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LIVING

The Real Reason It’s So Hard to Rent an Apartment in Paris

Location saisonnière. That's the reason it's so damn hard to find an affordable rental in Paris. It's also why landlords can double down on the requirement that you have a French guarantor and make at least three times the rent of your apartment, even though it's not a requirement of the law, and is technically […] Continue

WORKING

7 Red Flags that Your Au Pair Job Won’t Go Well

Working as an au pair in France has lots of advantages, but it also comes with the challenge of choosing the right host family and negotiating a fair work contract. In order to get a visa to come to France, you're going to have to establish a set of working hours and identify the services […] 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

3 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Medical Care in France

In France, Sécurité Sociale is a national, government entity that regulates medical costs and covers the cost of healthcare for the vast majority of French residents. In fact, the French constitution ensures healthcare for all, and a 1993 Conseil Constitutionnel (the French equivalent of the Supreme Court) decision indicates that foreigners residing in France are […] Continue

EDUCATION

5 Things You Should Know if You Want to Stay in France for More than One Year

If you're enrolled in a master's program in France, you may want to stay for another year without necessarily knowing what you want to do. If that's the case, you're not alone. It's hard to figure out whether you want to return home after living abroad for a year, or if you want to try […] 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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