Convenience comes to France in the form of Auchan Drive

I often complain about the lack of convenience in France because I really miss services designed to make your life easier, which seem to be available everywhere in the US (except public transportation…)  We have drive-thru windows not only at fast food places, but also at banks and pharmacies. Some stores stay open 24 hours a day so you can do your grocery shopping whenever you want. Customer service actually exists and is usually superior to what I find here.

A lot of services in France are quite ridiculous with the amount of time it takes and the amount of work the consumer has to do. Just trying to get internet connected and it takes weeks and weeks and numerous phone calls to get it done.  Don’t bother trying to call on weekends, or during lunch, or in the evenings, or during vacations when you are not working because no one else is either. And be prepared to pay something like 30 cents a minute to call someone to help you.

But recently I discovered Auchan Drive. Auchan is one of those huge we-sell-everything stores like Carrefour or Walmart. They’ve introduced a new service where you order your groceries online through auchandrive.fr and then you can go pick them up whenever you want (at least 2 hours later).  You simply type in your customer number and someone brings your groceries out to the car for you. No more crowded aisles or waiting in line or bagging groceries yourself!

The best part is, it does not cost extra. It is completely free to use Auchan Drive. But of course, now that we are moving to Chambery, I discover that there is no Auchan in Savoie. Anyone know if Carrefour has something similar? I quite like the idea of never having to set foot in a French grocery store ever again.

Finally! We’re moving to: CHAMBERY!!!

After months of waiting and worrying, we finally know where we will be for the next 3 years. David found out today that he got placed in Chambéry! I am very excited as of course this means we don’t have to live apart next year. Now we can finally start looking for an apartment and […]

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The Punta Cana Post

The Dominican Republic was lovely. We had sun everyday except for the wedding when it rained a little. But as they say in Spanish boda lluviosa, boda dichosa – and in French as well, mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux – a rainy wedding is a happy wedding. So first, let me say ¡Felicidades! and Félicitations ! […]

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Back from the Dominican Republic, and back to work

We have made it back to France safely from my brother’s wedding in the Dominican Republic. I will make a real post soon as I am too exhausted to type right now. It’s back to work tomorrow so I’m off to bed. Palm trees on the beach in Punta Cana

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Off to the Dominican Republic

Bye! Be back Monday night!

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Les Jardins Secrets de Vaulx

About 30 years ago, a couple (Nicole & Alain) decided to buy and renovate an old, dilapidated farm in the countryside of Vaulx, around 20 km from Annecy. This is what it looks like now. Each grandchild even has their own fountain dedicated to them.  Coolest grandparents ever! Les Jardins Secrets is open everyday (even […]

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Sunny Easter Day in Annecy

I even got sunburned a little while reading out in the yard. But first we played with Mélina. I’m not a particularly baby-friendly person (I know virtually nothing about babies except for the fact that I do not want one), but I make an exception for my niece. I only speak to her in English, […]

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How do we feel about Vincennes?

David received the paperwork so that he could put the cities in order of preference, and for the Paris position, it is actually listed as “Vincennes – Institut de la gestion publique et du développement économique.”  I know Vincennes is right outside of Paris and very densely populated, but do you think it’s a place […]

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Which will I hate the least? Bobigny, Cergy, Evry, Versailles or Paris?

There is very little chance that David will be in Chambéry, or even outside of Paris. We got the list of the 17 people admitted to the DGCCRF (along with what departement they are in), and David is number 10. Number 2 on the list lives in Savoie, so he will most likely take Chambery. […]

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Adventures in Driving in France

Luckily I don’t have to drive as much as other people do in France. I only work 3 days a week, 24 weeks a year. I’ve only got three more round-trips to Chambéry before we move and I couldn’t be happier. I will be so relieved to no longer have to shell out 250 € […]

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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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