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Life as a Londoner west of Paris

L’île de Porquerolles

I’m writing this in the TGV from Marseille to Paris, travelling at a mind-boggling 300km/hr. Someone on the train has just managed to hijack the loudspeaker system and inform passengers that ‘due to a problem with the air conditioning, the buffet bar will be free of charge for the next half an hour’. Continue reading

La Rentrée

The end of August is here, which means that la rentrée is imminent. This term, which literally means ‘the return’, is mainly used to refer to the start of the school or academic year, and features heavily on TV ads from at least mid-August.  But la rentrée isn’t just about school; since a number of people take a whole month’s holiday off in August, so it can also mean going back to work after the long break. Continue reading

How to work as a speech therapist in France – Part 2

After my brief spell as a couch potato, I was fully prepared to get on with the business of hunting for speech therapy placements in the 5 areas I had been allocated (see Part 1). A few weeks before the accident, I’d sent out 6 letters to the 6 nearest places registered to offer placements for the equivalenceContinue reading

20 Books for the rest of 2016

While life has been somewhat on hold, favouring supine activities, I’ve been writing some lists. A recent episode of La Grande Librairie on France 5 asked a handful of authors to come up with books to pack for the summer holidays, which got me thinking about what I should be reading. Then, the other day, I discovered a new blogger called Franglaise Mummy  who set herself the challenge of reading 52 books in a year. I don’t feel the need to take that on, but it made me think that writing a proper list of books to read might get me reading more… Continue reading

English sticks

And so my piece of investigative journalism into the French medical system continues with two visits to the généraliste and one to the pharmacy to stock up on supplies.  This was how the week went: Continue reading

Vital Card

One of my six month objectives was getting my Carte Vitale, which finally arrived this week, 8 months after becoming eligible as an autoentrepreneur. I was amused that after weeks of chasing and a letter in March informing me that ‘les délais peuvent être longs’, when I did receive the form requesting a photo, I had a total of 14 DAYS to respond, or risk forfeiting the card altogether!!

carte_vitale_cnmssAt any rate, what I least expected was needing to make use of it quite so soon… Continue reading

Spring in Saint Cloud

Spring is definitely sprung here: the signs to be seen are all around, from the bank of daffodils bordering the new path round the hippodrome, to the blossom on the Norwegian maple trees outside our 3rd floor windows. I’ve seen some of these things before as a visitor, it’s true – in fact I’ve spent 3 out of the last 4 Easter weekends in Saint Cloud, but I don’t think I was appreciated how beautiful spring is here until my first season as a local. Continue reading

How to work as a speech therapist in France – Part 1

Over 3 months after having sent in my speech therapy dossier for consideration by the examining committee for foreign qualifications, result day finally arrived!

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Thoughts on February

Well, here we are, almost in March, but with an extra day for posting in February, so I thought I’d better make the most of it. Only just back from a trip over the channel to celebrate a friend’s 40th, here are some thoughts on what’s happened to make this month fly by:


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6 months


Well, I’ve now been here half a year, so it seems appropriate to take a moment to look back at all that’s happened over the last six months: Continue reading

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