Tags: france

Senior couple at the lake having a picnic.

How You Can Plan A Move Overseas In Today’s “New Normal”

What Does 2021 Have In Store For You? I love the feeling that comes once Christmas has run its course… After all the gluttony and indulgence, the natural inclination come January is to swing toward austerity. Most of the world tries to give up some bad habit in the New Year… or to begin some…

Christmas decorations in Alsace, France.

How To Celebrate A Traditional Christmas In France

Got The Stamina For A Traditional French Christmas? Paris has been alit since Nov. 24, give or take a few days depending on the quartier. The city’s Christmas streetlights bring a familiar cheer to strange times. It’s not the same this year as in years past, but there’s a festive feeling in the air despite lockdowns…

Scene with a female walking on the street of Iberic city.

Expats Lessons After Moving Overseas: The Challenges You Will Face

4 Steps To Surviving A Move Overseas—Part II Last week, I began telling you about the four biggest things I’ve learned through my international moves. We covered what you should take and what stays behind… as well as how to adjust to your new environment. (If you missed that first installment, you can catch up…

Woman enjoying beautiful panoramic view of Paris with cup of coffee.

The Truth About Moving Abroad And What It Really Means

4 Steps To Surviving A Move Overseas—Part I I gave a presentation for our recent Live and Invest in Europe Virtual Conference; it was my first ever “expat talk,” as we call them. I’d heard plenty of them over the years, but this was the first time I did one myself. My expat story started…

Dad with hands up holding two passports and daughter. Second residency concept.

Why We’ll Do Whatever It Takes To Obtain A Second Residency

The Quest For Our Family’s Backup Residency Continues Talking about second passports and backup residencies is such a niche topic… I’m not used to people being familiar with these concepts when I meet them. If ever I mention that aspect of our business in conversation, I’m used to being met with blank, questioning stares. Since…

World flags

The Importance Of Obtaining A Backup Residency

Lessons Learned Standing In Line With 600 Other Desperate Folks… It’s 8 a.m. It’s cold and windy, with flecks of rain pelting down in angry bursts. I’m glad I grabbed that extra layer before heading out. I look at the line that snakes around the huge plaza I’m standing on. Nope, not mine. One small…

Tour Eiffel aerial view, Paris, France.

Returning To My Childhood Neighborhood In Paris

I Swore I’d Never Live In This Part Of Paris Again… I’m never shy when it comes to singing the praises of my adopted home and favorite city: Paris. But I’ve had Paris on the brain even more than usual over the last few weeks… I presented a couple talks on France and Paris at…

Traveling family looking on Bled Lake, Slovenia, Europe

The Top 10 Greatest Advantages Of Living In Europe

Top 10 Reasons I Moved To Europe Heart versus head. When it comes to choosing where to live overseas, both have to play an important part. I’ve talked a lot over the last few weeks about the head side of things… thinking about environment, climate, infrastructure, etc. But the more abstract side of things is…

algarve cliffs portugal

Retire To The Algarve For A Stable Climate Year-Round

Going Where The Weather Suits Your Clothes… As much of the world settles into a winter chill this month, fireplaces crackle and mugs of warm drinks steam… Personally, I’m enjoying my first autumn in eight years. Life in Panama, ever-hot and humid, didn’t allow for many of my favorite things in life—the smell of leaves…

waiting in line at the eu. Avoid the lines with a second residency or citizenship

All The Info You Need For A Second Residency Or Citizenship

The Trials And Tribulations Of (Trying) To Plan Your Plan B When my husband and I moved to Paris, the only real motivating factor was that we wanted to live in the city. I’d wanted to move back since I left at 18, and Harry was looking forward to a change of pace from Panama,…