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.

And in fact, since no one ever wants to go to Paris in these concours, the others will put the cities outside of Paris at the top of their lists. And since there are only 9 cities total outside of Paris (excluding Saint-Denis), David will be the first one assigned to Ile-de-France. What great luck we have.

(I do have to say I’m tempted to put Saint-Denis down because the person who lives there is number 12.  I could be an English assistant again and get paid the same amount that I’m making in Chambery. And there’s so much sun there… I’m not serious, but it is a nice thought to get out of mainland France.)

Honestly, I don’t mind not staying in Chambery because I’ve wanted to leave the Rhone-Alpes region for a while. And I am scared about the cost of living in IDF, but I suppose I’m more saddened about the fact that we have to live apart next year.

The thought of both us living in tiny overpriced studios, separated by a 3 hour TGV ride or 5 hour car ride, makes me want to cry. I cannot and will not give up my job because I like it too much, but next year is going to be hard on me. There’s really no point in me living in Chambery until September, especially since that would mean paying three rents for the months of May and June, but it will be harder to find a place to live then. And if David does have a studio, that would be awful to live together with the cat in 20 meters squared.

Luckily I have many lovely blogger friends in IDF that I will be able to see often when I move there in May 2010. But we need some help putting the IDF cities in order of preference. I know nothing about these cities except which departement they are in. I’d like to be near the countryside or some type of espace vert (if that’s possible), but being close to an airport would be nice too, so I can escape more often.

So if you had to choose among Bobigny, Cergy, Evry, Versailles or Paris, which would you choose?

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  • http://deperles.blogspot.com/ charisse

    I’d choose Versailles or Paris. Versailles because rent probably isn’t at ridiculous as in Paris and it’s not that long of a RER ride to get to Paris either. I’d choose Paris just because there’s always something to do, blah, blah. But rent is just outrageous (which is why I live outside of it!).

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  • http://deperles.blogspot.com charisse

    I’d choose Versailles or Paris. Versailles because rent probably isn’t at ridiculous as in Paris and it’s not that long of a RER ride to get to Paris either. I’d choose Paris just because there’s always something to do, blah, blah. But rent is just outrageous (which is why I live outside of it!).

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  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com/ Betty C.

    If it were financially possible, I’d choose Paris too. It just seems like the suburbs are ‘twixt and ‘tween. I mean this will only be so many years of your life, so why not just go for it?

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  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com Betty C.

    If it were financially possible, I’d choose Paris too. It just seems like the suburbs are ‘twixt and ‘tween. I mean this will only be so many years of your life, so why not just go for it?

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  • http://www.princesseecossaise.com/ princesse ecossaise

    I live in Versailles and I would defo recommend it, it’s beautiful and calm but also has things to do, and everything that you need. Also a train to Paris takes only 15 minutes.

    If I were you I’d go for either Paris if you’re someone who loves to live in the centre of a big bustling city or Versailles if you like to live in a more peaceful town but always in the knowledge that a 15 minute journey will have you in the city centre.

    Good luck!

    princesse ecossaises last blog post..Out of sight, out of mind

  • http://www.princesseecossaise.com princesse ecossaise

    I live in Versailles and I would defo recommend it, it’s beautiful and calm but also has things to do, and everything that you need. Also a train to Paris takes only 15 minutes.

    If I were you I’d go for either Paris if you’re someone who loves to live in the centre of a big bustling city or Versailles if you like to live in a more peaceful town but always in the knowledge that a 15 minute journey will have you in the city centre.

    Good luck!

    princesse ecossaises last blog post..Out of sight, out of mind

  • ksam

    I’d chose Paris (versailles would be my 2nd choice). Living in some of the outer subarbs sucks – you get all the disadvantages of living near Paris (high prices, lots of people, etc) but none of the advantages. You should def ask Crystal about it this weekend, she’s the perfect example.

  • ksam

    I’d chose Paris (versailles would be my 2nd choice). Living in some of the outer subarbs sucks – you get all the disadvantages of living near Paris (high prices, lots of people, etc) but none of the advantages. You should def ask Crystal about it this weekend, she’s the perfect example.

  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com/ L

    Cergy seems really out in the boondocks. I just spent a couple days staying with a friend in Carrières sous Poissy (not to far away from Cergy), and unless you work in Paris, you wouldn’t know you were in IDF. Then again if you’re looking for some green… From the little I know, Evry and that whole south side of Paris is really built up. Bobigny and Versailles are the closest to Paris but I don’t know much about living in either of them. Bobigny is half-way between ghetto St Denis, Clichy-sous-bois, and bobo Vincennes. My vote goes for Versailles and then you try to find someplace to live around Boulogne-Billancourt or Meudon.

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  • http://emilylaparisienne.blogspot.com/ Emily

    Yeah definitely Paris or Versailles. The other towns are dirty and don’t have much (or anything) to do. It’s not like living in some sweet little French town..it’s just the outskirts of Paris (that seem to draw weird people).

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  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com L

    Cergy seems really out in the boondocks. I just spent a couple days staying with a friend in Carrières sous Poissy (not to far away from Cergy), and unless you work in Paris, you wouldn’t know you were in IDF. Then again if you’re looking for some green… From the little I know, Evry and that whole south side of Paris is really built up. Bobigny and Versailles are the closest to Paris but I don’t know much about living in either of them. Bobigny is half-way between ghetto St Denis, Clichy-sous-bois, and bobo Vincennes. My vote goes for Versailles and then you try to find someplace to live around Boulogne-Billancourt or Meudon.

    Ls last blog post..Tv was never so interesting

  • http://emilylaparisienne.blogspot.com/ Emily

    Yeah definitely Paris or Versailles. The other towns are dirty and don’t have much (or anything) to do. It’s not like living in some sweet little French town..it’s just the outskirts of Paris (that seem to draw weird people).

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  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com/ Andromeda

    I would take Paris, for all the reasons listed above.

    Mainly I just wanted to say that living apart is definitely super hard (and even more so after having lived together already, I’m sure), but possible. I know it’s a slightly different situation, me and Ben are a bit closer, two and a half to three hours, but personally it’s been a nice experience to make friends on my own and try out living by myself for possibly the last time ever! And the low hours at the job make visits every weekend easy, though not so cheap, however given the choice between going out at night or a ticket to Metz, ticket wins no contest :-) So good luck whatever ends up happening, think of it as an opportunity for something new rather than a terrible setback, the mental attitude changes everything!!

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  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com Andromeda

    I would take Paris, for all the reasons listed above.

    Mainly I just wanted to say that living apart is definitely super hard (and even more so after having lived together already, I’m sure), but possible. I know it’s a slightly different situation, me and Ben are a bit closer, two and a half to three hours, but personally it’s been a nice experience to make friends on my own and try out living by myself for possibly the last time ever! And the low hours at the job make visits every weekend easy, though not so cheap, however given the choice between going out at night or a ticket to Metz, ticket wins no contest :-) So good luck whatever ends up happening, think of it as an opportunity for something new rather than a terrible setback, the mental attitude changes everything!!

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  • http://davidsswamp.blogspot.com/ David

    Pick Paris…
    Paris suburb are the worst place you can imagine in France.
    -all the bad sides of Paris without the good ones.
    -all the bad sides of smaller towns without the good ones.

    Davids last blog post..Clovis

  • http://davidsswamp.blogspot.com David

    Pick Paris…
    Paris suburb are the worst place you can imagine in France.
    -all the bad sides of Paris without the good ones.
    -all the bad sides of smaller towns without the good ones.

    Davids last blog post..Clovis

  • Kathryn

    I was an assistante in Cergy and I wouldn’t recommend it – it’s one of the cities that was created in the 70s to take pressure off Paris population and traffic-wise and it looks like something created in the 70s – lots of concrete, not much green space. (My experience as an assistante was great, though!)

  • Kathryn

    I was an assistante in Cergy and I wouldn’t recommend it – it’s one of the cities that was created in the 70s to take pressure off Paris population and traffic-wise and it looks like something created in the 70s – lots of concrete, not much green space. (My experience as an assistante was great, though!)

  • carrie

    Hi Jennie,
    I am an assistant in Versailles this year and I love it. There are some wonderful schools in the Versailles area, which could be good for both of you, no? From reading your blog, I don’t get the impression that Paris would suit you – you seem to really value calm, peace and space and I’m afraid the Paris metro would break your spirit. But Versailles can be really beautiful!

  • carrie

    Hi Jennie,
    I am an assistant in Versailles this year and I love it. There are some wonderful schools in the Versailles area, which could be good for both of you, no? From reading your blog, I don’t get the impression that Paris would suit you – you seem to really value calm, peace and space and I’m afraid the Paris metro would break your spirit. But Versailles can be really beautiful!

  • http://www.destinationeurope.com.au/ Andrea

    If I were you I’d choose Paris or Paris or maybe Paris.

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  • http://www.destinationeurope.com.au Andrea

    If I were you I’d choose Paris or Paris or maybe Paris.

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  • Jules

    Coming from a Parisian….
    Paris and Versailles are the pick of the bunch. Between the two, it depends what you want: if you want nice scenary go for Versailles but if you want somewhere a bit more lively go for Paris instead. As said above, you can always take the RER (Line C) from Versailles into Paris, so you wouldn’t be that far from the city anyway. As for the other options….to start with Cergy is new town consisting largely of concrete, Bobigny lacks a bit of atmosphere and has a reputation for being a bit dangerous and Evry is a bit dead. So really the choice is just between Paris and Versailles….with Versailles definately worth checking out…

  • Jules

    Coming from a Parisian….
    Paris and Versailles are the pick of the bunch. Between the two, it depends what you want: if you want nice scenary go for Versailles but if you want somewhere a bit more lively go for Paris instead. As said above, you can always take the RER (Line C) from Versailles into Paris, so you wouldn’t be that far from the city anyway. As for the other options….to start with Cergy is new town consisting largely of concrete, Bobigny lacks a bit of atmosphere and has a reputation for being a bit dangerous and Evry is a bit dead. So really the choice is just between Paris and Versailles….with Versailles definately worth checking out…

  • Bryan

    Evry, ca craint ou pas? Je dois y rester quelques jours. Merci beaucoup.

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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