Well, that was fast.
Our house sold in just 7 days. In this market? Well, we must've been under-priced. By a LOT. Still, it meets our financial goals so everything works out.
All that's left to do now is...
- Fill out our applications for long stay visas
- Confirm our apartment in Paris (which is looking quite nice, actually)
- Buy health insurance
- Buy one-way airline tickets
- Collect our financial information
- Sign letters saying we will not work while living in France
- Fly to San Francisco to submit our applications in person
- Say goodbye to my wife's daughter and my brother and sister in law
- Buy a long term storage location
- Close on the house
- Manage the money so we can live overseas
- Drive to the south coast to say goodbye to my father and younger brother
- Move the few things we'll keep into aforementioned storage location
- Sell or give away everything else that needs to find a new home
- Pack and ship the few pieces of art and tools we like and need
- Land in Paris
- Perform a walk-through of the apartment with the owners so we can all confirm it's current condition
- Submit our request to be seen by the immigration doctors
- Wait for our long stay visa sticker
- Start the search for a long term apartment (something closer to what we can afford forever)
- Receive our long stay visa sticker for our passports
- Move to the new apartment before Bastille Day
- Unpack (again) and settle in
- Integrate into French culture and society
- Live like we're actually fully retired. Finally. After 30 years of work.
That's all that's left to be done. Really not much, eh?
Have I mentioned how tired I am just thinking about it? Have I also mentioned just how exciting it is to actually begin a new life in such an amazing city?