Moon Living Abroad in France

Second Edition, December 2011
Pages: 368

Price: $19.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598809725

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598809732

Journalist Aurelia d’Andrea knows what it takes to make the move to France—she’s done it twice. In Moon Living Abroad in France, she uses her know-how to provide insight and firsthand advice on navigating the language and culture of this enchanting European country, outlining all the information you need to manage your move abroad in a smart, organized, and straightforward manner. Moon Living Abroad in France is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care. With color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps to help you find your bearings, Moon Living Abroad in France makes the transition process easy for businesspeople, adventurers, students, teachers, professionals, families, couples, and retirees looking to relocate.

What’s inside Moon Living Abroad in France

Here’s what author Aurelia d’Andrea loves about France:
  • Mastering the myriad meanings of the beloved expression “oh la la.”
  • Watching strangers helping strangers lug suitcases, poussettes (baby strollers), and grocery bags up and down those seemingly endless Métro stairs.
  • The way kids — from toddlers to teens — greet you with a bisou (kiss) on each cheek when meeting you for the first time (and each time thereafter).
  • Those silly ceramic garden gnomes peering out from window displays at the pharmacy, hardware store, and neighborhood bookseller.
  • The outdoor produce market in autumn, when summer’s ripe peaches and cherries give way to earthy mushrooms, fresh hazelnuts, and crisp Normandy apples.
  • Brocantes (secondhand sales), marchés aux puces (flea markets), and vide-greniers (rummage sales), where scoring secondhand treasures is a popular yet casual weekend sport.
  • The perfectly quaffable €2 glass of Côtes du Rhône available at any French café.
  • Leaving gray and rainy Paris on the morning TGV and arriving in warm, sunny Nice just in time for a prix fixe lunch at a bustling outdoor-terrace café.
  • The way my neighborhood boulanger reaches for the tradition graine baguette as soon as I walk in the door.
  • Buying hot chestnuts and mulled wine from street vendors at Christmastime.
  • The unabashed topless septuagenarians sunbathing at the public swimming pool.
  • Salivating over the schoolchildren’s lunch menu posted outside every école élémentaire.
  • The fact that chocolate — in the form of tartine spread, cereal, a stuffed croissant, or a hot drink — is an entirely acceptable way to start the day.

Excerpted from the Second Edition of Moon Living Abroad in France.

Freelance journalist Aurelia d’Andrea’s love affair with Paris was first launched by her high school French class, but it really took flight in 2004 when she spent a year in the City of Light, fueled by a steady diet of baguettes, Bordeaux, and cobblestone promenades. Five years later, she packed up her San Francisco apartment for a second time and schlepped her husband, dog, and seven bicycles back to the French capital.

With two moves under her belt, Aurelia no longer dreads the dossier or fears a visit to the préfecture. Instead, she’s learned to embrace the paper trail and accept her perpetually deficient French grammar, which the dogs she walks don’t seem to notice. While scooping poop wasn’t exactly the glamorous Parisian career she initially had in mind, this former magazine editor is happy to work as a professional promeneur de chiens by day and would-be novelist by night—especially since bread, wine, and urban exploration still dominate her daily to-do list.