Regular socializing with fellow Americans is an essential part of expat life and helps getting accustomed to the French way of life and mentality. I have kind and helpful French neighbors and have met other Americans and some lovely Brits who are fun and supportive. This post may contain affliate links. Rural France in particular is popular with people who want to stay a couple of months at a time and visit on the occasional weekend for the rest of the year. One reader, who prefers to remain anonymous given the sensitive subject, regrets trying her hand at wooing local men. Karen thanks for the post! Johan, meanwhile is a translator and he puts subtitles on English, American, and now French, film for release in the Dutch cinema.
Trailing spouses are the name for spouses who follow their significant other when their spouse gets a good job abroad. The transaction went as smooth as glass. If you come across the right people and make an effort to integrate it can become a great place to live. Back to my situation in Paris: Not being able to find good work has made me dependent on my husband. Two months of giving it a try is not enough. Everything is expensive, people are rude and dirty, etc, etc. I love that we live in a small village population 2100 where the community works to support each other.
I also come from an educated middle class, which seemed impossible for them to understand or believe. Life in France may be full of joie de vivre, but it is best to come prepared. I loved Paris but strongly disliked Parisians themselves. . Alone this time, except for the dog I brought along.
Hope you find some friends and start to enjoy the towns and scenery, as that cheered me up quite often. Or at least, it is not customary to ask for one. Living in France Key Expatriate Websites and Resources Reading on the banks of the Seine in Paris. Career wise, relationship and general well-being for me have been at an all time low, but with that said, there is still a lot to love here. A journey that, unbeknownst to me, would alter the rest of my life in the best possible way.
I expected Paris to be a place that I would fall in love with; the architecture, the pastries, the atmosphere and all… But although the landmarks were absolutely breathtaking, the city itself left me very underwhelmed. These are just a few examples of your inconsistency. Called the Silicon Valley of Europe and just a short drive from Cannes, the locale has the French Alps as a backdrop and sees sunny days almost all year long. If the property is cheap, and you like it, buy it before someone else does; there's not too much to lose. It is less than the number in Spain; but it is a different population too. Typically one person is the equivalent of one part, with the exception of the first two children who are counted as half a part.
Then I worked in Hong Kong but when I had had enough of that life I got divorced and moved into our holiday villa in Theoule-sur-Mer in Cannes, where I met an incredible Frenchman and two kids later we moved here to Provence where life is much less superficial and more relaxed. Feel free to raise your glass of wine. Please if you'd like to contribute. On top of being home to some of the best schools and universities in the world, studying in France also has the added benefit of being significantly cheaper than in other educational powerhouses of the world. And while I know some of the issues remain country-wide the bureaucracy! Wow I loved this article!! Hi Philly, I do know the cultural adjustment curve, but we had some ugly practical realities that limited our time in France before the move. I imagine the pollution, rudeness, competition and dirt are worse in Paris compared to where I have lived and do live now.
She is now a freelance food, wine and travel writer who lives most of the year in Provence, France. However, few manage to reconcile joie de vivre with strong economics, innovation and opportunities for the highly skilled in the way France does. Hi Erin, Thanks for your comment. Our InterNations Expat Guide for France aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in France. I felt bad admitting that.
In 2006 they bought a second derelict house in the same hamlet after six years of renovation and hard labour, the house was ready to be rented out as a holiday house. This city is not at all suited to start a family. We ended up here by mistake, however, if I had known that we were moving here a year ago, I would have started French classes. Everything was accomplished in 2 weeks. I never thought about the defense mechanism though — might be a good explanation! However, many of these expats never really fall in love with Paris if it never clicked from the beginning although many head to other French cities and love living in France. I was luckier than a lot of spouses that I was granted the ability to work due to an uncommon visa. Cost of accommodation in France is frequently the most intimidating expense for expats, and can easily swallow between one third and half of their monthly salary if residing in a posh urban centre.
Not an option after all…. There is a lot of comments about Parisians. When I wear a beautiful dress no-one talks to me that day at work. My blog is a personal one about our life here, with comments and opinions on the french way of life, and my dos and don'ts for being a successful expat. Many expats say that it gets better after a year while others say that living in Paris becomes less bothersome over time as you learn how to deal with the bureaucracy. Paris is not harsh or tough per se. The primary factor to consider is the tax residency status of the people involved.