Friday, July 17, 2020

Resident-of-Paris-for-another-year!

I've been UPSIDE DOWN this past week looking for lost and found bank statements, birth certificates, passport, proof of residence, etc GETTING MY DUCKS IN A ROW., Tuesday, 14 Juillet was Bastille day. My annual rendezvous(appointment) at the Prefecture de Police to renew my carte de sejour  was Wednesday SO I CAN STAY IN PARIS. Naturally banks are closed Monday, Tuesday. Naturally I'm missing my January statement (You need justificatifs proving you're solvent to stay in France. Wednesday morning is VISA DAY. I ran to the copyshop (everything must be in duplicate) and bank (their wifi was super slow) before my 10:45 appointment. Hell's bells.
Fortification required - a pavé chocolat la Maison d'Isabelle (for inquiring minds).
Crossing bridges as usual to get to the Prefecture on Cité..
Pandemonium reignes at  Place Louis Lepine. Much more crowded than usual.
Once inside you go to Salle 3 and wait. Others waiting were wearing crosses. I was wearing my lucky dice bracelet and horseshoe necklace. Covered. To boot when my No# came up it was 17...very lucky, but they don't let you keep it. Its part of the paperwork.
The dice, horseshoe and No#17 paid off. I got a really nice guy who spoke perfect English when necessary. We started exchanging papers. I handed him the letter of proof of habitation from my landlord. He said, "Oh you don't need that. That's only for people not paying any rent." I said, "Oh can you please arrange that? He laughed :)) Ice broken. We were off and running, joking about robbing a bank (ref. to Netflix's, Money Heist  - they rob the Royal Mint of Spain). Talking about possible vacations in italy or Greece with the dough. People who work at the Prefecture don't have much fun, so I let him cut up my passport photos with his little red kiddie scissors.
Everything went swimmingly.
HALLELUJAH!
Notre Dame is fittingly located a block away from the Prefecture. The French set up a viewing area with posters explaining the 3 portals and kid's drawings of Notre Dame.
I will prepare ahead for next year. Famous last words.
TMI (too much boring information dear PBers!)
Thank you dear Prefecture de Police and THANK YOU very dear PBers for letting Bear be a Resident-in-Paris-for-another-year PLEASE STAY WELL!! XXX

50 comments:

Bonelle said...

SO glad it went well...of course you just charmed your way through it...glad you got a guy...you flirt!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Getting a guy makes a Huge difference its true.
Les femme are more detailed-oriented and less easily charmed. OK never in my experience.

Dorothy said...

The process of renewing your Carte de Séjour is so interesting. Did the long lines of people make you late for your appointment?

Parisbreakfasts said...

Its very interesting once its over...Not late. You waited on line until 15 minutes before appt., then went to the front and moved to another shorter line. Pretty efficient in fact.

Lara said...

Being French, do they expect you to be a half hour late?? I’m sure that pavé chocolat pastry...and your lucky charms helped!

Parisbreakfasts said...

I think its Brazil where you Must show up late.
Never with french beauracracy...I cant even spell it. Off with her head!

Seahorsey19 said...

Well done! Congratulations!

LuLu LoLo said...

Wonderful! Congratulations! so happy for you and for me more posts and letters from Paris Breakfast

joyfulartist said...

Congratulations! I have been watching a Series called Escape to the Chateau about a British family moving to France and renovating an 18th century chateau, It's crazy but entertaining. Maybe you could visit ot some summer.

La Table De Nana said...

OK..get a file folder and right this minute put everything together and tuck it in a drawer.Promise? lol?

Yay for you..and us.

Joel said...

Congratulations - what would we do without your lovely posts to brighten our days? Dreaming of being able to travel again, to see places I love....

Unknown said...

Congratulations and very good news for us, to have more Stories and Art from you in Paris over the next year x

Miggsy Howard said...

Congratulations! Another year of wonderful watercolors and pics of Paris!

Suki said...

Yea, we would all be desole if they ousted you, - how would we get our regular Paris fixes. So glad we can look forward to another year of you & Bear & gay Paree.

Jeanie said...

Well done! I'm so glad you'll be able to stay put and what a bonus, getting someone who was a good civil servant! Three cheers!

Dennis said...

I’m so glad your Paris residency is good for another year. My mornings would not be the same without you and bear sharing your adventures. Your posts are the next best thing to being there.

Bev said...

Sooooohappyyou survived it all.
We are the ones who won the most. We will continue to have your art and thoughts from Paris.

Noelle said...

I’m so grateful that you shared your story. I’m glad that you got a good guy at the prefecture. I thought you got your French passport.
Can you get a permanent residence card?
I’m so impressed with your move to Paris and watching your career grow and grow.

Suzy said...

Ha! Your TMI brought me back 50 to running around Normandie for my carte de sejour as an assistante americaine who taught English in a French lycee. There is a very funny Asterix film from that era about les fonctionnaires and all the red tape.
Recently I purchased Notre-Dame starry night from you…it’s framed and lovely.
Merci, Toute mes felicitations

Parisbreakfasts said...

Ah...thank you Suzy
And Bear thanks you ;))

Penelope said...

It sounded like a huge amount of work to renew your carte de sejour.
Happily, you get to stay in Paris another year and your fans will all be able to enjoy another year of your wonderful, generous, creative and fun Paris Breakfasts. Thanks for sharing your talent and Paris.

Meredith mullins said...

Good work. I always used to get very nervous on prefecture day. Now, with my 10-year card, I don’t have to get nervous until 2025. Oops. I just made myself nervous by thinking about it.

Parisbreakfasts said...

It is still nerve wracking but they have stream-lined the process so you are not waiting hours and hours. They tripled the price also to pay for more workers? Still a cauchmare..
A 10-year visa...thats a dream.

Judy H said...

Congrats for getting that over with!
Stay healthy!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Now if i can finally get to the pool today !!!

Cathye said...

Well, I, for one, loved your adventure. The photos & your painting at the beginning,
Thanks from the US

Tammara said...

I have been a subscriber for quite some time now. Perhaps I missed it, if it is there, on your site, information telling how you got to be in Paris since you are a expat, as most expats have a bit of history as to how they arrived there in the first place, thanks lots.

Parisbreakfasts said...

For that story you will have to wait for the book..I hope it doesnt take too long...

Linda W said...

Charming post!
Your wit is delightful Thank you

Lynn S said...

Was Bear’s paperwork as complicated?

Parisbreakfasts said...

Bear is a natural born Frenchman.
No paperwork for him !

TV said...

Carol. so happy you have another year in Paris. Your emails are especially great during the lock down and travel prohibition, missing Paris very much

Paula said...

Very clever! Congratulations! I am looking forward to another year with you

Renée said...

Félicitations à vous Madame! J’aime bien recevoir de vos nouvelles !

Laura c said...

Glad you're safe for another year

GwenEllyn said...

A delightful read about a somewhat harrowing experience! I'm so glad you had some fun with the guy. Enjoy Paris for another year and I hope to enjoy it vicariously through your Paris Breakfasts!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Me too laura

Lynn C said...

Congratulations. Glad u are there for another year.

Cornelia E said...

Congratulations/felicitations for getting it all done! WooHOO

Ann in Dallas said...

CONGRATULATIONS! You Did It! Looking forward to seeing another year in Paris with you!
Stay Well and Safe!

Maria Russell said...

❤️BEAR❤️ est un français de souche? Congratulations, Carol!
Cheerios always,
Maria

Miles Noodlehead said...

Yay!! many more wonderful French paintings in our future

Chyio said...

I went with a friend of mine once...I remember staying with her days before. She was tense. She was hyper focused on having every paper in order, in duplicate with the looming fear that if one piece was missing or not to their satisfaction she’d be sent home to try again………I went with her to that same Prefecture on Cite to provide moral support. It was a long wait. I remember the room. I remember seeing some others before being rejected because they were missing something. I also remember at least one other American who came with her consultant (probably attorney). When it was over and she had been successful the change in her mood was palpable. It was if she could breathe again, the dark cloud was gone and the sun was able to shine through.
That you did it with your charm and presence speaks volumes ! You get another year! You get Paris without all of us tourists!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thank you, thank you Chiyo!
I dont think you did tell me this story. It is stressful, very stressful. I'm still not myself yet but the wait is much shorter these days because of more staff. They also raised the cost. A lot.

Parisbreakfasts said...

I used to go with my lawyer...till I figured out I could DIY. That was a big day. That was also the day I stapled papers together instead of using PAPERCLIPS! A Big no no I survived ;) These days you can not bring anyone cos os Covid

Debbie R said...

Carol, you must be relieved that you made it for another year. I can see how stressful that would be.

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O. said...

Did I understand correctly that your queueing number was also required to be handed in with the rest of the papers? :O I've heard some incredible stories about French bureaucracy from friends who've lived there but that really takes the biscuit!

As someone living in a country where a lot of official things are done online and there's a central register of population (so you don't have to provide officials with proof of your address etc. separately), it is facinating to me to hear about the systems elsewhere.

Joyce Hobbs said...

Great news as WE get another year of you sharing with us. Thank you!!

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