapting to a new life in Europe. Through my blog, I aim to bring my audience along on my intimate journey, showcasing my passion for Paris and providing insights through my eyes.

01. Posing in front of Arc de Triomphe / 02. Smiling with Mona Lisa / 03. Notre-Dame Cathedral right after the fire / 04. The famous Eiffel Tower and carousel

It all started when I took my first solo trip to Paris in 2019.

It All Started When…

My love affair with Paris began during my first solo trip in June 2019. The moment I set foot in this enchanting city, the majestic sights, the welcoming locals, and the exquisite cuisine captured my heart. From the awe-inspiring view atop the Eiffel Tower to the serene walks along the Seine, every corner of Paris seemed to tell a story. The vibrant streets of Montmartre, with artists capturing the essence of French life, and the historical echoes within the walls of Notre Dame, all spoke to me deeply.

What truly made me fall in love were the Parisians themselves; their warmth and joie de vivre made me feel at home. Dining at quaint bistros, I savored dishes that were a delightful burst of flavors—each meal a celebration of French culinary arts.

This journey did more than spark my Francophile dreams; it was the beginning of a profound bond with France, inspiring me to share and relive this passion through every word I write.

Favorite Destinations

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some truly amazing places around France. Here are my top three favorites to help inspire you to get started.

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