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Forum: France
Apr 1st 2011, 7:42 am
Replies: 11
Views: 36,316
Posted By Herman

Re: British and/or American companies based in Paris...

I found it easy on the whole, just a bit challenging when dealing with utilities, tax office etc but I get a lot of help with all that from my assistant at work. We live in a suburb where almost...
Forum: France
Mar 31st 2011, 12:32 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 36,316
Posted By Herman

Re: British and/or American companies based in Paris...

That's me. After three years I still speak relatively little French, although its good enough to chat to taxi drivers these days which is about the only time I really need to use the language. I work...
Forum: France
Dec 13th 2010, 11:16 am
Replies: 4
Views: 808
Posted By Herman

Re: Winter tyres

Ah, thanks for that. I gather they have the same problem in the UK at the moment. That does explain why the guys at both tyre centres were not willing to discuss ordering some in for me, although...
Forum: France
Dec 13th 2010, 10:19 am
Replies: 4
Views: 808
Posted By Herman

Winter tyres

Anyone bought winter tyres in France? I've decided to get some but my two local tyre centres were extremely unhelpful this weekend with responses of "No, we don't have any in that size" accompanied...
Forum: France
Dec 9th 2010, 7:57 am
Replies: 11
Views: 11,886
Posted By Herman

Re: What is an Expat package?

I would say standard of living varies in different aspects rather than one is better than the other. You will find food, clothes, electricals, household bills all more expensive than the UK as in...
Forum: France
Dec 8th 2010, 2:36 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 7,513
Posted By Herman

Re: Moving to Lyon in March/April???

50k net is not bad but for a senior global marketing manager it would be 50% more than that in my company plus a 50% bonus. Is there is a bonus too? Its less than he is paid currently and they want...
Forum: France
Dec 8th 2010, 10:38 am
Replies: 13
Views: 5,167
Posted By Herman

Re: Relocating to Yvelines (78) in Ile-de-France

Forgot to mention that we use a state creche up the road from our house in Le Vesinet for 12 hours a week for our 18 month and its fantastic and almost free. Well, only €2 per hour.

Our 3 year...
Forum: France
Dec 8th 2010, 10:23 am
Replies: 13
Views: 5,167
Posted By Herman

Re: Relocating to Yvelines (78) in Ile-de-France

St Germain en Laye is a wonderful town. We live just next door in Le Vesinet. But please do not trust the RATP website or Google for travel times! For me to commute from Le Vesinet, two stops nearer...
Forum: France
Dec 8th 2010, 10:11 am
Replies: 11
Views: 11,886
Posted By Herman

Re: What is an Expat package?

As someone on the 3rd expat package in my life, the current one being in France, perhaps I can answer based on my experience at two companies:

In general an expat package should provide the...
Forum: France
Dec 7th 2010, 8:16 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 978
Posted By Herman

Re: Fans of the wild Pyrenees?

I see plenty of orcs here in Mordor (Paris) but not much scenery!
Forum: France
Dec 7th 2010, 8:12 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 10,914
Posted By Herman

Re: Is tax in France significantly higher than the UK?

UK used to have married couples allowance which could be shared equally or transferred entirely to the working spouse. Gordon binned it though as one of his many many stealth taxes.
Forum: France
Dec 7th 2010, 1:21 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 10,914
Posted By Herman

Re: Is tax in France significantly higher than the UK?

Absolutely right. My wife does not work and we have 2 kids. My employer also does everything it can to minimize tax for its expats through pension contributions and all sorts of other schemes....
Forum: France
Nov 27th 2010, 7:28 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,292
Posted By Herman

What Broadband speeds do you get

We live in Le Vesinet, urban area west of Paris. Since getting an iPad I've started to use the Internet more for stuff like YouTube streaming. However, I've discovered that my connection is too slow...
Forum: France
Nov 22nd 2010, 2:53 pm
Replies: 133
Views: 100,611
Posted By Herman

Re: BBC iplayer

And just to add one more post, I've discovered that on the iPad I can watch UK TV channels (and US channels) free live on the website filmon.com from France. Haven't tried it on the laptop yet but...
Forum: France
Nov 22nd 2010, 2:13 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 5,900
Posted By Herman

Re: How good is everyone's French here?

Same here, English speaking company, I work on strategy stuff for the UK entity of my company so correspond with English people all day long, then go home and talk English to my wife and watch...
Forum: France
Nov 22nd 2010, 2:06 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 11,903
Posted By Herman

Re: Are French women from France hot?

One of my first observations on starting my new role in Paris was that the office seems to be jam packed with attractive young women. Now that I know most of them I can confirm that beauty is only...
Forum: France
Nov 18th 2010, 5:44 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 7,163
Posted By Herman

Re: Buying an Apple computer in France

Thanks, I had a feeling you would know. I'm not sure about this VPN thing yet as apparently it slows your connection and ours is already probably too slow to stream video, so might be a waste of...
Forum: France
Nov 18th 2010, 4:52 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 7,163
Posted By Herman

Re: Buying an Apple computer in France

Ka Ora, I have a question that I reckon you may be able to help me with. I would like to access BBC iPlayer on my iPad in France but as expected the beeb site reads my IP address tells the silly...
Forum: France
Nov 18th 2010, 11:23 am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,909
Posted By Herman

Re: Anyone else dismayed at the state of Briton?

Well said. There is a lot to love about France but the politeness of people is certainly not one of them. In fact its the absolute number 1 reason why my wife has had enough and wants us to move back...
Forum: France
Nov 18th 2010, 9:23 am
Replies: 18
Views: 9,173
Posted By Herman

Re: Christmas Turkey in France

We had pheasants last year for a change, slow cooked in white wine and mushrooms. Absolutely beautiful and will do the same again this year.
Forum: France
Nov 18th 2010, 9:21 am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,909
Posted By Herman

Re: Anyone else dismayed at the state of Briton?

Hilarious. Try living in Paris for a while. The level of respect, politeness and general concern for fellow citizens is absolutely minimal, with everyone working on the assumption that they have no...
Forum: France
Nov 17th 2010, 4:37 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 7,163
Posted By Herman

Re: Buying an Apple computer in France

I've gone mad for Apple products all of a sudden. iPad delivered today waiting for me at home.
It helps to get a discount if you have a gripe. With the MacBook Pro I complained that the Apple store...
Forum: France
Nov 17th 2010, 4:15 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,909
Posted By Herman

Re: Anyone else dismayed at the state of Briton?

I do not remotely agree with you, but good luck in your search for the greener grass.
Forum: France
Nov 5th 2010, 5:38 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 7,163
Posted By Herman

Re: Buying an Apple computer in France

Not exactly the answer you are after but we bought a Macbook Pro a few weeks ago and I did it by phoning Apple UK who ordered me the spec I wanted (QWERTY, UK software pack, French and English plugs)...
Forum: France
Jul 5th 2010, 4:38 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,782
Posted By Herman

Re: Le Tique

Off topic but on a similar theme, years ago my wife and I went for a hike in the rainforests in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. After about an hour I noticed something on the back my wife's leg...
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