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LIVING

6 Tips for Receiving Gifts in France (Without Paying Customs Fees)

Around the holidays, I always see lots of posts in various Facebook groups for expats. “Help! My parents sent me Christmas presents and FedEx wants me to pay €100 in taxes on the package!” Unfortunately, the French border control has begun cracking down on imports of goods from outside the European Union, and not everyone […] Continue

WORKING

A Quick Guide to Reading Your French Payslip

If you're working for a French company, you might be surprised when you get your first French payslip and notice the huge difference between the "brut salaire" you were quoted by your employer and the "net à payer" that shows up in your bank account. Here's a guide to deciphering your French payslip and all […] 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

4 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Your Doctor’s Visit in France

If you're a student in a French university or working in France, you're automatically enrolled in the French national social security system, and you have health care coverage. Congratulations! Going to the doctor in France is not an expensive undertaking like it can be in the U.S., and while you may have to pay a […] Continue

EDUCATION

8 Schools in France Eligible for Federal Financial Aid

Not too long ago, I talked about how to use the federal application for student aid (FAFSA) to study independently in France because it can more cost effective than study abroad with an American program. As it turns, out, there are 4 universities and 4 business schools in France that are eligible for federal financial […] 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