Paris Quotes (France, La Seine …)

Paris Quotes (France, La Seine too) To be Parisian is not to have been born in Paris, but to be reborn there. — Sacha Guitry ... here's what Paris is: it is a giant reference work, a city which you can consult like an encyclopaedia: whatever page you open gives you a complete list of information that is richer than that offered by any other city. Take the shops... in Paris there are cheese shops where hundreds of cheeses, all of them different, are displayed, each labelled with its own name, cheeses covered in ash, cheeses covered in walnuts: a kind of museum or Louvre of cheese... Above all this is a triumph of the spirit of classification and nomenclature. So if tomorrow I start writing about cheese, I can go out and consult Paris like an enormous cheese encyclopaedia. -- Italo Calvino in Hermit in Paris Two days and three endless nights later we arrived in Paris... Paris looked much bigger than Bordeaux, but much uglier. The bread tasted flat. Everything, even the sun, seem…
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Rental Lease and contract in France

Recent news: The City of Paris is constantly trying to better or at least adjust the rental system. In an attempt to make Paris less expensive to live in they are now reinstating rent ceilings for a 5 year test period for all new or renewed leases signed as of July 1st, 2019. You can find out the average price of rent in an area given in price per month per square meter based on the address, size and age of the building which you put into the rent calculator (in French).

Also recently created is also a new type of lease called the Bail Mobilité. This rental lease applies only to furnished rentals that are a maximum of 10 months. There is no security deposit and rents must be within the regular ceilings. The lease must state why this type of lease is needed. If the rental goes past ten months, it becomes a normal furnished apartment lease renewable annually.

Once you have found your apartment in France it is time to sign the lease. Below yo…

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Expat memoirs

Thinking of moving to France or just want a laugh? Expat memoirs are good for both. Learn from those who have gone before you and have lived through the trials and jubilations of expat life in France. You can learn from their mistakes and enjoy their anecdotes "right from the horse's mouth". Or just commiserate! There are a lot of  English-speaking expats living in France, and many have written memoirs. Doing this is easier than ever now with self-publishing options. The currently trending expat memoir has been around for a long time though beginning it's upward climb as a genre with the still wonderful A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle published in 1989. French License by Joe Start Another book about adapting to life in France, but this time from the perspective of the Paris suburbs and through the trial of getting a driver's license. In fact the whole book is one long road trip. We are so relieved when after 262 pages, 10 years or mille bornes Joe finally gets his French li…
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John Vanden Bos de FUSAC, le Boulonnais du mois!

John Vanden Bos de FUSAC, le Boulonnais du mois! (Paru dans Boulogne Magazine mars-avril 2018) John Vanden Bos, l'éditeur qui rendait service au Tout-Paris anglophone Qui ne se souvient pas de FUSAC? Dans les années 90 et 2000, ce magazine de petites annonces était disponible un peu partout dans la capitale, comme feu Paris Paname. La particularité de FUSAC, c'est qu'il s'adressait à tous les anglophones de la capitale, principalement des expats et des étudiants, mais aussi à des francophone désireux d'améliorer leur maîtrise de la langue de Shakespeare. Aujourd'hui, FUSAC n'existe plus qu'en ligne. Son papa étant voisin, nous l' avons rencontré. Retour sur une formidable aventure et les nombreux défis qu'a dû affronte John Vanden Bos, le Boulonnais du mois. John Vanden Bos, vous êtes le Boulonnais (d'adoption, nos lecteurs l'auront compris) qui a fondé FUSAC, le magazine des petites annonces pour anglophones de Paris et sa région. Les habitants de notre ville ne vous conna…
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FUSAC Interview by Janet Skeslien Charles

Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa interviews FUSAC on her blog. When you come to Paris and you want a job, an apartment, or a date, the best place to look is FUSAC, which is available in print and online. After living in Paris for over ten years (and no longer in need of a job, apartment or date), I still pick up FUSAC every month to check out the gorgeous photos and book reviews. Today, I feel very lucky to interview Lisa Vanden Bos, one of the founders of the magazine. Like me, she spends time in Paris and Montana. Here, we talk about the challenges and rewards of working in France. What brought you to Paris? What keeps you here? I came for love… my not-yet-husband John had set up here, he was starting a business on a wing and a prayer or more literally a bicycle and friend’s computer, an idea he named FUSAC (France-USA Contacts originally). I stay because Paris is where we have our livelihood. In January 2012 FUSAC is celebrating 500 issues and 25 year…
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Free FUSAC Annual Guide

FUSAC annual guide 2016-2017 In the just published FUSAC annual guide to English-speaking Paris you’ll find: English-speaking resources and contacts Jobs and Housing English-speaking businesses Language schools and teachers Thoroughly researched practical information and tips Book, exhibition and music suggestions The Speak Easy & Becoming French books FUSAC Selections: Personal favorites How to get to know Paris and meet new people Kids in Paris Get your copy now at the American Church or Cathedral, Breakfast in America, the Real McCoy and other fine anglo establishments, schools, shops... it's FREE! But remember this is an ANNUAL guide, so all the pertinent up-to-date information you need is still here on the website! You can also click on the cover below to see the full PDF version of our guide! 
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Location d’appartement avec Absolutely Parisian

Location d'appartement avec Absolutely Parisian

Depuis quelques mois la loi Alur a tout simplement métamorphosé le marché de l'immobilier. Bien difficile pour les propriétaires aujourd'hui de louer sereinement son bien.

Ces nouvelles mesures touchent aussi bien la location vide que meublée.

Ainsi, Absolutely Parisian devient un partenaire de premier ordre pour y faire face et vous aider avec votre location d'appartement. Absolutely Parisian, agence à taille humaine, composée d’une équipe dynamique et disponible saura répondre à vos interrogations et vos inquiétudes. La clientèle de l’agence est composée essentiellement de sociétés et clients Premium pour loger des cadres expatriés ou en mobilité géographique.

Face aux changements liés à la loi Alur, en particulier honoraires d'agence et en…

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Smoke detector countdown

We have had a smoke detector in our suburban Paris home for many years – it seems “normal” to me, but I realized how unusual its actually was when my housekeeper reported a mouse sound coming from the landing one day while we were on a trip. Thinking that we probably didn't have mice, but not wanting this sound to go without investigation I asked a neighbor to stop by. They couldn't figure it out. The next week my housekeeper saw nothing new and yet heard the peep again. I was quite perplexed, but since there were no other signs I did not pursue the matter. Upon arriving at home and going upstairs I immediately heard the beep of the the smoke detector reminding us to change an expiring battery. A few mintues later I burst out laughing as I realized that the smoke detector was the mouse. The incident made me realize that smoke detectors were not very common. In fact, in France only two percent of homes are fitted with detectors as opposed to 97 percent in Norway and 88 percen…
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