My First Week-End in France as an Expat

Posted on 16. May, 2011 by in Europe Travel, expat France, Expat Life, France

After a frantic week mostly spent packing, moving, crying and sleeping on my couch in Montreal, I finally made it to the airport on Friday afternoon, ready for my 7PM flight. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

Flying Air Transat for the first time...

While I was checking in, I learned that my flight was delayed to 9PM. Oh well, I thought. 2 hours isn’t that bad, my mom will be happy to spend some extra time with me (and that left me with enough time to enjoy one last iced cappuccino at Tim Hortons. Can’t take the Canadian out, eh!).

And then, at around 8, my flight was further delayed to 11. And of course, at 11, it was delayed to 12:30… and then finally to 1:30. I was exhausted at that point and felt slightly irritated by the situation, not only because of the considerable delays but also because of the complete lack of information, mixed with the surprise last-minute gate change and the total absence of compensation. I had really high expectations because I had heard only great things about Air Transat, but really, that experience was extremely disappointing.

After a smooth and sleepy flight (I fell asleep watching Harry Potter, how exhausted was I?), I landed in Lyon, excited to see my fiancé for the first time in months. We explored the historic center of Lyon during the afternoon and ate really, really great sushi for dinner, which was served with semi-pornographic sake. Not bad for a first official meal in France!


Semi-pornographic sake, my first pain au chocolat and my first white wine cheers!


Early on Sunday, we boarded the TER train to Clermont-Ferrand, my last stop on the itinerary.  After a short cab ride, I dropped my luggage at my new apartment and explored the beautiful city, knowing I had all the time I needed ahead of me to get to know it. I had my first pain au chocolat and glass of white wine. Now I need to buy a béret and a baguette… will get on that later. Even though it’s only been two days, I have to say…

J’aime la France!

Standing in front of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption



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8 Responses to “My First Week-End in France as an Expat”

  1. Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]

    16. May, 2011


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  2. melodie

    16. May, 2011

    Super! Je sens l’enthousiasme dans tes paroles :-) Je ne savais pas que ton copain était déjà là-bas!! Il fait donc l’éclaireur depuis quelques semaines déjà pour les meilleurs boulangeries et pâtisseries ? :-)

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    • Marie

      17. May, 2011

      En fait il est plutôt casanier - je me charge de trouver les pâtisseries, et ça me fait plaisir! :P

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  3. Erika

    16. May, 2011

    Welcome!!! Looking forward to your updates :)

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  4. Annie

    17. May, 2011

    Yay!! Enjoy your first week in France!!

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  5. Lauren

    20. May, 2011

    I am so happy for you!! I can’t wait to read about all your adventures in France :)

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