Author Archives: Rosemary Kneipp

Exchanging an Australian driver licence for a French licence

A driver licence issued by a country outside France is only recognised for one year once the person acquires “normal residence” in France, normal residence being defined as the place in which you live for at least six months (185 … Continue reading

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Lunch View – Vue de table

We celebrated Jean Michel’s birthday today at L’Orangerie in Blois and this was our view. Nous avons fêté l’anniversaire de Jean Michel aujourd’hui à l’Orangerie à Blois et voici la vue depuis notre table.

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Oyster Season Again – Les huîtres sont de retour

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Wait for the Ice Saints – Il faut attendre les saints de glace

There is a saying in France that you have to wait until after the ice saints – 11th, 12th and 13th May (Mamert, Pancrace and Servais) before you plants tomatoes and flowers like Busy Lilies. Well my tomatoes are fine … Continue reading

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Why must birth certificates in France be less than 3 months old?

Most foreigners living in France are asked at some stage to deliver a full birth certificate that is less than 3 months old. Why three months? If you’ve even seen a French birth certificate of someone who has been married, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2019

This is my absolute last chance to write my New Year post and wish you all a wonderful 2019, as tomorrow is the first day of February. I have an exciting year ahead – I am going to retire on … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – acte de naissance, extrait d’acte de naissance, copie intégrale, birth certificate, entry of births

In my work as a sworn translator in France, the document I am asked to translate and certify the most often is the birth certificate. In France, it comes by various names: acte de naissance, extrait d’acte de naissance, copie … Continue reading

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The Akubra Saviour

We’ve just arrived in Malta for a week of sun and exploring. It is 1°C when we leave Blois at 5.20 am and 15°C when we arrive in Valetta at 1 pm. After checking out our rental apartment, Marina View, … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – place, endroit, lieu

Place sounds like is would be an easy word to translate from French to English and vice-versa. Well, it isn’t. Only rarely does it mean the same thing in both languages. I can think of a couple of situations where … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2018

It’s nearly mid-January and I have only just found the time to write this new year post. Even though we have up until the end of January in France to do so, it’s still better to wish people a happy … Continue reading

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