Sunday, November 26, 2017

Dreaming of France -- The Visas Are Here!


Thank you for joining this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.
As all the dominoes fall into place, our dream of living in France gets closer and closer. And last week, the domino that made me nervous crashed into our neighbors mailbox.
The French consulate in Chicago had warned that it could take four weeks for the visas to arrive. Since we would be closing on our house before a month had passed, I had the visas sent to my neighbor's house.
I had already arrived at school to teach an evening class when she texted saying she had received an Express mail envelope for us. I wanted to run right home to get it, but instead, I sent Earl to fetch them and he took a picture, texting it to me in class.





Yay! We are going to live in France.

I also bought train tickets today for our first journey from Paris to a housesit in Nouvelle Aquitaine. Of course, I don't want to have to print off all our train tickets, so I downloaded the app for SNCF -- the train system in France.



Now we scan our tickets before climbing aboard, or when the conductor comes down the aisle.
We can also keep track of all of our train trips on the app, and it's counting down the days for me.
In other preparing to leave news, today we pulled out the suitcases and opened them on the floor. We went through our closets, which we thought we'd winnowed out before the house went on the market, but we continued to find things that we could live without.
Clothes are laying in a pile in the suitcases, ready for the compression bags that I ordered from Amazon this morning. Hopefully, those magic compression bags will make everything fit.
Just a few weeks until we close on our house and less than a month until we leave Columbus behind.
We'll travel to my parents' house to celebrate Christmas, and in January we'll fly to France.
It could still all fall apart, but I'm feeling pretty confident now.
This is it!
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7 comments:

Sim Carter said...

Oh. My. God. I am so thrilled for you! Please squeeze me into one of your compression bags, I want to share the rest of the journey with you.

PS If I won't fit in the bag, you better keep blogging, madame!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!
You're on your way. Dreams come true.

Anonymous said...

OMG how exciting, the time will whizz by. Where are you house sitting in our region, hope it's not too far away so we can meet up.

Suzie Tullett said...

The next few weeks will fly by. Visas - it's getting very official now x

Paulita said...

Thanks to everyone for your excitement, even when most of you are already in France!
Sim, My dream is to have more time for blogging if I'm not spending every moment cleaning and packing.
Francetaste, Yes, and thanks for your support.
OurFrenchOasis, I hope we're close too. I'm DM you on Twitter and we can make plans. Plus I still want to do your taste-cation too so you can introduce us to seafood. I know you didn't call it a taste-cation, but you're having tasting and it's a vacation, so...
Suzie, Yes, I know you have moved around Europe so easily. It's a few more steps for Americans. I hope this isn't the future that Brits await after Brexit. Many hoops but all worth it.

Jeanie said...

I'm so very excited for you! It must all seem real now! Congratulations.

Reading Tounwind said...

That is so exciting! Congrats on the Visas!

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