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Tania Ambridge - Maison-Lafitte (Paris)

"Main advantages: my kids will grow up with a bigger picture of the world because we are surrounded by different cultures, etc here in Maison-Lafitte Disadvantages: They will never quite experience the english culture in the UK, in the way that my husband and I remember..." (TA, July 2011)

  • Interview with Tania Ambridge


    What is your name, age and how long have you lived in Maisons-Lafitte?

    Tania Ambridge, 37, 5 years. (2011)

    Why did you decide to move there?
    I found Paris too restrictive in terms of space with 2 small children!

    What nationality are you and your partner?

    Both British.

    How many children do you have, what are their names and when were they born?
    2. Toby (8) and Chloe (6). (2011)

    Do you work and if so what do you do?
    I am a trained teacher and for the past 2 year I have been teaching at lErmitage International School, but prior to that I set up my business Daisy Roots Paris.

    What was your experience of having a baby in Paris (if relevant)?
    Confusing and scary! I found out I was pregnant the first weekend we moved out here - my french wasnt very good at the time - it still isnt!!

    How well integrated would you say you and your children are?
    Very well. My children go to french schools and there is also a thriving anglophone community out here.

    What language do you speak to your children?
    English only

    Do you rent or own a property and how did you find the renting/buying process?
    We own our house. It was fairly tricky but we had an english-speaking notaire which helped!

    Do you think it essential for someone to speak French when relocating to Paris?
    No!

    How welcoming have the Parisians been towards you and your family?
    Surprisingly, everyone has been lovely to us all - I have had only one tiny negative experience in the local butchers!!

    How would you describe a typical Parisian?
    Proud.

    What is your impression of childcare and education in Maisons-Lafitte?

    Excellent.

    What school(s)/nursery(ies) do your children go to?

    Local primaire.

    Why did you choose this school/these schools and are you happy with your choice?

    It is very important that my kids have excellent/native french, as we are staying here forever - with both of us being British, it seemed the logical thing to do. I am veryhappy with my choice.

    Are there any services, activities for kids, day-trips for kids, family-friendly restaurants or kids’ shops you’d like to recommend?
    Trinity Tots (www.trinitytots.fr) is a non-profit school that has taught my kids how to read and write in english. A truly brilliant resource here in M-L.

    What do you think are the main advantages and disadvantages of being a parent from the International Community living in Paris/Maisons-Lafitte?
    Main advantages: my kids will grow up with a bigger picture of the world because we are surrounded by different cultures, etc here in ML. Disadvantages: They will never quite experience the english culture in the UK, in the way that my husband and I remember...

    What advice would you give for anyone having a baby or thinking of relocating to Paris/ Maisons-Lafitte with children?
    Do it! Lots of people ar ehere to help you with advice and support, which is much needed when raising a child away from family.

    What couldn´t you live without in Maisons-Lafitte?
    My bike.

    What could you live without in Maisons-Lafitte? Another hairdressers/florist/sushi resto!!