Category Archives: Life in France

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.

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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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Wine Touring in Beaune, Burgundy, Episode 128

Wine Touring in Beaune, Burgundy

The Hospices de Beaune in burgundy
The Hospices de Beaune, photo Annie Sargent

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Beaune is the jewel of Burgundy: quaint and posh, but also the home of people who love wine and the craft of wine and who have been able to keep alive one of the oldest charities anywhere in the world, the Hospices de Beaune. Today we talk to three listeners who have visited Beaune, loved it, and have great tips to share about places that will make you happy to be alive. Warning: drinking the wine doesn’t hurt either!

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Places Mentioned in this Episode: Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-les-Beaune, Chauret-les-Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault


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Getting Caught in a Terror Attack in France, Episode 116S

Getting Caught in a Terror Attack in France, Episode 116 Special

Steve and Sarah taking a selfie during the fireworks in Nice
Steve and Sarah taking a selfie during the fireworks in Nice


Steve Stegman and his daughter Sarah were caught in the terror attack in France that happened in Nice on the night of Bastille Day 2016. Steve is a fan of the show and sent in a question about visiting the south of France that I answered on Episode 91. At the time he wanted  to know about beach attire in France, recommendations on where to visit, rent a car or not. Then, a couple of days after the Bastille Day attack in Nice I was shocked to get a Facebook message from him indicating that he and his daughter were in Nice watching the fireworks and got caught in the mayhem. Thankfully they were not hurt, but 84 people died on that day, and many more were injured. Steve and Sarah tell us what happened and how they are grateful to the people of Nice who stepped in to assist.

Places Mentioned on this Episode: WizEat Service, Avignon, the Festival d’Avignon, les Baux de Provence, Uzes, Pont du Gard, Nice.
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