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Relocating to France: Myth Versus Reality

Many Americans, lured by images of the French joie de vivre, dream at one point or another in their lives of spending extended periods of time in France. Be it for their studies, for work or even to retire. What most are unaware of, though, are the intricacies, the bureaucracy, and often sluggishness of the French Administration when it comes to dealing with any type of paperwork! Bienvenue en France!

One person in the Seattle area can guide them through the process and even assist them in filing their paperwork. If need be, she will even make middle of the night phone calls to talk with a representative of les Impôts (French IRS) or any administrative office, usually open Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 pm and 2pm-4pm. (Lunch break is sacred in France). Subtract nine hours to those times if you are in the Pacific Standard Time zone! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Education


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Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

The Francophiles out there will know this, but for the uninitiated this Thursday is Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France. It is a vin de primeur which means that it’s a French wine that the Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) has allowed to be sold within the same year that it’s harvested.

There’s been a long-standing tradition in Beaujolais of producing a vin de l’année to celebrate the end of the harvest but this was largely a local tradition until after World War II. In 1951, the AOC relaxed restrictions that said the soonest Beaujolais wine could be sold was December 15th. They pushed the release date up to November 15th and Beaujolais Nouveau was born.

Beaujolais Nouveau is a purple-pink wine which is bottled a mere 6 to 8 weeks after harvest. The result is a young, fruity wine with mild tannins that’s meant to be served slightly chilled and drank immediately. While many wine connoisseurs consider Beaujolais Nouveau to be simple and immature, it’s an excellent early indicator of the quality of that year’s wine harvest and provides an opportunity to enjoy wine while it’s still fresh and fruity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Beer/Wine, Food, Seasonal


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Brown Paper Tickets, the American company that could be French!

Caroline Planque from our International Outreach Department, recently visited her homeland of France and spread the good word of Brown Paper Tickets to some of the hip and happening folks in the Parisian arts scene. She found that many Parisians were surprised that a company as community-minded as BPT could exist in America. Here’s Caroline to tell us a little bit more.

I recently returned from a trip to my homeland of France. I shook many hands and left behind a trail of BPT buttons, postcards and brochures: from little neighborhood cafes, to concert venues such as the Batofar, a barge topped by a lighthouse on the Seine river; to a former cookie factory in Montreuil, La Biscuiterie, that’s been transformed into a highly messy yet creative collective arts space; to a little record store near Bastille, Born Bad (“Bad Music for Bad People!”), a suggestion from our lawyer Mike Sennott; and, finally, to the incredible, brand new 104 – Centquatre Cultural Center, the former site of a gigantic municipal funeral home. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in BPT


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Bastille Day in the Bay Area!

Step into the world of 1920s Paris for Cabaret Bastille

At CELLspace in San Francisco, tonight at 8:00, current-day authors (such as Matt Stewart and Alia Volz) will be channeling some of our greatest authors from the past (such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Anais Nin).

This will take place while French wine and tricolor cocktails are served. The space will also feature and absinthe fountain and blue films from the 1920s.

There will also be an exotic dancer and accordion music. Flappers and dandies are welcome! Tickets are only $13. Get them here.

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Seasonal


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