A Site For Anyone Interested in Taking a Sabbatical From Life


...Sharing everything I know about moving to France
and surviving the crazy French culture. 


how to move to France and survive French Expat life
  • ​Hi I'm Annie, serial expat from North America, spicy food lover and French sabbatical expert.​
  • I live in France with my husband and 3 children where I work remotely as a digital /inbound marketing specialist for hire. At my other job- this blog which happens to be my passion, I help people like you who want to take a sabbatical from life and do what we did, move to France. 
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What I Write About

Life & Culture

What It's like living in France

Money & Work

How much does it cost to live in France and working in France.

Kids & Family

Will the kids like living in France?

Quirky Stories

Strange or unbelievable things about French culture


Useful tips, resource and how to's


Planning and stuff you need to know or do before you leave.

Oh La La! Read Les Blog Posts

10 Things You Didn't Know About Halloween In France But Should
Despite the anti-sentiment surrounding an American style Halloween and the fact that the concept of Halloween is relatively new to France, it is still celebrated in small pockets throughout France. Here are a few things you should know before hand which might make it more enjoyable.
31 Movie Titles With Weird Or Inappropriate French Translations
In France, rather than translating Hollywood movie titles into French, sometimes film titles are converted to a more understandable "English" movie title. The results are usually OK but there seems to be an over use of certain words, especially the word "SEX". The results can seem weird, funny or inappropriate to English speakers.
Why Don't The French Know The Meaning of RSVP: A French Acronym?
RSVP, it's what you write on an invitation when you want a response from the invited person. But RSVP is a French acronym not an English one so why don't the French use "RSVP" and why do so few French people understand it's meaning? Discover the answer to these questions and learn what you should write on a French invitation instead of the letters RSVP.
10 Reasons We Choose To Travel Europe By Train, Not By Plane!
If you're considering a visit to Europe and you're unsure or on the fence about whether you should travel Europe[...]
Train Travel In Europe: Beginners Guide, Advice And Opinion
If you're curious or plan on travelling across Europe by train and would like to learn more about it before you take the plunge than you should read this multi-part mini series. I'll share everything I learned and give you some super helpful tips and advice.
The French After Dinner Drink Made of Christmas Trees?
The French will drink anything including "Christmas Tree Liqueur"? Yes including that! My thoughts on this interesting after dinner drink. aka digestif


how to move to france step by step guide book

Everything you want and need to know about the French "Long Stay Visa" that let's you live in France for 1 year or more.

  • How to fill out the visa form which allows you to stay in France for one year.
  • What to expect and things they don't tell you but shout at the French consulate
  • How much money you need to have in the bank to qualify
  • What to do if you want to bring your family and kids!
  • How long does the process take?
  • Can you apply in France?
  • Whether or not you can work while you are in France
  • And more.....