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How The Residency Process Gets Easier

Keeping It Legal In Your New Home Last week Harry and I successfully renewed our residency permits here in France, and, boy are we relieved to be official again. Our first-year visas expired in January 2020, and we were supposed to go to get them renewed the day Ariadne was due to be born. We…

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Make Your Way Back To School (And Life)

Back To School (And Life) In Paris Springtime in Paris is well acclaimed… but I’d like to make a case for autumn in the City of Light, which, for my money, is just as alluring… perhaps more so. September in Paris is a magical time. To misquote Nora Ephron, “Don’t you love Paris in the…

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Comparing 2 European Lake Towns: Bled And Annecy

Life At The Lake: Annecy Versus Bled It’s so hard to shift back into real life after being in vacation mode. My mind has been continually wandering back to languid days spent lakeside. While we were at Lake Annecy, I realized I’d never really spent time on a lake before. Aside from having seen a dozen…

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Why Annecy, France Is A Lakeside Town For All Seasons

On The Lake In France—I Could Get Used To This… I was away last week on vacation and try as I might to turn off my work brain when I travel for pleasure, I just can’t stop myself from thinking about anyplace I visit in the context of living there… So how does Annecy, France,…

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What I’ve Discovered By Spending This Summer In Paris

Summer In The Time Of COVID-19 We talk so much about travel and going abroad here at Live and Invest Overseas that it’s unusual to find ourselves stuck home all summer. On the upside, I’m discovering some unexpected pleasures of our staycation… Summertime is in full bloom here in Paris, yet it’s been a blissfully…

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Mexican Riviera Maya: Exploring Playa Del Carmen And Tulum

Mexican Standoff: Playa Del Carmen Versus Tulum On Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, there’s about an 80-mile stretch that’s become known as the Riviera Maya. It unfolds roughly from Cancún to the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve, which begins right after you pass through Tulum. This region has been on the map for decades and has evolved in…

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Paris Versus Lisbon: Comparing European Riverfront Cities

Paris Versus Lisbon—It’s A Tough Choice… European borders opened recently, allowing me to do a little more than dream of getting out of France for a bit. Ireland is likely to be our first trip out of the country. It’s an easy enough prospect considering the short flight and the fact that my parents will…

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How To Figure Out The Best Place To Retire Overseas

How In The World Do You Decide Where In The World? Out of this big old world of 195 countries, how in the world do you figure out where in the world to go? If you’re just beginning to think about the idea of going overseas, whether for retirement or otherwise, this is a huge,…

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How To Make New Friends When You Move Overseas

Finding Your Flock Overseas One of the greatest challenges when moving overseas is creating a new social circle from scratch… Your friend group back home was likely built over many years, maybe even decades… numbering a few friends from college, perhaps… some from jobs over the years… a handful you met through parenting… and those…

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The Most Comprehensive Guide To Obtaining A 2nd Passport

It’s Time For A Second Passport One of the biggest annoyances of my life is that my whole family has second passports—EU passports, no less. Despite living overseas most of my life—including significant time in Ireland, France, and Panama—I still hold only my U.S. passport. My stepdad Lief calls this oversight one of his very…