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Internship in France: the five most attractive cities

Are you looking for an internship in France? Why not plan this professional experience in one of France’s largest cities? Chez Nestor, a short term flat-sharing specialist for students and fresh graduates, presents you the five most attractive cities in the country.

Doing an internship in France is often more rewarding than in other countries, for a few reasons:

  • A strict regulation compels your host company to provide you with a salary after two months,
  • An internship agreement has to be signed in order to protect the intern,
  • The internship culture is generally speaking well spread, thus you will find many opportunities available on the internet.

With that being said, your destination city plays an important role in the success of your experience. Here is a top 5 of the most attractive cities to do your internship in France according to Stamps Internships, the specialist of internships in France and abroad.


Lyon : the perfect city for an internship in France #1


The third largest city in France is known especially for its gastronomy and so-called “Fête des Lumières”. Lyon is one of the cultural hubs in the country, but it is also a strategic economic position between northern and southern Europe. Doing an internship in Lyon will be particularly relevant for you if you are studying Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering, two key industries in the city.


Montpellier : a student city #2


Farther in the West, Montpellier is one of the fastest growing metropolis in France. Located between Marseille and Toulouse, the Cévennes scenery and the Mediterranean sea, Montpellier is an economic hub in the middle of a sublime environment. Information Technology, media and Biotechnology are the most striving sectors in Montpellier. Global companies such as IBM and Dell have their offices in the city.


An internship in the “Pink City”


According to the FNAIM association (Real Estate specialist in France), Toulouse was still in 2018 the most affordable large city in France. You can rent an apartment at about 11€ per square meter, far from the average of 18€40 in Paris; an important aspect to consider when you are a student! Like Montpellier, Toulouse represents one of the driving forces of the population growth in France, and job opportunities are consequently numerous. The aeronautic industry is one of the assets of the pink city with the presence of Airbus and the space center.


Being an intern in Lille #4


At the other side of France, Lille is located at the heart of Europe – between London, Paris, and Brussels. Lille is known for its yearly great sell-off market: the feel for retail has shaped the city since the middle ages, and this culture remains active. Lille is therefore particularly adapted to students in international trade or sales. The administration is also a dynamic industry in the metropole.


Big opportunities in Paris #5


Let’s not forget the French capital for this selection of the most attractive cities to do an internship in France. The rents are by far the highest in the country, but the salary of interns is often adapted to this reality. And the experience is worth it: to work in Paris is to contemplate centuries of History while wandering around famous monuments. Besides, most internship opportunities in France are located in Paris. The range of industries covered is wide: startups and corporates, hospitality, tourism, marketing… although mostly involved in the services sector.

Whatever city you choose to do your internship in France, the relevance of the tasks assigned and coherence with your career should prevail. Every place has its own assets and charm. Don’t hesitate to look for an internship in France and abroad on Stamps Internships!

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6 Steps to make your stay in Lyon a success

Moving to a different country can be daunting. Even more, when you are moving to a vibrant and dynamic city like Lyon. On top of the cultural adjustment, finding a new address that you can call your second home is not an easy task. In this article,Chez Nestor, the specialist in accommodation for young nomades,  shares 6 steps on finding that home, sweet, home and succeed in your integration in Lyon. Read on!


Prepare your rental file and be patient #1


At the beginning of your search for accommodation, you may see a lot of options but in reality, there’s not that many available on the market. The locals even have the same struggle and have to wait several months before they can actually move into a new house or apartment. But worry not, with the right papers and a lot of patience, it’s not an impossible feat.

First up is to participate in a viewing or open house with about 20 other applicants through an agence immobilière or real estate agency. Once you’ve seen a house you like, you need to prepare the required documents and create your rental file for the landlord.  With a little luck and a good preparation, your profile may be the most appealing to the landlord and you’ll finally get that house! Note that most of the accommodation you’ll find on the market are unfurnished, not so easy when you just arrived in the city…

Be careful Like any other high-competition market, scams exist so it’s ideal to get help from friends or networks. Also, you cannot go wrong by going to a professional company like Chez Nestor.


Apply for a French bank account #2


You’ll need a French bank account to pay the rent, bills, water, and to get paid by your employer, to name just a few. But it’s complicated: to open a French bank account, you need a proof of address… But to rent an apartment, you need a bank account!  ​It’s a kind of bad joke.

To open a French bank account, you have to do 3 things:

 

  1. Set up an appointment with a bank adviser and ask for the list of requirements;
  2. Gather your documents;
  3. Show up to the appointment with the requirements.

Get a French mobile number #3


To not miss out on any opportunity, it’s ideal that you get a French SIM card as soon as you arrive.  The majority of newcomers in Lyon choose prepaid plans or SIM cards because you can get connected easily without being tied to formal and long-term contracts. But in France, mobile plans are very cheaper than in some other countries. You can easily find a contract with no obligation for €10 per month. It will contain :  

  • Illimited call phone in France (and if you’re lucky in Europe)
  • SMS and MMS illimited in France (and once again, maybe in Europe , depends on the operator.
  • 50Go for internet on your mobile, so you can use WhatsApp or messenger to join your friends and family even if you don’t have wifi!

Get your transport card (Técély) #4


How can you enjoy your new city when you cannot get a ride? The Técély/TCL card is a pay-per-month card that enables you to ride on any of Lyon’s public transport (Tram-Metro-Bus) and is rechargeable every month.

The monthly subscription is valid until the last day of the month. So, it’s better to charge your card at the beginning of the month to maximize your credit (for example, you charged your TCL card on the 15th of January, your credit will only go on until the 31st of January). The annual pass costs €64 per month for non-students while it’s €28.80 per month for students.

There’s a high demand for the card and you will need a passport-size photo when you apply for the card. If you don’t have any, you can always take advantage of the photo booth in the TCL agency but make sure to use a fiver! You can also recharge or “top-up” your card in the TCL agency or any of the metro stations.


Apply for a health insurance #5


You will be able to establish residency after residing in France for three months. At this time, you are now eligible for the French national health coverage.

Here is the few steps you’ll have to pass :

  • Fill out the health benefits application form (or formulaires 736 Demande d’ouverture des droits à l’assurance maladie).
  • Request your Carte Vitale (green card), as it is not always automatically issued. As the Carte Vitale can –  sometimes – take a long time to process, it is recommended to ask for a temporary French health insurance card.

Remind: you will need your Carte Vitale at every health appointment (doctor, hospital, pharmacy) to be reimbursed on your bank account.


Make your life easier with Sojoourn ! #6


We understand that all these steps look overwhelming but no need to worry! We want you to focus more on enjoying the beautiful city of Lyon and leave the rest to us. Lucky for you, Sojoourn is an all-around expat services company in Lyon who can help you:

  • Book an appointment with an English-speaking bank consultant who offers affordable solutions to ALL expats of all nationalities. No commitment required means you can change banks anytime you wish! In 20 minutes, you will have your French Bank account with a credit card and a RIB (French IBAN).
  • Get a SIM card with affordable international and national call rates and activates the SIM for you! Again, no commitments. You will be able to change to a different telco provider whenever you want!
  • Find everything in one place through the Lyon Welcome Box! It’s a kit full of essentials to help you start your new life on the right foot in Lyon hassle-free!
  • Connect with an international community to meet fellow expats but also French people while sharing your experience in Lyon.

 

Sojoourn it’s also a community that provides a wide variety of fun events. Discover more information on Sojoourn’s website!

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An internship in France

As a foreign or French student, you may have to do a final internship to validate your year. However, finding an internship is not that easy, whether in France or elsewhere! Here is some information and advices to help you in your research.


The end-of-study internship: how does it work?


In many schools and universities, you will have to do an internship at the end of each year. For their final year, most of French students must complete a end-of-study internship, which will allow them to put into practice the theory they learned in previous years. It will provide them with experience which, with a little luck, will help them to enter the world of work more easily.

 

Foreign students are no exception to this rule. For students who are not members of the European Union, you will need to obtain a Temporary Work Permit (TWA) from the Departmental Directorate of Work and Employment. The university provides internship agreements that must be signed by the host organization, the university, and sometimes an internship supervisor. Internships generally last between 2 and 6 months, and are paid as soon as the trainee completes more than 2 months.

 

The minimum pay in 2018 is 577 euros per month. Please note that the companies hosting you as an intern are obliged to pay half of your transport costs: petrol if you take the car, public transport, etc.


How to find an internship ? 


Finding an internship is not easy, either for French or foreign students! The sectors that require the most trainees in general are finance, commerce, and marketing.

Speaking English is highly valued in these types of companies. Finding an internship in the language, literature or arts sector is a little more complicated.
For a foreign student, you will often be asked to master French well, so be sure of your language skills before committing yourself! Your university can help you find an internship or you can consult these few sites that offer many internship opportunities.


The advantages and disadvantages of an internship in France


An internship is the best way to get your first experience in the world of work. Jobs, especially in France, are increasingly difficult to find, and having an internship in a particular field can open doors for you more easily and perhaps lead to a fixed-term contract.

Pay is both an advantage and a disadvantage: as a student, it is always nice to receive a salary at the end of the month, but the 577 euros monthly does not allow many outings… There are often rumours that the trainee is given only ungrateful and uninteresting tasks to do, but this is no longer really relevant, quite the contrary! Trainees are given more and more responsibilities and enrich their culture and knowledge through the internship.

Review your resumes and cover letters, and start looking for the perfect internship!

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Christmas in France

If you can’t go home for Christmas, don’t worry! France, as many countries in the world, is very happy to celebrate Christmas and you can see decorations in the street all through December (even before sometimes). Learn more about French traditions during these holidays :

 


ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS


I think every people who celebrate Christmas know the origins of the feast, but it doesn’t hurt to explain again the roots of this international tradition.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. However, we actually don’t know when Jesus was born (some texts even prove that it was probably not during the winter) but December 25th was chosen by Christians to replace pagan celebration such as winter solstice.

Even if Christmas comes from Christian origins(and is the second most important celebration in the Christian calendar), almost everyone, independently of their religion, beliefs or country, celebrates what we called in French “Noël”. In France, December 25th is a public holiday.

 


TRADITIONS


There are several traditions that have to be respected for Christmas: some are Christian traditions and others are becoming more and more present with the consumer society.

  • Advent

Advent is a period including the 4 Sundays before Christmas representing the light conquering darkness. Christians light a candle every Sunday and put them in a wreath. The wreath is now put on doors (without the candles of course!) and this tradition is behind the Advent Calendar. In the beginning, it was created to have children wait for Christmas and they would open it every morning to get little holy pictures. Nowadays, the pictures have been replaced by chocolate or toys, and even grown-ups enjoy them!

 

  • Nativity scene

Usually, French families install little crèches representing the Nativity scene. Jesus is between Joseph and Mary, there are the Three Wise Men and some animals (they can vary but usually, there are an ox, a donkey, and some sheep).

 

  • Christmas Tree

The first Christmas tree appears in Alsace during the 16th century and symbolized eternal life and hope, as its leaves do not fall. This is one of the most popular traditions of Christmas and people love to decorate their “sapin de Noël” as we called it in French. The pine tree is usually decorated with fairy lights, garlands, bulbs, and on top of it, you will mostly find a star or an angel.

 

  • Santa Claus

In France, we called him “Le Père Noël”. The legend is the same all over the world: Santa Claus would come the night before Christmas, and bring gifts to children who have behaved during the previous year. Sorry if I’m breaking your heart, but this is only a legend and it is a very good opportunity for stores to achieve their biggest turnover of the year. But don’t worry, Santa Claus is still a figure very appreciated in France and he is used to decorating most houses and shops. Some children even leave biscuits and a glass of milk near the chimney from where Santa is supposed to come. Nowadays, there is even an address to send a letter to Santa, and “he” answers to every one of them!

 

  • Christmas dinner

As France is very reputed for its food, you have probably guessed that Christmas dinner is something not to miss! For this occasion, we usually eat oysters, smoked salmon and foie gras for a starter, the main course is usually a turkey with green beans and potatoes, and for dessert, you have the famous Yule log (with mandarins sometimes to ease our conscience)!

 

  • Christmas markets

The Chrismas markets in France are very popular and the most famous is probably the Christmas market of Strasbourg, that draws in more than 2 millions of visitors per year! They are usually in the open air, and you can walk through many stalls looking like little chalets that sell gifts, Christmas decoration and winter food and drink, such as mulled wine, gingerbread, hot chestnuts.

Here you go, you know almost everything about Christmas in France! If you want to sing some French Christmas Carols, you can go listen to them and learn the lyrics on this website.

 

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The best places to ski in France

If you’re a fan of skiing or snowboarding, you probably know that France is one of the best (if not the best) countries in the world for its variety of mountains and ski resorts. Here is a short list of the best French ski resorts according to Chez Nestor’s team.


Les Trois Vallées #1


Les Trois Vallées is a ski area situated in the region Rhônes-Alpes, more precisely in the Savoiedepartment and is composed of the most famous ski resorts of France, including Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.  Courchevel is known for being quite a luxury ski resort, so it is mostly frequented by people with big budgets. However, contrary to what we could think, it also offers many classes for beginners and some easy ski trails. As for Méribel, it is known for being a very lively ski resort, with lots of bars and clubs for those who like partying. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort of Europe and won the award of the “Best ski resort of the World” in 2013. Finally, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville is probably the cheapest of them all because it is a little far from the centre, calmer and more focused on charming accommodation than parties.


Les Deux-Alpes #2


This ski resort is situated in Isère, and offers more than reasonable prices. Moreover, the quality remains as good as its comrades: snow is excellent and the village is very lively. Thanks to its affordable accommodations and classes, Les Deux-Alpes is quite frequented so be sure to book in advance!


Serre Chevalier #3


This ski area is situated in the Hautes-Alpes department and is composed of a dozen of villages gathered around big ski resorts. It is the biggest ski area of the Southern Alps and has nothing to be ashamed of in comparison of its comrades of the North, because, even if it is smaller and less modern, Serre Chevalier is very friendly and comfortable, offering excellent ski trails.


Val d’Isère #4


Val d’Isère is one of the most renowned ski resorts of France and is one of the main destinations for British skiers! Its ski trails are particularly challenging which is attractive for advanced skiers or snowboarders, but you can also find easy trails if you’re a beginner. In addition to its many ski facilities, the villages in the area are more than charming in a very French way, so you can also go for some visits.


La Clusaz #5


Even if La Clusaz, situated in Haute-Savoie, lives a little in the shadow of the huge Trois Vallées, it is an excellent ski resort, which is easily accessible from Geneva and AnnecyFrench people are really fond of La Clusaz and they like to enjoy the good ski trails, even just for the weekend. Once there, you can enjoy great winter food, such as Tartiflette, and you can make the best of your stay by visiting Annecy and its amazing lake.

Needless to say that there are many more ski resorts as France has a varied geography with lots of mountains.

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Festival of Lights

You may have heard the nickname of Lyon, “Ville des Lumières”, which actually comes from the Festival of Lights and partially from the Lumière brothers – but this is another story… Every year, at the beginning of December, the city organizes what we called in French “La Fête des Lumières” which is more impressive year after year. Every year more and more tourists come to Lyon during this festival to enjoy the incredible lightning installations and the activities you can find hidden in the heart of the city. Are you planning to come to Lyon for the festival? Here you can find more details about it this rooted tradition.


The origins of the Lights Festival in Lyon


The origins of this tradition are still open for debate today but people generally agree to say that they are paying tribute to the Virgin Mary.

There are different legends: one saying that Mary saves Lyonfrom the plague epidemic during the Renaissance, another saying that Prussian people were invading France and were trying to take over Lyon and once again, Mary saves the city…

As people were frequently lighting candles for the intercession of Mary (to save a child from disease, a soldier from the war etc.), the city decided in 1852 to honour her properly and to put in a bronze statue of the Virgin, but the weather did not agree. They were unable to install it because of the rain, and finally, on December 8, the sun decided to come out: the statue was inaugurated during the evening and every inhabitant put a candle on their window that burnt until morning.

Ever since, people from Lyon and its surrounding has respected the tradition and lit candles, called “Lumignons” every December 8. The candles are today part of the show and provided directly by the city of Lyon. Take a stroll in the Vieux Lyon and you’ll be amazed about how many candles peek from each window.


The Lights Festival nowadays


Today, this is not the candles on windows that are renowned internationally but the Festival of Lights. Since 1989, the city organized the “fête des Lumières” which consists in setting sound and visual animations on the most beautiful buildings of Lyon, such as l’Hôtel de Ville, the Cathédrale Saint-Jean or the Opera. Each historical monument is worth an incredible installation. They also put a luminous sign in front of the Basilique of Fourvière saying “Merci Marie”. The animations gain more quality and draw in more and more visitors every year: in 2017, there were around 2.5 millions of people to admire the lights of Lyon. Find here more details about last year’s event. The city is already trying to find expositions and themes for their 2018 edition!

If you are in Lyon during the Festival of Lights, be ready to face a lot of people and queue for the metro! If you want to come in the city around December 8, try to plan your trip in advance because, as the event is internationally famous, the tickets and hotel rooms are usually more expensive during this period.  

You’ll find more information on the Lyon Festival of Lights website.

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Halloween in France

Halloween comes from Ireland and Scotland. It is massively celebrated in the US and has progressively imposed itself in France. However, the event is not as popular in France as in the US or in Great Britain. Chez Nestor, expert in flatsharing, gives you some ideas to celebrate Halloween with your roommates.


The origins of Halloween


Halloween (contraction of All Hallows Eve that can be understood as the eve of All Saints’ Day) finds its origins in Ireland and Scotland.

At the time, before the arrival of Christianity, it was a Celtic celebration that was similar to New Year’s Eve. Called “Samain” meaning the month of November, Halloween represents the end of the summer and the end of the year which finished at the end of October at this period.  

In the 5th century, Christians took this celebration over and decided they would dedicate October 31st to the conjuration of malefic spirits. When there was the famine in Ireland, many inhabitants moved to the USA and brought their customs with them.

The carved pumpkin comes from an Irish legend saying that jack-o-lantern would have tricked the devil twice to avoid going to hell, so when he died, he was refused the entry in heaven and in hell. He was then condemned to roam with for only light, a charcoal put in a carved turnip (which then became a pumpkin because it was easier to carve).


Halloween in France


Its success hasn’t developed quickly but seems little by little to install itself. French people, often reluctant with commercial parties, seem to be more open-minded. They leave themselves to these parties which allow to share moments with friends and have good times. Follow the link and find ideas to celebrate Halloween in France.

It’s really possible to find many scary costumes in shops and malls. In additional, shops decorate their places according to the theme: for this case, a scary one! For children who come to houses to have sweets, French people stay enthusiastic about this idea. They even prepare the game: they go during the day in shops to prepare sweets for children. They stay very happy to give sweets to these little monsters! Above all, French people mind tends towards to move. 

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Useful apps to help you during your stay in France

There are many apps, you need to download on your smartphone, that can help you not only with the transition period but also throughout the whole of your Erasmus adventure! Chez Nestor gives you some essential apps.


Some apps to save money


Download Viber, Messenger or Whatsapp to make free phone calls and send instant messages whenever your smartphone is connected to Wifi. The quality of the call depends on the strength of the connection.

The Skype app is not only useful for making video calls, but it can save you money on phone calls regardless of the destination. If you have a telephone plan that is only specific to France, you can purchase calling credit on your smartphone and make calls every time that the Internet is available. Although you have to buy credit, rates are low for each minute that you use, and the price is the same regardless of where you are calling from.

 

Download the XE Currency Converter in order to work out conversion rates within a few minutes. This app is useful whilst you are still getting used to using the euro, enabling you to know whether you are paying too much or too little for a product!


Convenience and local services


Find the best places #1

The Yelp app is very useful in informing users of local eateries, bars, clubs, museums, and events, and you can tailor your search to your location, to your price range or preferred atmosphere. Yelp is perfect for those who are just getting to know their city but are unsure of where to find what they are looking for. Moreover, reviews are written by clients, just like you, so they are not motivated by any commercial reward!

Move in the city #2

In most French big cities, there is a system of bike sharing, which is useful for getting to and from the destinations that you may have found using the Yelp app. Cycling is arguably the best way to traverse a city without worrying about traffic or public transportation’s timetable. However, it can be frustrating when there are no bikes available or when there are no more spaces to park the one that you are in the process of using. Download the All Bikes Now app in order to avoid this problem, as it will locate the nearest station with bikes and spaces available.

Smart apps #3

There is nothing worse than unnecessarily having to buy a drink in a café or queuing to use the nearest McDonald’s bathroom when you need to use a toilet. Toilet Finder is an app that locates your nearest restroom, preventing embarrassment and panic.

If your phone doesn’t allow you to use much Internet data or if you are planning on studying in a café, try the Wifi France app, which will locate your nearest Wifi hotspot and save you from having to search. You can also ask the wifi in the place where you’re located.

The French climate can be temperamental, so make sure you check the weather via the Weather Channel app before you leave the house wearing only a tee-shirt and find yourself in the rain!


Language help and general organization


Find the best places #1

Is a dictionary too burdensome for your bag? If so, download the Word Reference app, a favorite amongst language students, which will help you to find definitions, translations, and synonyms of new French words.

If you are going to be studying on your Erasmus year or if you are simply in need of an organization aid, download Evernote, which synchronizes notes you have created across your devices, enables you to make voice recordings and share files. Recording lectures can be very useful, especially during the beginning of the semester when your language skills may not be up to scratch or leading up to the exam period when you may need to re-listen to classes.

Organize your traveling plans through the SNCF app, through which you can check train times (trains are often late in France) and also make bookings. To move to the city using public transportation, you can download the app of it depending on the city you are: for example in Lyon TCL, in Paris the RATP…

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Guide to markets of Lyon or how to find great deals with an Erasmus budget

Do you enjoy discovering great deals whilst shopping for unique products? If so, there is no better place to browse for bargains than in Lyon, which is not only known for its food but also for its assortment of markets!


Food and flower markets in Lyon


Food markets have been associated with French tradition for centuries, and as most shops are closed on a Sunday, they remain an integral part of the country’s culture. Not only is it cheaper to buy from a market stall, but the goods are normally produced locally, therefore it is a healthy alternative to buying supermarket food which can be of lower quality. Also, thanks to both Lyon’s central European location and its status as an intercultural city, you can find products from all over the World in each food market!

On Sunday mornings, it can be pleasant to stroll along the riverside whilst food shopping. Except for Mondays, the market along the ‘Quai Saint Antoine’ is open every morning from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is particularly worth getting out of bed for, even after a Saturday night!

The Croix Rousse market primarily sells food and flowers and is particularly busy on a Sunday. Although situated on the top of the Croix Rousse hill, the walk is certainly worth it due to over a kilometer of interesting stalls which offer an assortment of unique edible treats. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., head to this market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, pre-roasted chickens, flowers, spices and even bee pollen (if you are feeling adventurous!)


Art, antiques, and fashion markets in Lyon


If you are looking for something more unusual, there are many markets in Lyon which can offer inspiration for a creative project or an interesting souvenir or gift to take home.

Head to the Quai de Romain Rolland every Sunday for the ‘Marché de la Création’ which is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every month, the best artists are chosen to display their painting and sculpting work in over 170 different stalls!

After your visit to the Quai Saint Antoine market, why not walk further along the Saône to the Quai de la Pêcherie for the ‘Marché aux Livres.’In this busy outdoor market, you can find second hand books, comics, postcards and many more individual items, perfect for delving into French literary culture! Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!

If you are a fan of vintage fashion, the ‘Marché de la Mode Vintage’ takes place once or twice each year, so it is worth regularly checking their site to ensure that you do not miss any events! Also, Lyon hosts many open-air second-hand clothes and antique markets called ‘brocantes,’ vide dressings’or ‘marchés aux puces’. These are often advertised on posters and banners across the city.


Tips | How to become a market shopping expert


  1. Browse before you buy! Don’t just settle for the first item you see, as it is likely that there will be a vendor selling the same but for cheaper just around the corner…
  2. Don’t be afraid to practice your French, but if the stall is busy it may suffice to just point at the item you would like to buy. The marketplace is also perfect for learning vocabulary, so set yourself a challenge and learn the French word and pronunciation for five unusual vegetables!
  3. Go later in the day. This may be great news for those who are not early risers, as sometimes it is better to head for the market towards closing time, as vendors are keen to sell their products and will lower their prices as a result!

 

Have a look at the list of markets on ‘Le Petit Paumé‘ for information on events and stalls around Lyon. The city hosts so many markets that it is possible to find one every day of the week!

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Driving in France: a survival guide!

You may already have a driving license from your home country and in that case, you don’t have to worry because it will be valid for a year in France. However, you will have to learn the weird French driving rules and if you stay longer than a year, you will have to pass the French driving test.


Some important rules to respect to drive in France


First of all, if you are from Britain, you probably already know that in France, we drive on the right. So you will have to adjust your driving. The second most important thing that foreigners need to know is the “priorité à droite”: you have to give the priority to every vehicle coming from the right, even if you are on the main road and you have to stop to let them pass. The only exceptions are when the vehicles on the right have a sign or a traffic light to stop them or when you are in a roundabout. Indeed, the roundabout functions in a different way: every vehicle coming from the left have the priority, that is to say, every driver that is already in the roundabout.
 
You have to respect the speed limit if you don’t want to get a massive fine! Usually, in towns, the speed limit is 50km/h or 30km/h if a speed limit sign is present, on road outside cities, it’s 80km/h, and on the highway, you can go to 130km/h. This is the usual rules, but you have to be attentive to the speed limit signs on the side of the roads.


Chez Nestor’s advices to drive in France


Sécurity #1

French people take road safety very seriously and that’s why authorities are more and more attentive about people’s driving habits. First, in France, you can’t drive without a license (obviously) and you can’t have one until you’re 18. Everyone has to wear a seatbelt in the car and children who are not yet 10 are not allowed to seat in the front seat.Drinking while driving is not allowed and there are more and more police checks. It’s strictly forbidden to drink alcohol for a young driver ( a person who has is driving licence since less than 3 years). But for a driver who has is driving licence since more than 3 years, he can have 0,2g/l of alcohol in his blood. : it means one drink. They make you blow in a breathalyzer to check your blood alcohol level. Now, it is obligatory to have in your car a warning triangle and a reflectorized jacket in case of accident.

Driving license #2

It is quite expensive to drive in France. First, the driving license can cost you around €1000 with the initial subscription, the driving code classes, driving lessons, the tests etc… So if you ever have to pass your driving license in France, I hope you are in a small town because they are usually cheaper than driving schools in big cities. And the other expensive thing in France is gas, so prepare your wallet if you have to fill up.
 
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