Paperwork… in Rambouillet.

Our ‘titre de séjour’ (resident permits) with our new address are ready to be picked up and for some reason we now have to fetch it at the préfecture in Rambouillet and not in Versailles. I don’t really mind, just a good excuse to see another place. For Danie it is a bit more difficult, because Versailles is on his way to work and Rambouillet is exactly in the opposite direction.
Yesterday I went to fetch mine and tried to get Danie’s as well, but this little card is too important to be given to somebody else. : ) He has to go himself… in person. : )

Rambouillet is about 30km South-West from us, so with the help of my GPS I drove to the address of the Hotel de Ville as there is a parking area. What I didn’t know was that Wednesday is market day in Rambouillet, and the parking was filled with vegetables, chickens, books and more. Not really a problem, I found a parking spot close by and could also browse through the market.

Hotel de Ville of Rambouillet

market day

I walked down Rue du Général de Gaulle

This street is filled with stree cafés , chocolatiers, boulangeries and boucheries…

all the way down to the préfécture at the bottom of the road

A quick stroll in the park where you can see that autumn is here…

and then to the beautiful Château de Rambouillet, which is the summer residence of the president of France.

The president’s backyard and garden…

The guards were not on duty, so I don’t think Monsieur Hollande is in Rambouillet at the moment… : )

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A wedding in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

In September we drove down to Corrèze for the wedding of Chris and Marinelle. A special day for them and for all of us. We know Marinelle since she was a pretty little girl in South-Africa and now she is a beautiful young woman, living in France. The weather was wonderful, the church was in the picturesque little town, Le Pescher, and the celebrations in a fairytale castle just outside Beaulieu.
The bride looked stunning, the groom looked handsome, the decorations were lovely and the food too good to even try to describe. My photographs are not good enough to really show you how wonderful it was, but this is unfortunately all I can share with you…

Beaulieu is about 500km south of Paris. A nice weekend trip. The children were ready with their technology to make the drive less boring… while I am trying to tell them to look outside and see France! Each McDonalds stop has two purposes: to fill the stomachs and to use the free WiFi to fill the ‘technologies’. : )

ready to go…

 driving on new roads and seeing new road signs…

and the wedding…

the church in Le Pescher…

the proud father next to the bride…
and Leandri, Marinelle’s younger sister and one of the bridesmaids… also a beautiful young woman today…

i do… and then they signed…

the Algeras waiting for the newly weds…

the van Wyk family…

And then we followed them through the pretty little village while the photographer was taking pictures.
let’s go… follow me : )

following…

Château Du Doux… we spent the afternoon in the garden, appreciating the view…

the father of the bride kept the children busy, playing petanque.

now who won?

the lovely couple opened the dance floor…

the day was not over yet, as the sun set we went inside for a wonderful dinner…

leaving, looking back once more…

Please visit Ronelle’s blog (the mother of the bride) to see some beautiful photographs.
http://myfrenchkitchen.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/a-fairytale-french-wedding/

By ButterflyHands Posted in Paris

Getting the paperwork done.

To be the ‘foreigners’ in a country involves a lot of paperwork, and this is a yearly thing, which takes a few months to finalize and then you start all over again. Luckily we still have the ladies from VIP Resources to help us with this. Still we have to be there ourselves to hand in forms or collect something and of course this involves waiting in a queue.

Here, each department has a ‘préfecture‘ where all this paperwork is done. The préfecture for Val D’Oise, where we lived initially, was in our town, which made it easier. We came with a one year visa and after one year we received a resident permit for the next year, but… just as that was done, we moved to a different department. Now we are in Yvelines and we have to change our permits again. First you receive temporary permits and then after a few weeks you have to get in the queue again to get the permanent permits. I have to say that when you get to the front of the queue, it goes quickly. The people who work there know what they’re doing.

The préfecture for Yvelines is situated in Versailles, which isn’t bad at all. You look down the road and see the château de Versailles. So, I thought that ‘while I’m there’ I could have a quick visit again.

Etrangers – foreigners – that’s us, but then we are thankful when we see how many people are in the queue asking for asile – asylum!

The prefecture isn’t a very impressive building, but it is just opposite the beautiful Hotel de Ville of Versailles. (That would be the municipality)

Last time we visited Versailles it was in January in the middle of winter and we also couldn’t go into the top floor of the main building. Because it was winter, there were no flowers in the gardens. Those were the reasons that I thought maybe I should pop in again. : )
It is almost the end of the tourist season, but at 10 o’clock in the morning there were so many people! You just walk along with the masses. Everybody is taking photographs and trying to pose in front of something gold or glittery. So, maybe it is not a bad idea at all to go in January in 5 degrees.
But still, it is something to see. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to walk through that building all on your own… and with no camera.

What made this visit worthwhile was an exhibition by Joana Vasconcelos. Interesting is the only way I can describe it. : )

pots and pans…

a lot of needlework and crochet…

and more in gold

marble statues covered in crochet…

and the pink helicopter… these ostrich feathers must be from South Africa. : )

and some for the garden as well

the gardens in September

I think I have seen enough of château de Versailles for now. Too many people and too expensive… but… maybe if someone visits and wants to see it… maybe I’ll join them once more…