by Pril Gurney
He studied the menu and I studied him. He had large buck teeth, a long nose and ears that were as near to being pointed as it was possible to be. He looked like a rabbit!!
“I am a vegetarian” he stated a little unnecessarily. How could he be anything else, I wondered. Born into the part. I was a little tempted to laugh but as this was our first, and likely to be our last, date, I suppressed the mirth.
“I can only have a relationship with someone who does not eat FLESH.” He made the last word sound like a swear word.
“Why didn’t you mention it before.?” After all we had been emailing for some time. I knew all about... more
We do everything in our power to prevent these people spoiling anyone's experience, which is why only 1 in 3 applicants are approved to join Expat Dating France. But unfortunately an occasional bad apple falls through the net, and this is when we rely on you to let us know if someone you're talking to raises suspicion. We will investigate discretely and act instantly.
The clever ones are the hardest to spot... more
There are a lot of things to consider when planning your first date. But you don’t want to over think things so much that you forget what’s most important: meeting someone new and having a good time while you do it. Our guide to setting up your first date is designed to help you do just that while eliminating the stress of planning.
Begin at the Beginning
When you get excited about someone it’s easy to want to jump right in. If that’s you, that’s great. There’s nothing wrong with a little excitement in life.... more
Making the move to a first date can feel like a double-edged sword. You’re excited about the possibilities, but still, this is a person you don’t know. How do you make such a nerve-wracking process comfortable for both of you? There are a number of do’s and don’ts, but one of the biggest pieces to help foster comfortability and connection is your location.
It used to be that first dates were about making a big impression with flowers, drinks, and a fancy restaurant. Today, flowers are best reserved for further along in the relationship and fancy restaurants can be a buzz kill. It usually doesn’t take long to get a feel for each other and know whether the possibility of connection exists. If you don’t feel it, a long dinner at a fancy restaurant can end up being a bit torturous.... more
1. Find what you have in common.
2. Start a conversation about it.
That’s it. You can think of it exactly like introducing two mutual friends to each other for the first time. You search in your mind for what they might be interested in in each other and then take it from there – asking each other questions to get the conversation going.
If there was a third rule, it would be to relax. ... more
All it really takes is being positive - here's a few helpful hints....
The key to success is all about reaching out and sharing yourself. Some people already realise this, others are a touch too reserved and wondering why they aren't getting very far.
Your profile photo says a lot, but it is like looking at the front of a house - it doesn't show the warm, comfortable, welcoming, friendly you within. It doesn't show your humour, your interests, your ideas or your talents.... more
Meeting people online and building a rapport with them takes just as much care and attention as any of your other relationships. You get from them what you put into them. Our simplest advice is to avoid sending rushed messages, take things slow, ask good questions, and build upon what you have in common.
But if this is your first message to someone, or maybe your first message of this kind ever, we understand that you’re looking for a little more than that. We’ve put together some of our favourite examples in order to spark your imagination and get comfortable with meeting people online. ... more