Meet Anne


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetCoucou! My name is Anne and I am a writer in Paris. Though my passport is American, my appetite is oh-so French. Hardly Snarky is where I share my musings on travel and life in France and beyond.

Previously, I’ve contributed to several Francophile publications in the U.S. and abroad as well as the National Geographic I Heart My City travel blog. My work can also be found on Medium. Please contact me if you are interested in working together!

Before moving to Paris, everywhere from Aix-en-Provence, France to Washington, D.C. to small towns in Virginia have been my homes-for-now, but I always knew I wanted to return to Paris. My path to Paris began at a very young age, from reading Madeline to learning French basics before school, all while eating too much Nutella. In 2011, I studied at NYU in Paris and after two years of working in Washington, D.C. post-graduation, I quit my job and moved to Aix-en-Provence to teach English. Now, I am a student at the American University of Paris working on my masters in Global Communication.

Why Hardly Snarky?

I built this blog in anticipation for studying abroad in 2010, but I wanted to stay as far away from “An American in Paris” and similar blog titles as possible. At the time, I had quite a snark to my personality that I only slightly acknowledged. And thus, a blog was born.

All photos copyright Anne Elder of Hardly Snarky unless otherwise noted. Please contact me if you’d like to inquire about publishing my photos.

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  1. You don’t know me, but I met a relative of yours named Clarice Elder at a scholarship luncheon last week at Wesleyan College. I mentioned that I was a French and International Relations Major and she told me to check out your blog. Looks like you are having fun, je suis tres jalouse!

  2. Jennifer says

    I am going to be doing TAPIF in the Academie de Lille! I can’t wait to follow along with your adventures and see how you enjoy the south of France. I hope it is as great as it is in my head!

  3. Hi Anne, first of all, you have a lovely blog. I love your profile picture 🙂 You look like such a happy gal.
    I came across your blog on the Zuki Theme Support. I’m having trouble fixing the text (and picture) width of my posts. I see you seem to have found a solution. Would you mind helping me out with this?
    Greetings to wonderful and beautiful France

  4. Just found this page through your I Heart My City post…love it! I’m a primary-level teaching assistant in a medium-sized city in Centre region (actually my first choice!), but I adore Aix/Marseille. Quelle chance! Hope your last few weeks are great!

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

    • P.S. A Year in Provence and My Life in France are two of my favorite books, and I LOVE Musée Granet–was lucky to see the Atelier de Midi exhibition two years ago! 🙂

      • Hi Chloe! So happy you found me! I adore Aix too 🙂 I will have to check out your blog to see what your experience has been like. Hope you have a good last few weeks!

      • My Life in France is my all-time favorite book too – I love finding people who love it too 🙂

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