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Seeing Doctors in France, Episode 133

Seeing Doctors in France, How Does It Work?


SAMU ambulance in France, doctors in FranceNobody wants to get sick on vacation, and folks who visit France certainly don’t want to be in an accident, but if it happens, you’ll find out first-hand what it’s like seeing doctors in France. I suggest you get acquainted with the way medicine works in France just in case. A lot of things are going to surprise you!

If you like this episode, you should also listen to Episode 131`

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

Episode Highlights

  • What happens if you’re in an accident in France?
  • What if you’re unwell, but it’s not urgent?
  • How to find a doctor in France
  • 13 things you need to know about the French health care system
  • In France the insurance is socialized, doctors are in private practice
  • French doctors still make house calls
  • Answering service
  • You can choose any doctor you like
  • Most French doctors do not have staff
  • How the Carte Vitale works
  • How much will you pay?
  • French doctor’s office are plain-looking
  • French hospitals are plain-looking
  • Public hospitals vs. Clinics in France
  • Doctors who teach at medical schools
  • 50% of doctors in France are women
  • Medical tourism is not common in France

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At the Paris Christmas Market, Episode 132

The Paris Christmas Market on the Champs Elysées

At the Paris Christmas Market

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Christmas markets have become a staple of French life, and some of them have become extremely well-known. Annie takes you along on her stroll of one such popular Christmas Market, on Champs Elysées in Paris, on a chilly Sunday night in December. As you will hear in the recording, the atmosphere is festive and visitors are enthralled by the food offerings!


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Moving to France, Episode 131

Moving to France


Moving to France Mike and husband

Annie and guest Mike August discuss their experiences moving to France and some of the complexities involved in that endeavor. We’re not immigration lawyers or relocation specialists, we’re just two people who went through the experience and want to discuss some of the gotchas you may encounter in your own road towards a move to France.

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

Episode Highlights

  • Here are some things you need to consider if you’re thinking about moving to France
    • Is your French good enough?
    • You will need mountains of paperwork
    • Hurdles even if your French is great
  • Types of Visas You Can Apply for to Move to France
    • Long-stay tourist visa
    • Student visa
    • Work visa
    • Talents and abilities visa
  • France Has a High Unemployment Rate
    • CDI work contract
    • CDD work contract
    • Retirees
  • Work Culture in France
  • Work-Life Balance in France
  • Health Insurance in France
  • Health Care Is Inexpensive in France
  • Advice on the Logistics of Moving to France
  • Bringing Pets to France
  • Conclusion

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Romantic Paris, Episode 130

Romantic Paris with Gary and Leslie


Romantic Paris, Gary and Leslie

Paris is the city of romance, the place where budding romance blossoms, and where older couples go to renew their vows. I am not sure if this is as a result of the gorgeous architecture, the sounds of the French language, the emphasis that French culture puts on the importance of romance in one’s life, the fact is, Paris is the romance capital of the world.

On today’s episode, Annie shares her tips for enjoying Romantic Paris, and Gary Turco tells us about his recent honeymoon in Paris and the things he and his wife Leslie enjoyed about their honeymoon in Paris.

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Hotels Recommended in this Episode:  InterContinental Paris Le Grand

Episode Highlights
  • Annie’s Tips for Romantic Paris
    • Tell your hotel
    • Take a stroll along the Seine river
    • Go see the Eiffel Tower sparkle
    • Do a Paris by night tour
    • After dark visit to the Louvre
    • Go out to a wine bar
    • Go out to a gourmet meal
    • Enjoy the simple pleasures
    • It’s OK to sit on a bench and kiss!
    • Go up to see the great views overlooking the city
    • You’re in Paris, do what YOU want!
  • Set Priorities for your Romantic Paris Vacation
  • Leslie and Gary’s Choices
  • Dinner at the Jules Vernes in Paris
  • Highlights of the Louvre + Les Caves du Louvre Tour
  • See Louvre Masterpieces in a Flash!
  • Seine River Boat Ride
  • Versailles Tour
  • Montmartre Walk
  • Hiring a Photographer in Paris
  • The Bar Where the Bloody Mary Was Invented
  • Romantic Paris Cafés

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Opéra Garnier in Paris, Episode 127

Opéra Garnier

Opéra Garnier
Opera Garnier, Paris 9th arrondissement, photo Annie Sargent

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The Opéra Garnier, aka Palais Garnier, made such an impression on me as a first-time visitor that I cannot say what I liked best about it: the grand facade? The grand staircase? The Chagall ceiling?  The grand foyer? I admit, I can’t decide, it was all overwhelming and so beautiful! We probably barely scratch the surface all of the things that can be said about the Opera Garnier this episode, but I hope we convince you to go in next time and enjoy its grandeur. The interview starts at 5’44”.

Related Episode: From Ballet to Cabaret, Episode 53

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The Saint Vincent Tournante Burgundy Wines Festival, Episode 98

Wine Festival in Burgundy photo Gautier Barbe
Photo Gautier Barbe


Burgundy Wines

Each late January in Burgundy you can enjoy the Saint Vincent Tournante Burgundy Wines Festival. It is a combination of religious and secular traditions in celebration of Burgundy wines and the Saint Patron of wine. The statue of Saint Vincent goes around from village to village and the honor of hosting the statue is given to a different family each year. This year the celebrations are centered around the village of Irancy in the Auxerroi, about two hours drive south-west of Paris.  Kelly Kamborian tells us how to best enjoy the festival as a visitor.

Places Mentioned on this Episode: Irancy, Nuits Saint Georges, Château de Clos de Vougeot, Beaune, Mersault.


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