As autumn took over Paris, my honeymoon period with the city continued. Five months in I’m still charmed by this city daily. But building a complete life is taking longer than I expected before boarding the plane in New York. Newsflash: It takes much more […]
Tag: moving to france
Some French baby names are very “en vogue” right now in America (Camille, Chloé, Olivier), and others are eternally chic (Juliette, Brigitte, Louis). But some interesting French names won’t be topping American baby name lists anytime soon.
“America is my country and Paris is my hometown.” Though she died more than 70 years ago, these words from Gertrude Stein continue to encapsulate the feelings of many Americans who followed in her footsteps. Increasingly my own as I feel more and more at […]
In early spring, while in the process of deciding whether or not to move to Paris, I came across a quote that resonated with my choice: “There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.” At that point I was snuggled into the comfort zone of my New York City life, 11 years in the making.
As part of signing the integration contract with France (un contrat d’intégration républicaine or CIR) at your OFII meeting, you have to complete two required modules on French civics.
When we decided to move to Paris, I went in search of stories about the Visa Long Sejour process and found surprisingly little online. So I decided to share my own experience with you. Good news: The visa process is quick, relatively easy and FREE!
I made the permanent move to France in June 2017. As I continue to share my experiences, I’ll add articles to this list that are helpful to others trying to make the move! Leave a comment if there is a topic you’d really like to hear about.
Paris Dispatch Series
Chronicling my personal experience moving to France and starting a new life:
- Paris Dispatch #1: Hello New Life
- Paris Dispatch #2: The Growth Zone
- Paris Dispatch #3: La Rentrée
- Paris Dispatch #4: The Waiting Game
MAKING THE DECISION
- Should I move Abroad? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself
- 50 Reasons You Will Never Be French
- 11 Books I Read about France Instead of Learning French
VISAS + IMMIGRATION PROCESS
- Visa Long Sejour guide for American spouse of French citizen
- Reviewing the French Airlines: planes, service & wine (obviously)
- Here’s What Happens at Your OFII Meeting + Medical Appointment
- La Formation Civique: Your 2 Required French Civics Modules
THE FRENCH LANGUAGE
LIFE IN FRANCE
- Love like the French, even if you’re not married to one
- The secret to ordering the best baguette in France
- The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette