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Inspiring Life & Travel in France

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French Footsteps

Your go-to resource for Americans Moving AbroaD

As an expat who has spent a decade in France, I am pleased to be your companion as you explore the possibilities of living in this beautiful country.

Visit this site often for new posts and links to resources. Together we’ll navigate the challenges, and celebrate the steps you’ve made towards personally embracing the joie de vivre in France. 

Preparing for the Move

Tips from an American Expat

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Embarking on a New Adventure? Moving to France from the USA?

The Mindset of Moving to France as an American Ready to embark on a new life in France? Moving to France from the USA requires a well-thought-out plan and a flexible mindset. Approaching unforeseen situations with openness and a willingness to learn is crucial. Embracing unexpected detours and finding joy in the little surprises enriches the experience. “Saying goodbye…After two months of exhausting work, after imposing on almost everyone I knew, after eating every Southern

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Moving to France. Just a Dream?

Moving to France. Just a Dream? I’ve met many people during my ten-year journey as an expat in France. These days, I am thinking of those who turned around and went back home. What were their expectations? Were they chasing a dream? What would they have done differently? Was I just “lucky?”   I fell for a fairytale village in France that has become my home. I had no expectations, except I could always return

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Destination: Abroad

Destination: Abroad When I mention that I call France my home, people always have questions. Surprisingly, it’s not about conquering the language barrier or dealing with homesickness; the most common query is, “How did you do it?” With this website, I’m excited to answer those questions and share invaluable travel and expat tips. But that’s not all— I’ll also collaborate with expat friends and professionals who’ll bring you their insights and advice. You’re not alone.

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Best Places For English Speakers To Retire In France

The idea of moving to France is no longer just for the rich and famous. Ordinary people like you and me are making the move, too.  My story of living in France started ten years ago. I became one of the few Americans in Uzès – a small town near Nimes and Avignon in southern France. Uzès was known as “the pretty little medieval town near Pont du Gard.” While my move to France was

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Covering the following topics:
  • Preparing for the Move
  • Navigating the Local Culture
  • Finding a Home Away from Home
  • Exploring Expat Communities
  • Adventures in the New City
  • Delicious Discoveries: Expat Foodie Edition
  • Language Challenges and Triumphs
  • Fitting in and Making Friends
  • & More…

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From experiencing a new lifestyle and culture to navigating French bureaucracy humorously, you’ll find relatable stories to guide you.

Along with these personal narratives, you can be connected with true professionals specializing in the legal aspects of moving to France – visa requirements, healthcare, car insurance, and more.

Covering the following topics:

  • Preparing for the Move
  • Navigating the Local Culture
  • Finding a Home Away from Home
  • Exploring Expat Communities
  • Adventures in the New City
  • Delicious Discoveries: Expat Foodie Edition
  • Language Challenges and Triumphs
  • Fitting in and Making Friends
  • & More…

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