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LIVING

My first apartment in Paris, 2008

Warning: Know Your Rights And Responsibilities as a Tenant in France

The first time you rent an apartment in Paris, you might not know what to do. Especially if you're rent an apartment for the first time ever. And that's OK. The laws are different, and you don't know how to protect yourself, and you're already having a rough time finding someone, anyone in Paris who will […] Continue

WORKING

What should be in my work contract for being an au pair in France?

If you're going to be working as an au pair in France, you want to make sure that you have a very clear contract before you leave, to outline the position and your own responsibilities upon starting work in your host family's home. The work contract protects both you and the host family by identifying […] 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

Photo Credit: Subsconsi Productions, via Flickr, Creative Commons License

What to Expect from Your OFII Medical Visit in France

A few months after you arrive in France, you'll get a letter from the Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration, or OFII, making an appointment for you to come in for your OFII medical visit. Once you get this letter, stating the date and time for your medical visit, clear your calendar for that […] Continue

EDUCATION

Photo Credit: Girls studying abroad in Paris, France, Modern Languages @ FLCC, Flickr, Creative Commons License

5 Things to Look For in Your Study Abroad Program in France

If you're going to shell out big bucks for a good study abroad program in France, you want to make sure that your program *is* one of the best before you enroll.

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