Monthly Archives: August 2015

Ok…so the story isn’t done…

I tried to withdraw my carte vitale application only to be told that it was impossible. So my case is going to a mediator and in the meantime, I’m desperately trying to prevent my bank from releasing funds to pay … Continue reading

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L’Abbaye de la Suave-Majeure

Old churches are beautiful, even, and maybe especially, when in ruins. This Abbey has a remarkable past. It dates to 1079 and became the head of 70 Benedictine priories in France, England, and Spain in the 12th century. Devastated by … Continue reading

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Just to Finish the Story…

I received my approval for French health insurance today after spending $200 to translate documents and submitting two separate dossiers. That’s the good news. The bad news is six months of coverage costs 3,248 euro…about $3,700. No thanks. Back to … Continue reading

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Ice Crusher

I have a margarita recipe which uses unreconstituted limeade, cheap beer, tequila, and ice. So while I’m summer-sitting a blender, I experimented with frozen lime syrup, cheap beer, tequila, tiny ice cubes, and sugar. Not bad. I’ve already stuck some … Continue reading

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Gluten Free

There’s a gluten free craze in the US with huge sections of some supermarkets devoted to all our favorite floury foods made with alternative non-gluten sources. These items are expensive and usually not super-sized so sometimes you eat more than … Continue reading

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The Glass is Half Full?

A recent survey places the French attitude on top of the world at 85% on being pessimistic about the quality of life being better for their children than themselves. (Japan is a distant second place at 72%). It makes sense … Continue reading

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The Prefecture

I have a friend who submitted her dossier for a first year visa renewal in May for a September 15th expiration date (a three month lead time is required). She had not heard one peep from the prefecture, despite providing … Continue reading

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Food Poisoning

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that no matter who or where you are, the combination of being alone and sick really sucks. And for me to even use that word indicates how bad yesterday’s bout … Continue reading

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This Year’s Headaches

My private health insurance expires August 25th so there is some urgency to finding out if I am eligible for the French healthcare system using a carte vitale. My application and documents were reviewed and found lacking. I’ve now hired … Continue reading

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The Uninvitation

Yesterday I arrived at a friend’s home for lunch. She made it clear that it wasn’t an “invitation” to lunch because that would require the formality of courses and proper silverware. While talking, we sipped flutes of champagne and munched … Continue reading

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