Sometimes life in France is
"C'EST SI BON"
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, aspiring travellers and expats interested in life with a French twist.
You'll find an eclectic mix of anything from worldwide travel tips, destination guides and inspiration to personal advice and anecdotes on working, living and playing in France. ( Equal parts weird, wacky and wonderful)
Are you interested in France or French culture?
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 over 7 years of eating baguettes, guzzling wine, making new friend & trying to fit in with the locals. And of course, battling the infamous French bureaucracy for the right to stay in France legally.
"We didn't have cushy corporate jobs or a company to sponsor our move to France and we didn't have family or friends in France to help us.
"WE FIGURED IT OUT ON OUR OWN!"
From figuring out which visas to get, finding a place to live and enrolling our 3 kids in French schools to learning how to manoeuvre daily French life and more- we've experienced the gamut when it comes to life in France and I have the battle wounds and jaded French attitude to prove it.
Obviously we figured it all out but It took a while with lots of bureaucratic hoop jumping, budgeting and time. I can't tell you how many dead-ends and road blocks we hit or how many times we almost gave up.
As a result of our experiences, both good and bad, I've amassed an insane amount of knowledge, resources and information about what it takes to move to France and survive life in France. I love sharing that knowledge here on this blog in a way that's honest, genuine and fun.
I don't claim to have all the answers, however, I've figured out a lot of stuff mostly through trial and error and by cozying up to my unsuspecting French friends.
There are so many resources out there that talk about how great France is while deliberately omitting all of the difficult things about life in France or by showing you France only through rose coloured glasses.
The reality is this: France isn't perfect, and your life won't magically be better simply moving to France. Yes France is and has been great for us and it can be for you too but you have to put in the work to appreciate France, it's culture and all the idiosyncrasies of living in another country.
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.