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The summer is fast approaching and a small holiday was the perfect opportunity to take a road trip on the Cote d’Azur towards Saint Tropez. After visiting all of Marseille’s sights and surroundings, we wanted to go with our guest on a Côte d’Azur train trip, but unfortunately the unpredictable running schedule sprinkled with spontaneous strikes organised by the French SNCF lazy workers deprived us of this option. Another inconvenience would be that the train does not go all the way up to Saint Tropez, but only to Toulon or Nice, from where you have to take a local coach the rest of the way.
From Marseille to Saint Tropez there are only 150 km, but even for this distance, the train can be quite expensive if you do not buy the tickets well in advance. If you get a ticket today for tomorrow you can also spend around € 50 per person on such a train ride, so we’ve considered renting a car to make the trip. Unfortunately, this option can be quite expensive also if you do not make the reservation a few days in advance, but if you are 3 or 4 people in the car it is generally worth it. At the rental company called Thrift a Renault rented for one day costs 60 Euro + the insurance that on the internet costs 37.5 EUR … but if you take it from the office booth you will get it for 60 Euro’s ….. ( without this insurance you are liable to pay 1,000 EUR damage even for the Continue reading “Saint Tropez road trip France”
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PACS or Pacte civil de solidarité, is a concubinage agreement that offers the benefits of a married couple but with fewer obligations. Initially developed at the request of gay couples to declare themselves a family unit, it has become very popular among hetero couples and a popular method used by immigrants and refugees to obtain a visa or residence permit.
In France, there is a well-thought-out and subtle tactic to encourage marriage and punish unmarried young people, regardless of their sexual orientation. If you are around 30-years-old and you are still alone, you are prone to being refused having social and professional benefits, you are prone to pay much higher taxes to the state (the celibate member can have 30% of his income taxed versus 14% if you are in a couple) and at any bank you you go will have lower chances to get a credit if you are single, so many young people choose to compromise by making a PACS contract with their partners.
The procedure is very similar to marriage, if not identical, and because we are in France, it is very complicated and involves a lot of bureaucracy. Although it practically takes 5 minutes to sign the papers, it takes months to get to that point. The starting point is the government site Continue reading “How to get PACS in France”
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Probably many people today ask them selfs or consider moving to another country for various reasons. France is among the top destinations, alongside England and Germany for expats. They either leave due to financial difficulties and go looking for better paid work or go to take recognized studies. I’m sure in every country the accommodation process is different, I’m going to tell you how it’s going down here. France is not exactly a country that makes your life easy when you are new comer: the bureaucratic system is remarkably similar to the one in my home country Romania, and not in a good way: it is heavy, bushy and requires a lot of running around and patience to get the essentials papers you need. But let’s start with the beginning:
- I am starting from the premise that you are leaving your country with a secured job already and you’re visa status is ok. If you go to any country without a clear source of income you have a good chance that you will just wander a little around and return to your country with your tail between your legs as soon as the money runs out. First of all , make sure you take enough cash to survive a month or two until you find decent accommodation. Without 2000 EUR in your pocket, do not even think to head for the airport. Secondly, be sure to take your Identity Card, Passport (not necessarily in the EU, but it helps a lot), Birth Certificate in Original and be sure to make a translation and a legalized copy of it before you arrive , because here it costs around 50-60 euros to make a legal translation of this document; Marriage certificate, divorce certificate if you have , all translated, a few ID size pictures of you, and if the company will not provide accommodation (permanent or temporary) you should start to look for cheap hotels in the city. A hotel if booked in advance and for long term (one month or two) can be relatively inexpensive, costing 35-40 EUR per night.
2. A local phone number: This is the easiest step to accomplish and you will need it to complete all the next steps. We have chosen the operator Lycamobile, which offers for 15 Euro per month Continue reading “Expat beginner’s guide to moving to France”
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One and a half months ago, I was packing my baggage to go to the airport again, only this time I was not leaving to board a ship for 5 months, but to a new job and a new life. I explained in great detail why I wanted to quit sailing in the much controversial and popular own article “After six years at sea”, so after the last voyage I made the final decision to look for something to work on land. I have ill spoken a lot about our country Romania (and for good reasons considering that people are working for 300-400 EUR / month and the government is ripping you off on absolutely every step of the way!) and I have seen too many beautiful and civilized places in this world during my voyages to ever settle there, so the only option left for me was to become an expat and luck had it to be in Marseille.
Most of my CVs were sent in English-speaking countries, especially in the UK, but since the whole Brexit phenomenon, most companies have been reluctant to hire East Europeans. Fate decided that the lucky interview would land me in Marseille, France, a city of which I did not know much about , in a country whose language I vaguely understand and speak. It was this or other positions somewhere in South Africa or Mexico so guess what I chose.
I only had sea experience on my resume so the only way to make the transition to land was to remain in the maritime business. I will not say the name of the
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Marseille dupa 48 de zile de locuit.
Acum o luna si jumatate imi faceam iar bagajul sa ma duc spre aeroport , doar ca de data asta numai plecam la vapor pentru 5 luni, ci la un nou job si o noua viata. Am explicat foarte detaliat de ce numai am vrut sa navig in mult controversatul si cititul articol propiu “Dupa sase ani pe mare” , asa ca dupa voiajul trecut am luat decizia definitiva de a imi cauta ceva la uscat. Am injurat mult tara noastra Romania (si pe buna dreptate considerand ca se munceste pe 300-400 EUR si guvernul te jegmaneste absolut la fiecare pas!) si am vazut mult prea multe locuri frumoase si civilizate pe lumea asta in timpul voiajelor ca sa ma pot stabili definitiv acolo , asa ca singura optiune era de a deveni expat afara.
Majoritatea CV-urilor trimise au fost in tari vorbitoare de Engleza , mai ales in Marea Britanie , dar de cand cu Brexitul se cam sfiesc firmele sa angajeze Est Europeni. Soarta a facut ca interviul norocos sa ma aterizeze in Marsilia, Franta. Un oras despre care nu stiam in principiu mai nimic , intr-o tara a carei limbi o inteleg vag. Era asta sau alte pozitii pe undeva prin Africa de Sud sau Mexic asa ca ghiciti ce am ales.
Fiind doar cu experienta pe mare , cam singura cale de a face tranzitia la uscat era sa raman in domeniu maritim , nu voi zice numele firmei dar fiind in Marsilia cred ca nu e asa greu de ghicit. Asa ca imi rezerv dreptul de a comenta si implica in orice discutie despre shipping , mai ales ca acum am acces la o perspectiva mult mai generala a sistemului , nu doar de pe vapor la fata locului , voi reveni si cu detalii de la locul de munca mai tarziu.
Mutarea nu pot zice ca a fost foarte grea , avantajul de a fi obisnuit cu impachetatul la tot ce ai nevoie intr-o valiza si plecat la aeroport dar si firma a fost foarte sustinatoare si mi-a oferit o luna o Continue reading “Primele 48 de zile in Franta ca expat / First 48 days as expat in France”
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A great game, one of the few appearances this year that really deserves praise. The series from Ubisoft continues, after the semi failure of Black Flag’s childish pirate game, the series makes a spectacular come back. After you have explored Jerusalem and the holy lands during the Crusades; Florence, Venice and Rome during the Renaissance ; Boston and New York during the American War of Independence, the next episode brings us to beautiful Paris during the French Revolution.
Paris is rendered superb, and if you have a system that supports graphics at maximum details you will have some magnificent scenery. As in the other games every street,catacomb and roof of the city can be explored, either at the street level where you can enjoy the various animations of thousands of citizens, or jumping from roof to roof in free running mode. But not all is reduced to great graphics, the city’s atmosphere stands out through realism, sounds, events and all the surprises that you find at every street corner, take a moment looking around and you will be very pleasantly surprised if you sit and watch how people spent their time during those times, while in front of government buildings there are large crowds of people protesting against royalty and nobility while looking at improvised scenes on which there is usually a guillotine , in other parts of the city people go on with their own business , craftsman are working , sellers try to attract customers to stalls , a woman is selling newspapers, a dog is looking for it’s owner, a cat sleeps on a balcony and an old man with an accordion successfully encourage people to dance in front of the cafe. Numerous monuments of the city are present and explorable , such as Notre Dame, the Pantheon, the faimous prison La Bastille , the royal palace and the palace of the Louvre, Champs Elysee boulevard and the magnificent Royal Palace Versailles , where the story begins. The scene with the ball in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles is simply incredible. Continue reading “Good games worth playing: Assassin’s Creed Unity English Review”
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Un joc excelent , una din putinele aparitii de anul acesta care chiar merita laudata. Cei de la Ubisoft au continuat seria , revening spectaculos dupa semi esecul copilaresc cu pirati din Black Flag , astfel ca dupa ce ati explorat Ierusalemul si taramurile sfinte in timpul cruciadelor ; Florenta , Venetia si Roma in timpul Renasterii si Bostonul cu New York in timpul razboiului American de independenta , urmatorul episod ne aduce superbul Paris in timpul revolutiei Franceze.
Parisul este redat superb , iar daca aveti un sistem care sa suporte grafica la detalii maxime veti avea parte de niste peisaje magnifice. Motorul grafic a fost sesizabil imbunatatit , putand reda orasul ziua , seara sau noaptea , iar camera reactioneaza natural imitand ochiul uman si isi schimba modul cum percepi mediul inconjurator cand te uiti de exemplu direct spre soare. Ca si in celelalte jocuri fiecare straduta , catacomba si acoperis din oras pot fi explorate , ori de la nivelul strazii unde puteti savura animatiile miilor de cetateni , ori sarind de pe acoperis pe acoperis in modul free running. Dar nu se reduce totul Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed Unity PC Game Review”
Am gasit o aplicatie interesanta pe facebook in care pui un ac albastru in locurile pe unde ai fost , era si inainte ceva de genu sub alto forma dar au sterso. La mine cam asa arata pana acum 😀 . sper sa umplu pun cat mai multe cuie acolo.
…si cam asa arata azi 07-06-2011 dupa update
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