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]
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.
What gift should I bring to a 4-year-old half American, half-French girl living in Paris? [more inside]
What cheese shops should not be missed in Paris? [more inside]
Spending five days in Toulouse France the week of Easter. What should be on my itinerary? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why do public bathrooms in France commonly not have toilet seats on their toilets?
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]
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]
How can I send flowers from the US to someone in France? Or, what should I send instead? [more inside]
We will be in Paris from this Saturday to Monday, help us make the best of it. [more inside]
Is it possible to buy an inexpensive mobile phone in France along with a prepaid SIM card?
I need to rent a car (in France). How do I do it and what do I need to know? [more inside]
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]
Poor but picky man needs shoes both sturdy and stylish. [more inside]
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?
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]
Rail trips across France and Italy. Any recommendations, experiences, sights, travel wisdom for an over 30 couple who like to see the world from their window without too much hassle and in as much comfort as possible? [more inside]
I need an advice on a business proposal I want to do to my mother. [more inside]
What are the differences in production and storage of (chicken) eggs in France versus the United States? [more inside]
I'd appreciate help with some terms from 14-16c (apx) France. The translations don't tell me about the social hierarchy or give any context. Thanks for any help you can give here. Or point me to an English-language explanation. Here goes: guidon, marechal, chevalier, seigneur, ecuyer. licencie en droit, chatellenie. sieur, chambellan, sire, noble homme. Sorry for lack of accents.
Need recommendations for a quality French-English electronic dictionary. [more inside]
Where can I go tonight to watch US election returns in Lyon, France? [more inside]
Is the practice of putting flavored syrup in beer common all over Europe? Also: why? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are moving into an apartment in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. We'd like to be able to stream video and download various things at high speed and we're trying to figure out which service to sign up for. [more inside]
Where can I get a quality medical education for cheap in Europe when dual French and Canadian nationalities? [more inside]
Best options for a expatriate living in Paris who wants an iPhone? Lack of French language experience making it difficult. (French residents/speakers take a look please!) [more inside]
What are some good books in English about French history and culture? [more inside]
I'm looking for underrated, obscure European vacation stops. [more inside]
I'm new to the region and don't know much about the nightlife here. Can anyone recommend good clubs/bars in or around Cannes and Nice?
What is the legality of posting flyers to telephone poles and similar public spaces in Lyon, France, for the purpose of advertising a private, for-profit service such as language tutoring? Or: where online can I find this information? Another in a series of questions about the city. . .
I have just moved to Paris and am not at all familiar with the area. I am in need of a black dress for a wedding that I am in at the end of the month but can't find anything for a reasonable price. If anyone knows of a good place to find nice dress for 200EUR and under I would greatly appreciate the help.
I worked for five and a half months in France and never filed a French tax return. Am I in trouble? [more inside]
Tété-Michel Kpomassie: where is he now? Whatever happened to him? I can't find other books by him after An African in Greenland; I've read he eventually received French citizenship and lives there now - but what does he do? He must have written other books or articles, right? Anyone know?
Dear French Mefites: what do you do with all your pocket change? I'm about to move from Paris to London and I really don't want to leave the roughly 25 Euros in 1, 2 and 5 centime denominations to the next tenants. [more inside]
Extremely long shot horror movie question involving cats and the French subway system. [more inside]
What is the most secure and cost effective way to start moving a small number of things to the US from France? [more inside]
What is the name of that French song from maybe five years back which had an animated music video of a little girl running through the pastures and playing? After a certain time, she stops playing, and she exits what turns out to be a big stage. A line of children are waiting their turn to enter the stage and play. [more inside]
Package shipped from France, really should have been sent by Chronopost, instead was shipped surface mail. How long will it take to arrive in the U.S.? [more inside]
Can I find a secluded get away in the South of France for 1? [more inside]
I plan to drive from Venice, Italy to Valenica, Spain in April or May 2009 using the following route. I will stay for a few days or weeks in little spots along the way. I should have about six weeks in total. I mostly want to see a little of Spain and Italy, the French Riviera, Montpellier, Marseilles and finish at Valencia. Apart from that anything else I should try to see? Any parts of the chosen route I should avoid? What's driving like along that route? Any rental car companies which will let me pick up in Italy and drop off in Spain?
How does a 40ish year old male with enough money find his way around Europe without foreign language skills? Is it possible to hire guides to travel with, or at least to show them around on a city-by-city basis for this sort of thing? I'm thinking specifically France, Spain, Italy. Willing to use University students or some other creative possibility. [more inside]
I'm a French major (a sophomore) at an American university weighing my options for study abroad and I'd like some input, especially about Nantes, France. [more inside]
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]
Where can I eat some good North African food in Paris? [more inside]
I'm looking for a secluded place in France, preferably no more than two hours from Paris by train, where I can read philosophy for two days straight. [more inside]
Studying abroad in high school. Recommendations? Advice? Anecdotes? [more inside]
I'm spending 4 days in Paris. I've never been to France, and I speak no French. This was a spur of the moment plane ticket purchase. But I don't want to be an unnecessarily annoying tourist. [more inside]