Living abroad is an incredible opportunity and I feel very fortunate to have been able to make it my reality. There are certain aspects of life abroad that you can only truly understand if you’ve lived abroad yourself. If you’ve ever moved away from your home country to experience a life abroad, you will certainly be able to identify with many of the realizations and truths on this list.
You just got married in France and you want to start using your spouse’s last name in your daily life and on all your paperwork. Good news—The name change process is simple! Read on to find out how you can indicate your surname preference after marriage in France.
Driving by car is a great way to explore France, travel on your own schedule, and see areas of the country that are harder to access by public transportation. As an American, you’ll find that driving in France is not all that different from driving in the United States. Let’s look at some of the key differences and important road signs so that you know what to expect when driving in France.
Three years ago, I moved to France to join my Frenchman. Around the same time, I started this blog to document the ups, the downs, and the French bureaucracy as an American in France. No matter when you joined me on this journey, thanks for being here now! Let’s celebrate some of the highlights from my third year of living in France.
La rentrée ! Back to school time in France! Let’s take a look at some typical school supplies that students in France need for the classroom.
If you told me 5 years ago that I would own all of these household items, I wouldn’t have believed you because I certainly didn’t have a need for them. After moving to France, some of these items I bought and others I now own due to a merging of households with my French husband. Typical in many French homes, here are a list of common things that, as an American, I never owned before moving to France.
As one of the most visited cities in Europe, Paris attracts a large number of tourists every year, making it an ideal spot for scammers and swindlers to take advantage. One of the best ways we can avoid scams is by being aware of the most common cons so that you can easily recognize them. Here are some common scams that you may encounter in Paris when you are visiting, where you’ll see them, and how to protect yourself and your belongings. Some of these scams are typical of large cities and a few are more unique to Paris.
On the fence about making the trip out to Disneyland® Paris during this summer vacation? Not sure if it’s worth it or if you have enough time to fit it into your itinerary? Here’s why you should consider heading to Disneyland® Paris during your visit to the French capital.
Did you get a jury duty summons while outside of the United States? The first time I was ever called in for jury duty was after I had moved abroad to France. Here’s what to do when you’ve been summoned for jury duty as an American living or traveling abroad.
The Tour de France is an annual men’s cycling race. Every year the route changes, but the final stage of the race ends in Paris, France. If you’re visiting the capital at this time of year, it’s a thrilling summer event you won’t want to miss. Bonus—it’s completely free to watch the Tour de France in person!