Last week was my birthday. Obviously, it was a rather quiet affair - not that I have ever done big parties or extravagent holidays to celebrate, but a nice meal out would have been nice... Unfortunately all bars, restaurants etc have been shut in France since October and look unlikely to reopen any time soon, … Continue reading 2020 – a write-off? No way!
We've been trying to obtain residence permits or titres de séjours ever since we moved to live in France. If you read the first part of this saga, you will know that this wasn't because of any issues with our status but because the system kept changing and anything administrative always takes longer than you'd … Continue reading Residence permit – WARP Factor 2
Warning: If you are a British national - this post recounts the start of our experiences two years ago and does not reflect the current system. See below for information. If you're not British - you don’t need to bother about all this, but you may want to have a read and a good giggle … Continue reading Residence Permit – WARP factor 1
One of the things on our long list of 'things to get organised' when we first moved over permanently was exchanging our driving licences. Now, up until the unholy mess that is Brexit happened, this wasn't even something I needed to worry my head about. The UK was part of the EU, we both had … Continue reading Getting a French Driving Licence – another saga
We really did think we had cracked this whole vehicle import thing. We had sorted the insurance, passed the controle technique, obtained the quitus fiscal and submitted all the necessary paperwork via the ANTS website. Now all we had to do was wait...
Life ambles along in our little corner of rural France, and although I don't usually pay much attention to what is happening in the outside world I had been aware of the outbreak of a new virus, Coronavirus COVID-19, in Wuhan and heard accounts of more reported cases in Europe. But I don't think anyone … Continue reading The new normal
Get involved. Meet people. Find some hobbies and interests. If you move to a new area, wherever that may be, in whatever country, the advice is always the same. If you want to feel at home you have to put some effort into 'doing stuff' and meeting new people. That's how you make friends. Ever … Continue reading Lending a hand
It was only last Tuesday evening. But life has changed dramatically round here since then. Our grandson was spending a week with us over the summer holidays, and according to the unwritten summer holiday rules (for things that HAVE TO BE DONE on holiday), we were playing Uno on the terrace late into the evening … Continue reading Minuit
Getting our vehicles re-registered in France had been a bit like wading through mud. First we needed to get the requisite documentation, then the tax clearance and now we were at the stage of actually submitting our application to import and re-register. All of this is quite time-constrained but the deadlines take no account of … Continue reading Making our cars legal in France – Getting ANTSy
I've been getting better recently at coping with the French bureaucratic system. I no longer sit seething (well not as often anyway) at the fact that everything has to be photocopied, printed out, saved in paper folders - even when the process is all done online. I'm getting used to the fact that so many … Continue reading Making our cars legal in France – the Quitus Fiscale