Bring on Les Soldes !

The summer sales period in France begins this Wednesday, June 24 at 8 AM and lasts until midnight on July 28. Thanks to the magic of the interwebs, I will be on my computer ordering things for the apartment instead of dealing with crowds at stores. Thank goodness for LaRedoute and 3Suisses !

These huge sales are only allowed twice a year in France, once in winter and once in summer. They both used to be 6 weeks long, but as of 2009, they are both 5 weeks long, and the extra two weeks of sales can be chosen by the stores themselves as long as they are finished at least one month before the official 5-week long sales begin.

Word is, however, that the national sales periods are on the way out and eventually stores will be able to decide independently when they have all their sales. Interestingly enough, it is the DGCCRF, a.k.a who David works for, that decides all this.

New Long-Stay Visa & First Residence Permit Procedures for France

As of June 1st, 2009, holders of long-stay visas no longer have to obtain a carte de séjour after arrival in France or the DOM-TOMS* for students, assistants, lecteurs/lectrices, visitors, salaried workers, temporary workers, and spouses of French nationals (but not other EU nationals – then you don’t need a visa at all). The visa […]

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Changement de Domicile

I’ve spent the past 5 days trying to figure out how/when/where to change my address for all the official things. I’m still not finished. There is a free site that allows you to change your address for a lot of organizations, such as CAF, Pôle emploi, CPAM, EDF, Centre des Impôts, etc.  You can also do réexpédition […]

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Carte de Séjour Vie Privée et Familiale: Chambéry Version

Even though I just renewed my CDS at the end of March in Annecy, since we moved to a new département, I had to apply for a whole new card instead of simply changing my address on it. The last time I moved, I stayed within the same département, so they just put a sticker […]

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Moving was the easy part.

Settling in is the hard part. I am very anxious to just feel at home in the new place, but it’s difficult without furniture in certain rooms. But because it’s Sunday, almost all stores are closed and I can’t accomplish much. I’m going crazy with the lack of, well, everything in the kitchen because it […]

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The Beauty of Istanbul

Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Blue Mosque Basilica Cistern Istiklal Caddesi when it’s not busy Shopping on Istiklal Grand Bazaar Spice Market New Mosque across the Bosphorous Galata Tower Random adorable cat # 2,547 French Quarter Çay (Tea) Hope to see you again someday, Turkey!

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Istanbul in one word: AMAZING

Istanbul was the most beautiful, interesting, amazing place I have ever been. I loved the mixture of old and new and east and west. It is very European in some ways, and not so European in other ways. Trying to figure out Turkish was slightly exhausting as it’s not an Indo-European language, but now I […]

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Thoughts on: Trip, Apartment, and Conference

Trip: Of course my trip was amazing. We saw so many places and I took far too many photos. The weather was mostly hot and sunny and we didn’t have any major traveling problems. I feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface of all the wonderful sites France has to offer, and I’m dying […]

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Week Two: La Camargue and Languedoc-Roussillon

La Camargue Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer La Grande Motte Montpellier Nîmes Pont du Gard Carcassonne

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Week One: Milan, Côte d’Azur and Provence

Just a few photos for now… Milan Lake Como Nice Monaco Antibes Cannes Aix-en-Provence Saint-Remy-de-Provence Fontvieille

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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