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Profiles in Franceformation is the podcast where we hear from inspiring people who have pursued their dream of moving to France. We learn about why they moved, how they overcame the challenges they faced, and what they love - and hate - about living in France. I hope that hearing their stories can help you to pursue your dreams and maybe, your very own Franceformation.
 
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Welcome to Episode #25 of Profiles in Franceformation. I’m your host, Allison Grant Lounes and this week, one year after our initial interview, I speak again with Richard Nahem, Paris tour guide and creator of Eye Prefer Paris. This week, we talk about how Paris has changed since Covid, how tourism has been bouncing back and the new project he has …
 
Welcome to Episode #24 of the Profiles in Franceformation Podcast. I’m your host Allison Grant Lounes. In this episode I interviewed Francie Plough Seder who was born in the US and has lived half her life in the States and the other half in France. As a result, her development of cross-cultural awareness has been both empirical and professional. Fr…
 
In this episode, I interview Suzanne Grosso Vidal, who first moved to France in 1992 with her French husband. After having two children in France and living in 5 other countries, she returned to France to be with her daughter, and had to start the immigration process over from the beginning. In this episode, she shares with us what it was like to l…
 
In this episode, I spoke with Geneva based therapist, Kristin Duncombe. Kristin followed her husband, an Italian Argentinian doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières to East Africa and then to Paris, where she began a thriving therapy practice, counseling other trailing spouses living in France for their partner's career. After 10 years in Paris she re…
 
In this episode, I talk with my longtime friend, Lisa Czarina Michaud about how she moved to France after leaving a career in fashion, by doing everything backwards. Now she lives in a village near Fontainebleau, and just released her first novel, Slanted and Disenchanted. We talk about how she went from making ends meet in a tiny studio in the Mar…
 
Welcome to Episode 20 of Profiles in Franceformation. In this episode, I speak to Jen Lesaigle, who has lived all over the world and settled in France with her French husband, many years after they originally met and lost touch. We jumped right in talking about her adventures, navigating OFII during COVID and she'll share how she started a pet conc…
 
In this episode, I spoke with Zachary Miller, who moved to France with his French wife for a year in 1990 to write the Great American Novel - and never left. When they decided to stay in Paris and he discovered he couldn’t continue to practice psychology, Zachary pitched a television series to the French television channel, Arte, about American Jaz…
 
In this special bonus episode of Profiles in Franceformation, our online business manager Chelley Wild interviews Your Franceformation's creator, Allison Grant Lounes, to talk about how she first moved to France, the challenges she faced when she first arrived, and what inspired her to start helping others make the move. Allison Grant Lounes is a c…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Ricky Glass, co-founder of Colorado Craft Beverage based out of Paris. Their craft hard seltzer, Snowmelt, was the first to launch in France in late 2020. Prior to founding a successful business in France, Ricky fell in love with France during a high school trip, before attending business school at the Ecole Supérie…
 
Today my guest is Nicola Rose, an actor, film producer and director whose films include Creative Block; Gabrielle; and Goodbye; Petrushka. While currently living in the US, Nicola has previously lived in Paris twice and she hopes to move back to France one day. Today, we’ll hear about Nicola’s experiences in France including: How a spur of the mome…
 
In today's episode, we’ll be speaking to Summer Jauneaud, an American expat from Los Angeles living in the town of Amboise, located in the Loire Valley of France. Summer is the Loire Valley Concierge. She and her friend, Christy, also have a YouTube Channel called FrenchDish, in which they share their love for the country and the “joie de vivre'' o…
 
Today we are talking to Shannon Pratuch, an American expat in France who splits her time between Paris and Brittany. Shannon runs the successful instagram account and blog, This French Life. You can hear how much joy she has for France just by listening to this episode! We’ll learn: About her first trip to Paris and how she fell in love with the ci…
 
Today, David Sargent is going to tell us about his experience moving to France from the US over 15 years ago as the spouse of a French citizen, and his experiences adapting to living and working in France. We’re going to learn about: How his job at a technology company was able to transfer David to France and what type of work contract was needed. …
 
Our conversation with Annie Sargent is actually broken into two episodes, so be sure to continue listening along to Episode #13 with Annie to hear more about her podcast including: Her recommendations of places to visit within France. How she created a cookbook and tested recipes with the help of her podcast listeners. What types of foods she misse…
 
Today, Annie Sargent she tells us about her journey from France, to Utah, and back to France again. We’ll learn about her experiences in the US and in France including: Why she moved to Utah and her experience living in the US as a technical translator. What prompted her move back to France and the impact the move had on her family, including her y…
 
In today’s episode, we chat about the details of that life-changing move to France, as well as how Richard created his business Eye Prefer Paris and integrated into French culture. We also learn: What sort of challenges Richard faced when moving to France and integrating into the culture. How Richard started his business in France and how he has ma…
 
Welcome to Episode 10 of Profiles in Franceformation. I’m your host, Allison Grant Lounes, and today, my guest is Mundey Young, founder of Mundey Young Coaching. She is a US Air Force veteran, mother, wife and entrepreneur who has been coaching people from around the world for 9 years. While she’s originally from the States, she has been living in …
 
In Episode 8 of Profiles in Franceformation, I interviewed Sandy Anderson, a retired English teacher who is a fellow graduate of the Middlebury College French School, which I also attended. Sandy, an American, was born in Ontario, Canada, went to school in Jamaica, and considers herself a “third culture kid,” as she grew up without the same cultura…
 
Welcome to Episode 7 of Profiles in Franceformation! I’m your host, Allison Grant Lounes. In this episode, I interview Suzanne White, an American woman who came to Paris from Buffalo, New York, at age 22, in 1961. Suzanne is the author of a book called The New Chinese Astrology and a memoir about her life in France entitled Unmitigated Gaul, both o…
 
Welcome to Episode 6 of Profiles in Franceformation. I’m your host, Allison Grant Lounes, and this week, my guest is Brian Jones. Brian is originally from Michigan and moved to a village near Rennes in Brittany, France, in 2019 with his French wife. Initially, he worked as a technical mechanic at nuclear plants, and now, he restores artisanal furni…
 
This week's episode is with guest Almenia Garvey, an American woman from North Carolina and Chicago, who asked her job to transfer her and moved to Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France with her husband and two children in 2017. The best part of her story is that at all started long ago because she took a wrong turn one day and ended up standing in front o…
 
Today I'm here with Karen Kriebl, an American entrepreneur from Hawaii who moved to France in 2017. Her business living a French life as an e commerce site selling vintage French treasures. And her mission is to share the beauty of France through her online shop of vintage treasures and French lifestyle essentials. She's located in the countryside …
 
5 years in the future, you’re in France, living your dream life. What are 3 things that you’re doing in your life and career? Now, the reality is that creating these dreams IS possible, and it’s possible in France. And if you haven’t figured out how, yet, it’s not your fault. It’s that French bureaucracy is notoriously difficult to navigate, and wh…
 
Michael Olenick is an attorney and financial researcher who was living near Parkland, Florida, with his wife and 6-year-old daughter when the mass shooting in Newtown, CT claimed the lives of 20 first grade children and 6 adults. He and his wife decided shortly after that shooting to relocate to France, so Michael took a job with INSEAD Business Sc…
 
In Episode 2 of Profiles in Franceformation with Morgane Walesh, we talked about how she came to France initially as a student to study French, and then, after the birth of her daughter, switched her visa status. She now works as a "local recruit" English teacher with TAPIF, the Teaching Assistant Program in France. In this episode, I outline and e…
 
Morgan Walesh came to France from Wisconsin and has been living in the 5th arrondissement of Paris for 7 years. Originally a nursing graduate, she came to teach English with TAPIF (the Teaching Assistant Program in France), and switched her visa when her daughter, Jayce, was born a few years later. Unable to work as a nurse in France, she instead w…
 
In Episode 1 of Profiles in Franceformation, I spoke with my guest Harriet Welty-Rochefort about her life in France, and we talked about how easy it was for her to get work and a French residency permit as an American in France in the late 1960s. However, despite living in France, she was unable to become a naturalized French citizen until 1996, wh…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Profiles in Franceformation! In this podcast, we talk to people who have followed their dream of moving to France, from why they moved to what challenges they faced, to what they love about living in France - and what annoys them even after so many years of living here. In this episode, I spoke to Harriet Welty-Roche…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Profiles in Franceformation, with your host, Allison Grant Lounes. I’m a Franceformation consultant and immigration specialist who has been helping people move to France since I began writing about it in 2011. I’m known for my comprehensive visa guide, Foolproof French Visas, and for my Franceformation method, a uniq…
 
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