OK - the issue about photography is noted. (And still somewhat up for grabs.) Let's move on here.
Lol. As it happens, a few days in France and the bite from the cold has left my wife looking to stay here in Spain. So much for academic analyses. Sorry I can’t be of help.How easy was it to sign onto the French healthcare system? How is it working for you? What are the pros and cons? Would you ever want to get healthcare services back in the USA or in another country?
and if anyone nowadays tried to point that out, they would be accused of indulging in a form of critical race theory even though it's simply a fact that has been buried and is not emphasized in history classes.I honestly don't think that the critical role that France played in the American revolution (and consequently the role the American revolution played in helping the French revolution get going) is very prominent in the thinking of most US citizens. We've far too much of an American exceptionalist worldview to really acknowledge the fact that, had it not been for France's direct military and economic intervention, independence would not have been gained like it was. That and the woeful state of the US educational system in educating its citizens about its own history.
Does that mean that on a public sidewalk or market a person has en expectation of privacy requiring a snapper to ask? It would seem very difficult to enforce.Just avoid taking pictures of people when you're in France, as French law now insists that you ask permission first, unless that person is in a situation (e.g. an anti-vax demonstration) that they should reasonably expect to be photographed.
But good old fashioned street photography?
If Cartier-Bresson were alive today he wouldn't be able to take most of the pictures that he was famous for taking.
Thanks, Bev, for that important link. Clarifying, to say the least.It depends entirely on what your situation is when you get to France. For a long stay visa for France you must show health insurance cover for your first year (unless you have a job lined up where you'll be enrolled in the French social insurances through your employer).
If you come to live in France it is not a choice. Special Note for Residents in France
It takes a little getting used to, but once you learn how things work, it beats anything available back in the States.
And if you're retired in France from the US and receiving US SS benefits, you are covered by Part A of Medicare and can be covered by Part B if you're willing to pay for it (although why you would, given that you'd have to fly back to the States to receive treatment under Medicare). Being part of the French system means that you are eligible for an EHIC card for any travel you do within the EU - good for "necessary" health care (like accidents or emergencies) in other EU countries.
But over here, you usually have to enroll in the health plan based on which country you are resident in.
Oh let me clarify what I meant by that statement in quotes above.Have to chuckle at your comment about "You can travel in the US for days and little has changed." It really does depend on how long you have been gone and how and when you return - but my first foray overseas was for only 11 months when I went to live in the UK. Plenty had changed just in my part of California by the time I got back - it just depends on what you have reason to notice (or not). But I hear similar comments on how much things have changed from Italian friends who regularly return to Italy for vacations or to see friends and family there.
This one cuts both ways. There are cures and treatments available in the US (granted, for big bucks) that aren't available here in France, too. Approval for new medications is predicated on a cost/benefit analysis: Does the price differential between the new drug and the currently available treatment reflect the additional benefits of the new drug? And there is always the issue of the "medical deserts" which limit availability of treatment for those who are unable or unwilling to travel great distances for care or treatment.It takes years for advanced medical treatments and equipment developed in Europe to get approved by US FDA. Therefore many advanced treatments are not covered by health insurance, but are only available in US privately as "experimental" and are extremely expensive
Yeah, this has been a problem here for a LONG time. Hey, there have to be a few disadvantages to living in Paradise, right? <ggg>The French bureaucracy is a far bigger challenge than we expected. It turns out to be easier to buy a home in France than to get Orange.fr to give us a mobile phone subscription.
Don't forget, though, that French salaries are generally much lower than in the US, so relatively smaller rises in prices can affect folks at the bottom of the scale pretty seriously. Take a look at the current rises in fuel prices (heating and vehicle). The government here does have more ability to step in to freeze prices or provide modest subsidies without all the partisan wrangling you get in the US. But folks at the lower income levels are having problems at the moment here in France.As I’ve learned the costs of living in France, I’m just shocked at how cheap it is (the loveliest, flakiest croissant is only 1 euro!). Health care for sure, but other insurance is dirt cheap (car, home) compared to USA. If you’re retired, you have great tax treatment as a USA citizen with funds in USA. Right now, if inflation is exploding in USA but not in France,
LOL, indeed - that was one of my early concerns on coming to live here. But depending on where you live, the answer to that is usually composting! Some towns actually collect compostable waste for a town-wide or regional compost effort.As silly as it sounds, right now one thing I miss most is a garbage disposal!
As a vegetarian, (so long as you have a garden), I use that wonderful garbage disposal method, the compost heap. I feed myself, it feeds my garden 😁Oh let me clarify what I meant by that statement in quotes above.
I meant that Americans can travel for days in their own country (by car) and they are still in their own homeland, with their language, their chain stores and restaurants, their currency, their culture...granted going from, say Vermont to Mississippi might warrant some interesting changes but it is NOT like the European who travels a few days by car and is exposed to multiple languages, cultures, food, (and back in "my day" currency - kinda miss that). I think the mere exposure of these differences gives many Europeans less anxiety about going outside their comfort zone, even if it's just for a vacation.
As someone else said above somewhere, that kids being exposed to international travel are more likely to be open-minded as adults, that kind of says what I'm saying. Most American kids are not exposed to this while MANY European kids are.
I think it takes a certain personality to make long term adjustments and the older we start, the harder it is.
As silly as it sounds, right now one thing I miss most is a garbage disposal! LOL!! Sounds so trite but as someone who eats mostly a plant-based diet (another issue that makes my being here long term a tad challenging) and spends a great deal of time in the kitchen doing food prep, I am sorely aware of how inconvenient it is for my "food lifestyle" to live without one (even my husband is finding it annoying). First World Probs. 😅
Ah, yes, I do not have a garden or compost option and it is cumbersome to collect all scraps, peelings, seeds, trimmings, etc constantly during food prep and then just to dump them in a plastic bag and make sure they don't go in the sink. Slows me down so much!As a vegetarian, (so long as you have a garden), I use that wonderful garbage disposal method, the compost heap. I feed myself, it feeds my garden 😁
I think there are just some people who have that adventurous spirit in their DNA. I'm one of 8 siblings and I'm astounded at how different we all are despite having the same upbringing. We were not wealthy enough to travel either, but did spend a week or two in the summers traveling to Quebec from WNY to visit family. But that was it save for one trip to New Jersey. My sister and parents have lived in WNY (6 hours from NYC) for almost 60 years and NEVER been to NYC. No interest. Three sisters and one brother have never been out of the country (except for Quebec growing up). The others all traveled a bit for work.Regarding travel as a child and exposure to other cultures, I had none of it. We were too poor to go anywhere on holiday, not even in our own country. I didn't get to go abroad until I went to uni, when I did interrailing for a few months, then I had a year in France for my degree. But being in a foreign environment didn't bother me, I enjoy the differences. I don’t feel I have travelled enough, or experienced enough, so I'd like to do more now that I have the time and money to do so. If you have an open mindset I expect you'll cope.
I'm not living in France at present but currently exploring the possibility of moving there. I find holidaying in most European countries can be a challenge when it comes to food, Greece seems about the best. I've been served some terrible slop. 😁Ah, yes, I do not have a garden or compost option and it is cumbersome to collect all scraps, peelings, seeds, trimmings, etc constantly during food prep and then just to dump them in a plastic bag and make sure they don't go in the sink. Slows me down so much!
How do you find life in France as a vegetarian when eating out or invited to friends for dinner? If you're in or near a large city, I suppose it is a little easier. I've been married to a Frenchman and traveling here (now living here) for over 30 years and I still find it challenging. While I don't eat any "land meat", I still eat some fish/seafood, I prefer to limit it to once a week but find that very challenging when I'm here especially when his family invites us to eat. A meal without an animal protein is very foreign to them unless it's pizza.
For 25 years my father-in-law offered me charcuterie on every single visit! It just never registered.
I am struggling to find the products I am used to to make the meals I make back home. I can't even find black beans! (we are not near a big city) I'd love to find wonton wrappers as well. I was surprised to find the one Thai restaurant in our area did not have a single vegetarian dish on their menu. Back in the US Thai is often our go-to for good meatless meals.
Enfin...there are worse things in life! lol
A little surprised at the lack of black beans, but then again you may be looking for a specific variety that isn't generally available here. Probably your best shot is at either a health food store (a "bio" store) or a Leclerc or other large supermarket with a good sized "vrac" (bulk) section as part of their bio foods section. Or in some stores, they have a separate set of shelves for dried foods (nuts and beans, mostly) from Morocco. (Maybe contingent on the local ethnic population.)I can't even find black beans! (we are not near a big city) I'd love to find wonton wrappers as well. I
Well tbh, I haven't looked for dried black beans. At home I just buy organic cans - which are plentiful with numerous brands. Don't really care which brand. I don't have the patience for soaking black beans overnight. Did that once and they still took forever to cook. We have a small bio store here and it had few items I couldn't also find at Carrefour. I did find more tofu selections there but still not what I use at home.A little surprised at the lack of black beans, but then again you may be looking for a specific variety that isn't generally available here. Probably your best shot is at either a health food store (a "bio" store) or a Leclerc or other large supermarket with a good sized "vrac" (bulk) section as part of their bio foods section. Or in some stores, they have a separate set of shelves for dried foods (nuts and beans, mostly) from Morocco. (Maybe contingent on the local ethnic population.)
Wonton wrappers used to be available frozen in some Chinatown shops (like Freres Teng) in Paris, but nowadays they seem to only carry the rice flour based eggroll ("nem") wrappers. I've got a good Chinese cookbook that has a couple recipes for making your own true eggroll skins (i.e. with eggs) but they are a bit elaborate and time consuming. Basically, you make thin crepes that you don't let brown on the pan - and then those become your eggroll or wonton wrappers. Have not found those ready made (usually frozen) for years now.