For those contemplating a move to Grenoble from abroad in the near future, it is my great pleasure to recommend the Moon Living Abroad guide to France, written by Aurelia d’Andrea. With advice on visa applications, finance, employment, education, accommodation and healthcare in L’Hexagone, as well as more local knowledge on eating out, public transport and resources for expats, the book provides a refreshing alternative to travel guides for those anticipating longer stays in the country. People preparing a move to France for professional reasons, particularly those intending to bring their family with them for example, will find Moon Living Abroad in France an invaluable initial source of information.
Any such guide book is necessarily general in part as it cannot provide solutions for every imaginable need for people planning a move abroad. This one concentrates on six regional centres of economic activity in which expatriated English speakers are most likely to find themselves, of which Grenoble and Lyon comprise a chapter together. Yet it covers the essential in a helpful and practical way, with handy guides to language and etiquette in addition to crucial details for parents and pet-owners. Aurelia d’Andrea’s France is not overly romanticized, but neither is it impersonal, she lists her own idiosyncratic French loves while enlisting the local knowledge of expats on the ground.
As if to prove the Moon Living Abroad in France as a whole has its finger on the pulse, the Lyon & Grenoble chapter features references to Grenoble Life itself and a testimony from one of our most valued contributors, Christina Rebuffet-Broadus, as well as references to our friends at WWNG, Open House, France-Etats Unis and The Bookworm Café. Moreover, it is refreshingly honest about Grenoble in the sense that a local resident like myself can recognize the city from its descriptions, a sign that the guide has been well researched.