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Alps - À Faire
Looking for something to do in the northern French Alps? Here are two suggestions: Mike Beaudet, aka Megeve Mike, is ready to help with your skiing needs. Should you be beginner or advanced, Mike will make skiing even more enjoyable. More info see - Ski Pros Megeve.
Alps - Chassé-Croisé
After a lack of snow and cold that delayed the opening of some ski resorts in the Alps, nature hit with a vengeance. It happened on the last Chassé-Croisé - crisscrossing of the year. That's when the mix of those coming back and those going on vacation crisscross on French roads. As most all vacation rentals in France go Saturday to Saturday, it means there are a few Samedis noir - Black Saturdays like Saturday December 27th where traffic can be very heavy.
Sales in France
The 2015 winter sales in France (Soldes d'Hiver 2015) start on Wednesday, January 7th and end Tuesday, February 17th. A few departments start earlier. They are Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges (Lorraine region) who start on Friday, January 2nd and end Thursday, February 12th.
Expat Taxes 101
The Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO) is organizing a seminar titled An Introduction to Basic Tax Reporting Requirements for US Citizens Residing Abroad. It takes place in Paris on January 21st, €10 - AARO members and €15 - non members. Rumor is an advanced seminar is in the works. Keep tuned to the AARO web site for more details. In the day and age of FACTA plus FBARs and citizenship based taxation, we expats have no choice: like it or not we must be well informed regarding our tax responsibilities!
Anyone care to join me at the 2015 Band of Brothers Actors Reunion in Normandy? The actors from the popular HBO television series Band of Brothers will mark the 70th anniversary of the war's end in Europe. Several events are scheduled at Normandy in June 2015. This is the second and final reunion of the actors in France. Major events are planned for both Utah and Omaha Beachs. The public is invited to attend and meet the actors, get autographs and take photos. All proceeds raised benefit the mission of the non-profit World War II Foundation. Tickets are going fast, get yours today!
The Exposition Universelle of 1889 is probably the most famous world's fair to be held in Paris. The Exposition gave birth to France's most iconic monument - the Eiffel Tower. But Paris was home to five world's fairs from 1855 to 1900. The Exposition Universelle of 1855 took place on the Jardins des Champs-Élysées, now about the location of the Petit Palais and Grand Palais. The Exposition Universelle of 1867 was the first to take place on the Champs de Mars (now home to the Eiffel Tower). The Eiffel Tower was not the first tower to be built on the Champs de Mars. In 1867 there were two towers built for the fair. They look to be much smaller than the Eiffel Tower, but were impressive for the time. The World's Fair of 1900 saw the building of the Petit Palais and Grand Palais. The fair was 'look where I've been'. Many visitors mailed postcards, (popular and accessible to the masses) to family and friends.
Lafayette is Here! [Kindle Edition]: Visiting many of the sites associated with Lafayettes adventures, John Baxter recounts the little-known story of how a 19-year-old Frenchman, with not a word of English sailed to the aid of Washington and his embattled Continental Army.
Frantastique: Personalized French lessons online! Why not learn French daily with an e-mail, a funstory, and personalized corrections and explanations. The lessons are humorous, practical and include a wide variety of accents. Test the service for free for 7 days: Go for it!
Global Insurance Net: If you are thinking about moving to France you will need health insurance to get your visa. A great company that will help you with this is Global Insurance Net. I found out about Global Insurance Net in 2003 through another expat and have been recommending them ever since with no regrets. Carlos Perez the President, CEO of Global Insurance Net has always been very easy to work with.