I don't know if I need advice or just a LOT of encouragement and a bit of handholding. Like most everyone on this network, I've had the dream of living in France for years and now it is happening. I made the final decision about 5 months ago, thinking that would give me plenty of time to prepare but of course panic is beginning to set in; what to do with all my stuff, am I forgetting anything important, am I out of my mind to even attempt this solo....
The movers are coming in just two weeks. I'm putting my earthly possessions in storage and flying out of the US on September 24 with two suitcases, a roll-on and two screaming cats. A friend is coming over with me to help me settle so I will have some support for the first few weeks.
I've found a short-term furnished flat in Narbonne and will use that as a base to look for something/somewhere permanent. I am an American citizen but also have an Italian passport (grandparents) so will be entering France on that; I'm retired so will not be looking to work. And, oh yes, my French is high school French (and that was a VERY long time ago) so that will be a challenge. My reading skills are ok but I'm always afraid I'm missing the nuances when dealing with more technical info. I plan on taking intensive lessons ASAP.
I've gathered my paperwork, BC, passports, financial info, etc. Is there something anyone might suggest, no matter how small, that would have made life easier?
I fret mostly about health insurance. I can keep my US health insurance, such as it is, for a month or two but will need to buy private insurance in France. I have looked at your page of useful links and it is great but most of the sites are in that scary technical French and have lots of buttons and drop downs! Confusing for me.
Anyway, that's it in a nutshell,
See you all in France. Soon.