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LIVING

How to Get Your Way in France in 4 Easy Steps

You may have already noticed that customer service in France isn't quite like customer service in the U.S. In fact, most Americans wouldn't call it "customer service" at all. Especially not in the public service sector. Why? Well, for one thing, the French don't really care if you do business with them. In some situations, […] Continue

WORKING

9 Important Things Your Convention Collective Will Tell You

No matter where you work in France, there's probably a convention collective that applies to your job. And knowing which convention collective applies to you is important, because it will affect almost every aspect of your job until you leave the company. Here are 9 important things that you should know that you can find […] Continue

TRAVEL

Weekend Trips: Verdun Battle Site and Cemetery

If you're interested in European history, you may want to visit Verdun in La Meuse, the site of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War 1 and the impressive cemetery nearby. Only about 3 hours from Paris by train (change from the TGV to the local train in Metz or Meuse), Verdun […] Continue

BUREAUCRACY

France: The Bureaucracy I Love to Hate

I wrote this post in August 2010 for another blog I was working on at the time which is no longer online. I'm republishing it below: My student visa for France expires on July 26, so in order to legally re-enter France in the fall, I needed to go to the préfecture de police to […] Continue

EDUCATION

How do I find a Test Center for the TCF, DELF, or DALF?

If you want to study independently in a French university, you’ll need to provide proof that your level of French is sufficient for being able to succeed as a student. For most universities, this means providing proof that you have at least a B2 level of French on the European Common Language Frameworks, a standardized […] Continue

LEISURE

A Visit to Van Gogh’s House in Auvers-sur-Oise

At the end of his life, Vincent Van Gogh lived in a small hotel in Auvers-sur-Oise, about 45 minutes outside of Paris by train, making it a nice day trip in late spring or early fall. Open to the public from April through October, the Van Gogh house is sparsely furnished (as it would have been […] Continue

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