Monthly Archives: October 2011

Marseille – The Arrival

The post title is taken from the name of the first chapter of Alexander Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo. I believe we will fare better than Edmond Dantès.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Ze papers

Our first run at getting the visas began early in the year, on February 2. Not surprisingly, our applications were incomplete: the French officials claimed the documents  permitting the boys to live in France were insufficient. We would have to go to court to get a more specific order. In addition, we did not yet have a place to live: a definitive address is a requirement for visa approval. Continue Reading

On the road

But not quite like Jack Kerouac. After completing all paperwork for our long stay visas at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. , we had some time on our hands: the response time from the Embassy for a oui or non was at least two weeks. Rather than further test the patience of relatives, Annie… Continue Reading