- DONE - Fill out our applications for long stay visas
- DONE - Confirm our apartment in Paris (which is looking quite nice, actually)
- DONE - Buy health insurance
- DONE - Buy one-way airline tickets
- DONE - Collect our financial information
- DONE - Sign letters saying we will not work while living in France
- DONE - Fly to San Francisco to submit our applications in person
- DONE - Say goodbye to my wife's daughter and my brother and sister in law
- DONE - Buy a long term storage location
- DONE - Close on the house
- DONE - Manage the money so we can live overseas
- DONE - Drive to the south coast to say goodbye to my father and younger brother
- DONE - Move the few things we'll keep into aforementioned storage location
- DONE - Sell or give away everything else that needs to find a new home
- DONE - Pack and ship the few pieces of art and photographic 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.
I finally am beginning to feel like I'm retired. My wife and I just about weep, now, when we think about how this dream and new reality is manifesting itself.
To illustrate just how quickly things are moving, I asked a question to a mailing list I belong to. It regarded cheap cell phones and where to buy them in Paris. In minutes I had an answer with several outstanding options. After we land, it'll be easy to find a "pay as you go" inexpensive cell to carry while we're looking for our long term apartment.
Details. Details. Details. Very swiftly coming together. I'm just amazed.