How to open a French bank account as an American

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

how to open a French bank account as an American

After moving to France, one of the first things you’ll want to do is open a French bank account. You’ll need a French bank account to pay your bills, to easily withdraw cash, and to get paid by your employer, for starters. Sometimes simply opening an account can seem like a catch-22 with all the requirements: you need proof of address to open your account, but to get an apartment, you need a bank account. And that’s just the beginning. If you’re interested in how to open a French bank account as an American, you’ll want to continue reading. Is it as much of a headache as it seems?

Read on for my experience and tips!

Let me impress you with my holiday soup (just kidding)

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

Let me impress you with my holiday soup in France

No one wants to embarrass themselves at a multicultural Christmas dinner (or ever)…. but if you’re not careful, that’s exactly what you might do. Let me take you back in time to Christmas 2013 when my parents joined Tom and me, along with his parents, for a fun week up in the Brittany region of France. My dad enjoys cooking and wanted to make one of his traditional Christmas specialties from the US to impress my French in-laws. Except if Tom hadn’t stopped him, his star dish in the US would have left my French in-laws scratching their heads and the exact opposite of impressed.

Luckily, I went over the menu with Tom beforehand and we made the necessary changes before we even went shopping for the ingredients. We had a lovely lobster bisque instead.

What was the soup my dad was going to make and why is it a faux pas? Here’s the quick story for you.

Read on!

Gourmet food map of France

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

Gourmet food map of France

Have you ever fallen in love with a place because of its food? Maybe it was a special restaurant that had you falling head over heels for a particular city or just the overall food scene. Food can make or break one’s experience. In France, the general food culture and quality have charmed me. You can get fresh, crusty baguettes anywhere in the country along with cheap Brie and wine to go with it. When it comes to specific regions, there’s a whole world of food to be discovered.

Is any one region of France a food paradise for you?

Come take a closer look via a fun interactive food map…

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