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Life in the Loire Valley

What should I do to prepare for expat life in France's Loire Valley? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Sep 16, 2009 - 15 answers

Swiss passport holder trying to do seasonal work in france

Australian holding a swiss passport and looking to do some seasonal work (less than 2 weeks) in france while travelling. [more inside]
posted by Raff on Sep 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Moving to France, No Job, Don't Know French, It's Happening Regardless

Moving to France, No Job, Don't Know French, It's Happening Regardless. How do I find work in the manual labor sector? Can I go over as a "tourist" fall in love with the country and stay without coming back to the States to figure out visas and such? I will be going over there with little money (~$1500) and will need to figure out work fast. [more inside]
posted by jellywerker on Aug 19, 2009 - 129 answers

Le nom nom nom.

Where can we make out with French boys, what foodie things can I not miss in Paris, and what is the Kampa Park of Brussels? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U on Aug 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Wireless data in france?

Is it possible to buy prepaid wireless data in France? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Aug 7, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I get from Paris to Innsbruck?

How do I get from Paris to Innsbruck? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Aug 7, 2009 - 11 answers

What is a polite gift for Americans visiting Parisian couple for dinner?

What is a proper gift to bring a same-sex Parisian couple when invited to dinner? [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Aug 2, 2009 - 14 answers

How would you show a french girl US culture in a nutshell?

I'm looking for interesting things to show my french exchange student. What is unique to the US experience? [more inside]
posted by tfinniga on Jul 28, 2009 - 43 answers

Recommend me some french comics or kids books!

I'm trying to learn French. I'm in France, which is a great start. I find I can just about manage with Tin Tin books so reckon that comics (BDs for the more francophone amongst you) or children's fiction will be a good way to relax whilst getting extra practice. Can you recommend some comics or kids books that are in French and not overly complicated linguistically? (I have tried Asterix, but the puns just fly past my confused brain).
posted by handee on Jul 15, 2009 - 26 answers

La Belle Fontaine

A friend and I are looking at going to boulder in Fontainebleau, France in the early part of August. We don't have a car. What's our best way to get around? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 14, 2009 - 4 answers

less than 24 hours in Paris...

In September I have a one-day layover in Paris (noon on a Saturday until 8am the next morning) on my way back to the US from the Middle East. Looking for suggestions to make the best of less than 24 hours in a city i've never been to! [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Jul 13, 2009 - 17 answers

Fun in Paris?

TypicalTravelFilter: What are the must-sees, tips and tricks, and off-the-beaten paths whilst in Paris for 3 days? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jul 11, 2009 - 15 answers

French visa scientifique while abroad

Can you get a French visa scientifique in France? Or another European country? Will the visa be essential for the carte de sejour? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jul 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Gift suggestions for house of acquaintances?

Invited to spend holiday in France in a gigantic villa with a couple who are only acquaintances and their friends. There will be 15 adults and as many children (age baby to 12). Lodging is gift to all invitees. I can't come empty-handed! What on earth to bring? I thought local chocolate and coffee (Vosges chocolate and intelligentsia coffee from chicago) but friends cringe, as it is FRANCE. anyway, coffee and chocolate is not enough probably. Also thought of the kids but other than age range, i know nothing about them. Please help! I don't think any others are american, but not 100% sure. thank you thank you thank you
posted by dublin on Jul 10, 2009 - 57 answers

Graveside at a Catholic funeral?

Writing a funeral scene. Am familiar only with Jewish funerals. What happens, graveside, at a Catholic funeral? Prayers? How is the casket carried, and covered with dirt? Any specific rituals I should know about? If any knows particularly what happens at a Catholic funeral in France this would be even more helpful.
posted by Wittamer on Jun 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Getting exercise and meeting people - help me to do two things at once!

Help me to think "out of the box" about exercise, and meeting new people. I need to do both (having just moved to a new country) and am interested in ideas that let me get some exercise, and that might let me meet new people. I am in France (in the Alps) so am going to need indoor and outdoor activities, because come wintertime, I'm not sure that cycling or hiking are going to be options. [more inside]
posted by handee on Jun 17, 2009 - 16 answers

What are these S-Shaped decorations?

What are the S-shaped objects (seen here) I saw on houses all over Burgandy, in France? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on Jun 9, 2009 - 13 answers

Why are there so many French internet radio stations?

Why are there so many French internet radio stations? On iTunes, they seem vastly disproportionate. Is there a legal reason, a historical reason, or something else?
posted by Bugbread on Jun 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Cheap, online electrical retailers in france?

I'm in France, and I need to buy a washing machine, and maybe a TV. I am going to need it/them delivered. Can anyone recommend an online retailer? Cheap is good.
posted by handee on Jun 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Where should I go in the south of France?

Can you recommend a great place to stay in the south of France in early september? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Jun 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Emigration advice: What do you wish you'd known?

I'm moving country on Tuesday. For those who've done this before - what do you wish you'd known before you set out? Is there anything I can do now to make it easier? [more inside]
posted by handee on May 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Recent Parisian court records?

Where do I go to obtain certain recent court transcripts in Paris? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on May 11, 2009 - 1 answer

Car Rental in France: The Return of M. Hulot

Car rental in France -- how easy or difficult to get an automatic? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on May 4, 2009 - 15 answers

How do I avoid paying obscene fees to invest in France

I am looking to make long-term low maintenance investments (e.g., index funds) in Euros in a tax-optimal way in France (assurance vie or PEA are what I understand are the real alternatives) but am shocked and appalled at the fees charged by French banks and mutual funds. I'd be quite grateful for any suggestions.
posted by 12trees on Apr 30, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I convert US to euro?

How can I send a check from the US to France in euros? More currency abroad questions inside. [more inside]
posted by gingembre on Apr 24, 2009 - 14 answers

In/Around France at the end of May - help?

I need to be in Lyon the first week of June, just for a day or so. I can take a week or so of vacation at that same time, but I'm having some sort of vacation paralysis deciding specifics. I am willing to consider all sorts of options. [more inside]
posted by KAS on Apr 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Like a French Impressionist version of the LA Riots

ArtFilter: Please help me identify this French impressionist painting, perhaps the most violent I've seen. [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Apr 7, 2009 - 4 answers

24 Hours of Le Mans Tips?

Anyone have advice on attending 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time? Where to be at what times, where to stay, other things to do besides watch the race, any other little tips, etc.
posted by patr1ck on Apr 3, 2009 - 1 answer

Mobile software for the mobile traveller?

What applications/software for your mobile device did you find useful/essential for travelling? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 31, 2009 - 2 answers

why do french eggs taste stronger than american eggs?

It seems to me that French eggs taste much stronger than American eggs. And therefore, any dish with eggs that I prepare in France tastes bad because the strong egg taste overwhelms all the other flavors (this especially ruins sweet dishes). Does anyone have advice on how to get rid of the taste (or better yet, to find eggs in Paris that don't have the strong taste)? [more inside]
posted by helios on Mar 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Need a safe place to stash the cats for a few weeks

Where to board our cats in Paris while traveling in the states? [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Mar 26, 2009 - 1 answer

best way by bike from London to France

Asking for friends: Looking for tips, maps, routes or anything else you've got to help plan a bike trip from London to France [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots on Mar 25, 2009 - 4 answers

OMG I got the job! Now how do I move to France? Where can I go for advice?

I'm starting a job in France in June. I'm English. I'm going to need various stuff (bank account, apartment, insurance, mobile phone, phone, internet, register with a doctor, find some decent French lessons, and heaps of stuff I'm sure to have overlooked right now). Does anyone know any good expat websites or guides to moving to France? Or a forum where I can ask a load of questions? [more inside]
posted by handee on Mar 19, 2009 - 4 answers

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and Lyon singing in the wilderness.

I'm going to Lyon this weekend and will be free from late Saturday evening to about noon on Sunday. I'm into food and photography but am on a super-tight budget, so I'm looking for both some cheap, tasty delights and some particularly pretty little corners of the city. I'm staying in Vieux Lyon, going to a concert in Villeurbanne, and can speak French.
posted by mdonley on Mar 19, 2009 - 4 answers

What is the greatest gift?

What gift should I bring to a 4-year-old half American, half-French girl living in Paris? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Mar 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Best cheese in Paris?

What cheese shops should not be missed in Paris? [more inside]
posted by ransom on Mar 13, 2009 - 7 answers

What to see and do in Midi-Pyrénées

Spending five days in Toulouse France the week of Easter. What should be on my itinerary? [more inside]
posted by levijk on Mar 2, 2009 - 4 answers

Can I get some can can?

Da dum dum dum dum dum dum! Where can I find can can music online or on CD (and readily purchasable) on the internet? [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Feb 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Should a 30-something small mostly-vegan female even attempt WWOOF-ing in France?

Should a 30-something small mostly-vegan female even attempt WWOOF-ing in France? Maybe near a major city? Other ideas for volunteering to meet new people and practice my newly-learned French? Anybody with insight into physical demands of WWOOFing? [rather long, sorry] [more inside]
posted by amtho on Feb 25, 2009 - 14 answers

no, I am not talking about bidets!

Why do public bathrooms in France commonly not have toilet seats on their toilets?
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Feb 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Dropping like birds.

Given the current economic state in Iceland and of the air travel industry in general, how risky is it to be buying cheap tickets on Icelandair a couple months in advance? [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Feb 11, 2009 - 10 answers

The French had great military victories. Let's find them.

I'm tired of the conventional wisdom that the French don't know how to fight, or are cowardly, or always surrender. I'd like to put together (or find) a list of the great French military victories from ancient Gaul through WWII. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Feb 7, 2009 - 44 answers

International Valentine?

How can I send flowers from the US to someone in France? Or, what should I send instead? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Jan 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Fun things to do in Paris in late Jan/Early Feb

We will be in Paris from this Saturday to Monday, help us make the best of it. [more inside]
posted by nfg on Jan 30, 2009 - 9 answers

French mobile phone.

Is it possible to buy an inexpensive mobile phone in France along with a prepaid SIM card?
posted by Neiltupper on Jan 17, 2009 - 5 answers

how do I rent a car?

I need to rent a car (in France). How do I do it and what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jan 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Apartment and tips for Paris move

Hello, Hive, 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 - 9 answers

Poor but picky man needs shoes both sturdy and stylish.

Poor but picky man needs shoes both sturdy and stylish. [more inside]
posted by waltzing astronomers on Dec 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Vichy France...why?

What was the deal with Vichy France? I know pretty well the what, when, where, how and who...but why? When the Nazis conquered other countries, I assume they just absorbed them into the Reich -- but in France's case, they chose to install a puppet government instead. How come? And can we believe Casablanca? Did the Vichy authorities really have enough autonomy to prevent Major Strasser from simply seizing Victor Laszlo and dragging him off to a concentration camp? If so, what kind of puppet government do you call that?
posted by Olden_Bittermann on Dec 2, 2008 - 17 answers

How to live abroad on a whim as a grad student?

How to get started thinking about living abroad (possibly Paris)? And does anyone have any wisdom from doing it while writing a dissertation? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Dec 1, 2008 - 17 answers

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