The Woman

Miss Expatria was born on October 9, 2002 on a sofa previously owned by Robert Altman, whom she never met. She raised herself in an empty palazzo on the sea in Lavinio, Italy. Later, she moved to Rome and became the doyenne of the Gay Mafia.

Some time later and quite by chance, she was swept off her feet by a man in the South of France. Jet-setting glamour ensued. Love was in the air. But suddenly, she was forced to return to the city that broke her heart – New York – for one year, during which she plotted her escape.

After languishing in exile she finally was able to return to the South of France with the above mentioned man and a cat named Ladybird Johnson. She now confounds locals by speaking French with an Italian accent, and gets yelled at by her tabac owner for mispronouncing “bleu.”

Not everyone has her circumstances, and not everyone has the same desires as she. But whatever your ideas are about how life should be lived, she begs you to follow them until you drop.

Miss Expatria comes to you from the other side of her dreams, and she is telling you it is worth it.


She wrote a book about it all, too. You can buy it on Amazon or, if you’re cheap and lazy, read some of it here.

You can read more about her in this fabulous interview by the Happy Hotelier. You can look at her pictures on Flickr. You can follow her all damn day on Twitter, too, if you’re so inclined.

Miss Expatria has been linked to in the Wall Street Journal, quoted in the Huffington Post , profiled in Cosmopolitan Italia, and on the front page of USA Today! She’s also written several books including an expat executive’s guide to Berlin; how to get married, purchase real estate in and retire to Italy; and, for some reason, over 60 relationship and dating guides. She was the editor of BootsnAll’s France Travel Guide, has written itineraries for Fortnighter, has cooked on Italian morning television for reasons which are still unclear, and currently is the lead contributor for all France-related content on Viator.

Inquiries, email cantera at gmail dot com.


13 thoughts on “The Woman

  1. Oh how I wish I’d found you before my last 2 expat relocations! I was not into the blog world at all then, but was always looking for books and articles and more that would help me connect with the expat world, especially other women out there.

    Oh well. I’m happy to have found you now.

    Great blog, thanks!

  2. I can’t believe I know this girl!! If you think this blog is great, you should traipse around some city streets with Ms. Ex – that’s great. Amazing as you always are!

  3. Love, love, love your blog! So glad I found it after moving to Naples, Italy!! (and yes the traffic is more insane than anywhere……ever. I will be following your adventures!! 🙂

  4. I’m interested in doing a link exchange or at least being on your blog roll. Please let me know if you’re interested.



  5. christine – you are the bomb. Having some downtime at work and decided to catch up on your goings on and I just love it!!

  6. hey you!
    jeeees your site is amazin! how are you? great it looks like!!!
    comin to paris this thurs for our first weekend sans kids
    any recomendations ? no reservations anywhere yet!
    your photos are amazing and your life sounds like a blast

  7. Hey Miss Expatria,
    I love your blog and I’ve noticed that we’ve got a lot in common in terms of interests and travel tastes. My good friend and I (both 39 yrs old and serious Italo-philes) operate a small custom tours business. I was thinking that maybe we could put together a “Miss Expatria” France/Italy trip so that all your beloved readers would have access to some of the kinds of experiences you love and write about so well. Let me know if you’re interested. This would just be a sort of sample (like the sample itineraries on our website) that could be customized to include each traveler’s interests.
    Keep up the great writing!

  8. Cara Fellow Hedonist,
    Luv the site. Lived in Trastevere for 3 blissed out years, now live in Paris most of the time and visit mio marito in Malta ; )
    Have the in laws living in Mandlilieu….I do hope our lives overlap, literally, figuratively, any which way.
    Lovely stuff.

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