Bored and Thinkin'

Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:27 PM
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Bored and Thinkin'

I'm thinking, ok, fantasizing, about what it would be to live and work in Paris. You know when you have those great, perfect vacations and you think if you move there it'll be like that all the time. Well, I have no illusions that Paris would be perfect all the time (hello, riots), but heck, there's a patisserie on nearly every street, and a bad day is nothing an apple turnover can't fix...

I think I would really try to do it... if I didn't have cats. I couldn't bear the thought of putting them in quarantine for 6 months.
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:31 PM
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You're not required to put pets in quarantine for six months anymore. The requirements are pretty easy to meet, as I recall.
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:50 PM
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But if you are a US citizen you would have to work out being allowed to stay in the EU for longer than 90 days (in an 180 day period) and obtaining a work permit etc. But don't we all have wonderful dreams brandie when we are bored..thinkin' can be dangerous, lol. But without dreams wouldn't life be dreary! If you really and truly want something get the facts, put yourself in the position to follow your dream and go for it!
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 10:14 PM
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The 6 month quarantine used to apply to the UK (not the rest of Europe as each country has its own rules, always less stringent than the UK as we are rabies free and Europe isn't) but has now been changed to a vaccination and passport scheme.

Cats can easily move to France. Your visa now, that's far more difficult!
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 10:39 PM
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"a bad day is nothing an apple turnover can't fix"

LOL, brandie!. Would it were so....

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Aug 4th, 2006, 06:27 AM
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Reaaaaaallly? Hmm, I'm intrigued...
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Aug 4th, 2006, 07:02 AM
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My DH was bored and started thinking about 8 years ago. B/C of that, we have lived in three different countries in Europe and soon, it will be 4. Dreams don't have to stay that way...
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Aug 4th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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DH worked for a French company here in California. In 1990 they sent him to Paris for some training. They paid for my airfare, the apartment rental and his meals etc.

He loved getting up each morning of those two weeks, catching the bus to the gare and then the train to their facility. He especially loved passing the Louvre pyramid every day.

After lunch and for their breaks they went to a private coffee bar on the premises. This was before Starbucks, so the premise of a special coffee place, was new to him and made the day even more enjoyable. There were several Englishmen in the group, and the class organizer prided himself on having tea an array of teas for them.

I did all sorts of things on my own such as locking myself out of the apartment (no local representative) and spending several hours trying to get a locksmith. I finally found one who would do it. Trying to get a locksmith to make a housecall was like finding a doctor here that does the same thing ;-)

I also went to a Weight Watchers meeting which of course was in French, but was very easy to follow, chocolate is a universal word. I especially loved the weigh-in. Instead of weighing 100+ pounds, I weighed 55 kilograms! I wanted to put that on my driver's license.

We both enjoyed those two weeks so much, even though it was in February and it was a bit chilly and wet. We celebrated out 2nd anniversay on that trip.

Figure out a way to do it and go for it.

Good luck in realizing all of our dreams.

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Aug 4th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Why don't you go to Paris say for two months? Take a leave of absence from your job, leave the cats home, try it out.
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Aug 4th, 2006, 08:42 AM
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great idea, suze!
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Aug 4th, 2006, 08:47 AM
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I dunno, Suze, do you think they'll take Monopoly money over there?

Actually, after Nina's post, I was thinking maybe a few weeks or months might be a good idea...
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Aug 4th, 2006, 09:04 AM
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Brandie- Since you asked the question I assumed you might be seriously thinking of it and had some idea how you could finance it -LOL!

A co-worker did just that... he and his partner rented an apartment and lived in Paris for two months last summer. If you are serious about wanting the experience this would be an excellent way to give it a try, and see if the reality meets your fantasy and expections.

Do you speak French? If not signing up for a language class at home would be another way to work towards this goal.
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Aug 4th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Oui, je parle um peu francais.

Well, I would have to find a job, otherwise I'd end up bored and thinkin', only in Paris instead of Atlanta.
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Aug 4th, 2006, 09:46 AM
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Hmmm... working in Europe is a whole different thing. I'm not trying to burst your bubble but you could look into the legal requirements of getting working papers in France. I'm pretty sure you'll find that working in the U.S. saving money and taking an extended trip is easier than moving and finding permanent employment.
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Aug 4th, 2006, 11:28 AM
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Who knows, my company has an office in Paris, maybe they'd let me file papers for a month or something...
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Aug 4th, 2006, 11:38 AM
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can one retire in paris without having to get a work permit?

that's our fantasy . . .

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Aug 4th, 2006, 12:55 PM
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when you are fantazing...I'm the guy at the table across the cafe, having a cafe creme and croque monsieur
I'm been in that same mindspace for a while. I have an investment account that I contribute to every month, with the goal of either a pied a terre in Paris or a property in the south (Languedoc, Dordogne..) Every once in a while I check real estate listings to see if it makes sense, and try to think about how to buy a place and rent it out when I'm not there. Once I get enough money, I think I'll take the plunge. Just knowing I have place over there, even if I only use it 3 weeks of the year...that would be nice. Back to my creme...
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Aug 4th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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Not trying to burst anyone's bubble, but Paris is much more fun to visit than it is to live.

At least in my experience - I appreciate it so much more since I moved away!!
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Aug 4th, 2006, 01:01 PM
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melissa19- I don't know the dspecifics but there is paperwork necessary to remain in a foreign country longer than a tourist time limit (i.e., 3 months is common) even if you are not working. You'd need to check with the government to find facts about thse rules and regulations.
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Aug 4th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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It can't hurt to ask (at work, that is)
There are loads of American expats in Paris, and in other countries as well. I'm living in Belgium; my husband's company has an office here and he had the chance to come work here for 3 years. In his case, all the paperwork, visas etc were arranged througgh a relocation company and was quite painless. they told him exactly what was needed, who he needed to send it to and when. And often, companies provide pretty sweet expat packages; we get a housing allowance, company car, travel allowance to go back to the states twice a year....grr but no help at all on getting the animals over here.

But like someone else said, we brought 2 cats and 2 dogs over from the states and there was no hassle whatsoever. Kind of scary actually; I got all the right papers, and the only time anyone even looked at the animals was when we checked in; they were all taken out of their kennels to be inspected for drugs, etc. Nobody on either end of the trip even glanced at any of the tons of papers I had.

You only live once! It can't hurt to ask, right? I'm so glad we took this opportunity. Granted we dont get to live in Paris, but we're only an hour away, as well as a couple hours from amsterdam, germany, and the UK; and most of the rest of europe one low-cost airline ride away....

Can't recommend the experience enough!
Has also helped me appreciate certain things about living in the US.

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