I now know what it’s like to be an absentee owner while renovation is taking place in a distant location. When the Acte de Vente on my Nice apartment was signed and the contractor I had chosen began to put to use the 30% advance payment I had made to begin the work, I woke in a sweat worried that he would abscond with my money and do nothing in the apartment, or worse, make a mess of it.
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Many brides around the world dream about one day getting married in the utmost romantic place that France is. But when you're in the midst of the process, you realize there is a significant amount of extremely-unromantic paperwork needed to accomplish this.
Paris is not always like its stereotypical images... I don't want to ruin it for first-time visitors, but after 3 years living in Paris, my ex-pat eyes still catch things that surprise me... Sometimes Paris is just like its stereotypes, it's even hard to believe how true it is!