Dec
20

Ben & Jerry’s at Paris

Ben and Jerry’s at Paris

After some years away from the direct source, I finally found by accident a dedicated Ben & Jerry’s store in the Sixth Arrondissement. After some googleing there appear to be even some more around: http://www.benjerry.fr/ou-nous-trouver/boutiques/category/paris

Now I’m waiting for spring and summer :-)

Dec
20

Tabi socks – I like

Tabi Socks

Tabi Socks

Well-worn flip flops

Well-worn flip flops

Comfy Combination

Comfy Combination

As I wear flip flops at home as to not having to walk directly on the cold floor, I always found the combination with socks a good idea for winter. But now I found those comfy Tabi socks today, so it is even more comfy. So for all the flip flop lovers out there, if you don’t know what to buy “yourself” for christmas. Cheers, Trutz

Oct
11

BNP Paribas – My new nemesis

Bonjour,
when we arrived in Paris start of September, we did what everyone does, who starts to live in a new country: We opened a bank account. One might think that in the 21st century this would work out without problems, BUT this is not so. To open a bank account, you need to have some proof that you are actually living at the French address you supplied, e.g. a bill for electricy BUT to pay the bill you need a French bank account. You see where this leads to. Know I know why Goscinny thought up the task Find Permit A 38 in “The Place That Sends You Mad” in the Asterix animated movie “The twelve Tasks”. Well, it seemed that a household insurance paid with the German Visa Card worked for the first steps BUT when we tried to retrieve the new banking cards they told us that there was something missing with our papers. As this could be solved by providing a electricity bill that arrived in the mean time, we were told to wait another week for the cards to be ready. Well, waiting was okay although you can’t buy a French mobile without a banking card as this serves as proof that you have a bank account. BUT after having been told to wait some more time for 3 weeks in a row due to some shabby excuses by the nice BNP service people (a.k.a. minions of the devil that try to make you crazy) and no solution in the end, we are now looking forward to work with Credit Lyonnais to see if the notion of ”customer service” is known in the French banking sector (The head of my company doesn’t think so, and he is French and should know).
Toujours à votre disposition, Trutz

Oct
11

Bonjour de Paris

Bonjour à tous,
we have moved to Paris, so a new chapter begins and we will see what adventures will arrive in this awesome city. So I’ll try now to update the blog on a more than yearly basis ;-) In case you don’t know what to do with your remaining holidays the next two years (so far we plan to stay two years), feel invited to stay at our place.
A+,
Trutz

Dec
31

Happy and prosperous 2009!

I wish you a happy and fullfilling 2009!

Cheers,
Trutz

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