I'm going to Paris in July and August this summer to take a language course at the Sorbonne
. Yay! However, my original plan to stay at a friend's flat has fallen through, and I'm going to have to search for my own accommodation. I don't know where to start... and my French isn't great. Help! [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield
on Mar 11, 2013 -
Help me settle in Paris. What administrative things should I be doing? What local cultural things should I know about? What shops are equivalent to those at home? What should I know about?
In short: tell me everything you wish you'd known about life in France when you arrived. [more inside]
posted by djgh
on Sep 15, 2010 -
I'm planning on moving to Paris a few months for work and pleasure. As a native Swede and a member of the EU group of states, I guess I'll have an easier time getting a somewhat reasonably priced apartment reasonably close to Cité, Montmartre or what have you (Notre Dame I guess would be the center point everything revolves around). Has the Hive got any good suggestions regarding apartment-finding?
Other tips on good areas to live, areas to avoid, would be great as a general guide. [more inside]
posted by avocade
on Jan 3, 2009 -
What is the best way for me to find an apartment in Lyon, with a kitchen, for 10 months to a year? I'm a Canadian in Toronto with a French Visa good for a year. [more inside]
posted by Evstar
on Jul 23, 2008 -
Where is a good place in a European city for a non-European to buy a small but nice two bedroom apartment for holidays? Looking for a city environment. How much would I need to spend? Are there any regulatory hurdles? Where do I find them? [more inside]
posted by DirtyCreature
on Jan 3, 2008 -
I'd like to show my appreciation to the gardien
of my apartment building. He helped me carry a washing machine up 8 floors some months ago, and he's a real nice guy. However, he's a practicing Muslim, so a bottle of wine won't do. In France, people often give an end-of-year gift for Christmas to the postman, etc. Ramadan is ending soon and the Eid is coming up. He's a fairly young, single guy, and recently he's had back trouble. Any ideas, seasonal or no?
Tips and thank you gifts always feel a bit weird to me. They can feel feudal or mafia-like ("I owe
you"). Maybe I shouldn't give anything and just keep being a friendly, appreciative neighbor.
posted by Turtle
on Nov 10, 2004 -