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Expat Spotlight: Anna's Top 3 Tips for France

Russian born and raised, it`s been 5 years I am living in Paris where I moved to follow my dream: to study and live a few years in the most magic city in the world. After my studies I got an internship that turn out to a full time job. I also work on my new personal project Instagram page paris.with.me and a blog (that will be launched soon), pariswithme.com.

Top 3 Favorite Restaurants in France?

1) Lespeakeasy: Great food, great atmosphere, great music
2) Le chouettes: In Le Marais
3) East Mamma: Italian, no reservation you will probably stay in line for 30 minutes to get in BUT it totally worth it.

Top 3 favorite foods in France?

1) Fromages: All 500 sorts of it
2) Eclaires
3) All sorts of breads

Top 3 tips for new expats in France?

1) Be prepared for a lot (I mean A LOT) of bureaucracy and paper work: From the university subscription forms to a simple sim-card purchase you will have to fill a “dossier” (couple of pages file)
2) If you are coming in France for studies or work make sure to prepare a couple of additional recommendation letters: Ask your teachers and professors, your boss or college to write some words about you. French people give a lot of importance to such documents that will increase your chances to get a place (in university or at work)
3) Learn at least some basic french: The people of your everyday life (bakery, supermarket, waiters in restaurants or people on the information desk in metro) mostly speak only french. It changes a lot nowadays: the staff at the coffeeshops, trendy bookstores and department stores speak good English. But again in order to solve your everyday little problems you will need french

Top 3 tips for travelers in France?

1) Choose the places for dinner in advance: If you wish to eat somewhere nice you probably should book it in advance
2) Be prepared that most of restaurants are closed from 15h to 19h every day. Almost everything is closed on Sundays. So check in advance
3) Paris is a big city, and as in all big cities sometimes people could look (or even act) indifferently or even rude. Do not take it personally, they probably are in a hurry.

Top 3 tips for what to pack for France?

1) A portable charger for your devices: Every time I have this problem of a low battery in the most beautiful places.
2) A scarf: A lot of air flow in transport and generally in Paris. Try not to get sick
3) a comfortable pair of shoes: You will probably walk a lot

Top 3 favorite places in France

1) Paris (of course)
2) Etretat in Normandy: Here you will definitely need a scarf, see above.
3) Biarritz

Top 3 neighborhoods in Paris

1) Le Marais: the most hip area with lot of shops, concept store and coffee shops
2) Pantheon and jardin du Luxembourg
3) Rue Montorgueil

For more tips on France, watch for upcoming posts on the France blog and go to her blog, pariswithme.com.

Interested in contributing? Contact erin {at} insidersabroad {dot} com!

Published February 25th, 2016 by Anna
Posted to Inside Secrets to France

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