About me

It all started in the 7th grade when, after a 6-week trial with each, we had to choose a foreign language to study the following year: French or Spanish.  Despite the fact that I had always planned to study Spanish, I didn’t like the teacher, so in the end I picked French.  And thus began a love (and sometimes hate) affair with the French language, culture and history.  But never in a million years did the 7th grade me think that I would end up here…

A 31-year-old American,

And native Ohioan.

Married to a Frenchie.

Currently living near Bordeaux…

After having previously lived in multiple Ohio cities, Tours, Rome and Paris.

Fluent in French (though with an accent that is très Américain).

Mother/slave to a French kitty named Rasteau.

A former (and very reluctant) English teacher…

Turned auto entrepreneur working in bilingual administrative and customer services…

But still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.

An amoureuse of French culture…

Except the administration, bien sûr.

French food and wine aficionado still dreaming of peanut butter, tex-mex and Dr. Pepper.

A gourmande who loves to cook, especially Asian, Mexican and Italian…

Though also addicted to German and Eastern European cuisine.

A small-town girl with a big desire to see the world.

A history buff.

Language-lover with a B.A. and an M.A. in French and a minor in Italian.

A realist (because I like to think I’m not a pessimist and I know I’m not an optimist).

A book and Kindle enthusiast.

Perfectionist to a fault and obsessed with the to-do list.

Véritable city-girl at heart who has no idea what to do with her giant garden.

Very stubborn and perhaps overly opinionated.


A problem-solver.

Not afraid to offend (and sometimes delighted to do so).

And an expat blogger who is not afraid to tell the truth (be it good or bad).

Hi, I’m Michele and welcome to my blog!  Here at Michele’s Life en Franglais I have been talking about my everyday life in France, cultural differences, how I got here, being an expat, travel and anything else that comes to mind since 2009.  Really, I’m just another American in France sharing the ups and downs of my life split between two countries, two cultures and two languages.

Enjoy, or should I say bonne lecture!


  1. Hello,

    I am the content editor for EasyExpat.com and have been following your
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    in our series of expat interviews. This would entail questions about being
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    Here is an example of some of the best answers from our anniversary issue:

    If you are interested, just let me know and I will send the questionnaire.
    In any case, keep up the good work!


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  2. Hi Michele,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog, it is very refreshing to find someone with similar views and experiences here in Bordeaux. I moved here a couple years ago from Los Angeles and I had lived half of my life in the states so I miss the American way of life very much. I'm originally from Acapulco. I am also married to a Frenchie and I would love to connect with you, so far I haven t had much luck meeting other American friends here in Bordeaux and I would like to have some of my own friends and not just my husband's. Here's my email if you want to get in touch with me michellealgazi@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  3. Dear Michelle,
    My name is Joe Pinzone and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film in France and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you'd like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc