Last Saturday, May 25, Jeff and I celebrated the one-year anniversary of the day that we left the United States for Europe. It amazes me to think that we’ve spent a full year of many years to come in our new European home. Here’s a photo tour of some of the places we’ve been in the last year – if you’d like to read a little more, click on the links and they’ll take you to the blog posts I’ve written about some of these beautiful places.

Below: Copenhagen May 26 – June 22, 2018

Below: Odense, Denmark – June 23 – June 26, 2018

Below: The island of Ærø, Denmark, June 26 – June 30, 2018

Below: Aarhus, Denmark, June 30 – July 4, 2018

Below: Edinburgh, July 3 – July 9, 2018

Below: Keswick, in England’s North Lake District, July 9 – July 13, 2018

Below: York, England, July 13 – July 20, 2018

Below: London, July 20 – July 30, 2018

Below: Carcassonne, July 30, 2018 through now!

Below: Bergen and Oslo, Norway, Aug. 7 – Aug. 12, 2018

Below: Nice, France, Sept. 3 – 5, 2018

Below: Avignon, France, March 16 – March 18, 2019

Below: Limoux, France, for Carnival, March 30, 2019
Below: Gruissan, France, on the Mediterranean, April 1, 2019

Below: Geneva, April 8-10, 2019

Below: Annecy, France, April 10 – April 14, 2019
Below: Leucate, France, on the Mediterranean, to dine at the outstanding summer “pop up” restaurant Le Poulpe, May 26, 2019.



  • David Lincoln Ross says:

    Congrats on one year!

  • Charlène says:

    We are planning a move as well. In fact there is a house in Carcasonne that we have made an offer on. Would you be so kind as to tell me what the visa process was ( I have a British passport and speak French and my husband is a USA citizen and speaks English)
    If you could direct me to the eight resources for longer term visas i would be grateful.
    Thanks a lot

    • Vibeke Arentz says:

      Bonjour, Charlène, and thank you for your message. We hired Inimex, an agency based in Nice, to help us apply for and obtain our first one-year visas, and we also recently hired them again to assist us with our renewal for our second year. They were incredibly helpful and in our opinion, their fees were reasonable. Here is their contact information:
      Anna Baumont
      WhatsApp + 33768152300

      Where are you located, and are you in the U.S.? If you are in the U.S. and would like to do it on your own, the first thing to do is to find the French consulate that is closest to you, and then go to their website and find the list of required documents. We applied at the French consulate in San Francisco, and even though we did hire Inimex, we felt that the consulate’s list of documents and requirements was very thorough and helpful.

      Another thing that people ask me about is the one-year insurance policy that is required to apply for your visa. Inimex recommended that we purchase our one-year Assur-Travel insurance policy from Mutuaide Assistance. We chose their “Confort” plan. One of their websites is
      Another is
      They also provide an email address:
      The policy cost us a little more than $500 each for the full year. It’s very basic, and it meets the visa requirements.

      Where about in Carcassonne is the house on which you made the offer? Next time you’re in Carcassonne it would be very nice to meet up.
      Feel free to let me know if you have additional questions.
      Most kind regards, Vibeke