This is not really a question about paying. I love your blog by the way. I am a total Francophile, I have been in love with France and French history ever since I was a little girl, and actually I think I influenced my children. Eeek. One of my daughters has taken 8 years of French and is now in Lyon getting ready to move there to get her Masters. THAT’S Living Vicariously.
Okay, so here are my questions!
1) I am getting ready to send a package to her as a surprise and besides ranch dressing, cinnamon gum and Starburst candy, can you think of anything fun to send that you can’t get in France that your American ex-pat friends whine about?
2) She is spending time with her boyfriends family and they are picking up all the expenses for her I think. I don’t want to be crass and offer money, but would like to at least buy them a gift to show my appreciation. Any ideas?
3) How hard is it for her as a visiting tourist to get her prescription (from America) refilled for birth control pills? Can she go to a pharmacy and show them her pink pack and pay for a refill or ? I would send them to her, but I read on the customs tag that I can’t send prescriptions in without some sort of license from the French Ministry. She is a little shy about asking without knowing what the answer might be.
She is visiting, not living yet, so does not have a doctor or anything like that.
So, I’m not becoming lazy, but after thinking for a little while about those questions, I realized that the only way I can answer them is by asking American expats I know. But instead asking them offline and then writing the answers they gave me here, I thought it’d be more fun to ask the readers that live in France to answer those.
But of course, before that I’ll still give my “answers”:
1) Well, when my American friends tell me they miss this or that type of food from the US, I just look at them as if they were lunatics and forget right away they told me such a ludicrous thing. How can anyone in their right mind miss any food from the US? Seriously?
2) Back in the days (like 20 years ago… but blogs didn’t exist then, and I didn’t know much about multiculturalism and the US) I would have told you something that one cannot find in France. But nowadays, except for some foods, I don’t think there’s anything in the US that one can find in a store and that doesn’t in France. So the best thing to do would be to ask your daughter about what her hosts like, and send them that. (a few weeks ago there were a similar question btw)
3) No, you cannot get medicine in France with an American prescription (same as you cannot get medicine in the US with a French prescription). So the best thing to do is to bring your own prescription medicine with you (if you don’t tell the customs, they won’t know). Or else she can go see a French doctor, and ask him/her to write a prescription for that type of pill (showing them your own prescription and all).
Now dear US expat readers, fill free to add in what you want.