About Annie, The Live In France Guide

Sometimes life in France is
"La Merde"!

but sometimes


Hello there, my name is Annie 

I'm a full time blogger and author of

"The live in France guide"- an expat, travel & lifestyle blog.


I'm also your new best friend who happens to live in France!

I write for internationally minded Francophiles, friends and curious travellers interested in learning first hand what its like to live, work and play in France, throughout Europe and beyond. 

You'll find an eclectic mix of anything from worldwide travel destination guides, travel tips and inspiration to personal advice and anecdotes on working, living and playing in France. ( Equal parts weird, wacky and wonderful)

Are you interested in travelling to or living in France?

Born in Thailand, raised in North America between California & Montreal, I've been living in France (as a foreigner) with my husband and 3 children since 2011.

If you do the math, that's 7 years of eating baguettes, guzzling wine, trying to fit in with the locals and of course, battling with the infamous French bureaucracy for the right to live in France.

So I understand a thing or two about what it takes to try and move to France and survive the French way of life. 

We didn't have a cushy corporate job sponsor our move to France and we had no family in France to help us.


From figuring out how to get visas, finding a place to live and enrolling our 3 kids into French schools to learning how to cook simple French food and manoeuvring daily French life and more- we've experienced the gamut when it comes to life in France. I have the scars and jaded French attitude to prove it. 

As a result of our experiences, I've amassed an insane amount of knowledge, resources and information. Although life in France is great, It's not all unicorns and rainbows. I love sharing my knowledge. 

 By the way, I've also lived in Japan so this isn't my first stint living in another culture but that's a whole other story. 

Blake and me a year before moving to France

our first trip to France before we moved to France

I don't claim to have all the answers however, I've figured out a lot of stuff the hard way- mostly through research, trial and error and by cozying up to my unsuspecting French friends. 

In fact, before we even decided to move to France, we were right where you probably are right now. - 

  • 1
    Questioning our cubicle existence and wondering if this was all life had to offer. 
  • 2
    Dreaming of moving abroad- specifically France (I had fond memories of living in Japan and wanted another adventure)
  • 3
    Researching and reading everything I could get my hands on, trying to make sense of it all but drowning in information overload.

I can't tell you how many dead-ends and road blocks we hit or how many times we almost gave up. 

It took a while but we eventfully figured it all out because here we are- living in France - with a few battle scars from all the bureaucratic hoop jumping. 

If you're interested in learning how we ended up in France read our story here!

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