I thought it would be very easy to get an apartment in Annecy, France but although I show I have the money for rent to pay for the year I don’t have a contract with a company in France so real estate agencies won’t rent an apartment to me for a year. So I’ve been bouncing from hotel to hotel. I even caught myself going back on Airbnb to look for a place. After having a Airbnb horror story 2 years ago (I wrote about it in this blog) I promised never to use Airbnb again). But here I am…
On Airbnb home owners can declined your request to rent for any reason and there’s not a lot of rules for the home owner. I had a owner cancel my trip a day before it was scheduled because she changed her mind about having my dog in her place. One Airbnb that I stayed at had camera’s in the living room and I had to ask what it was, in order for them to turn the cameras around. The owners stopped by at any moment. But on Airbnb the home owner can decline your request for unknown reasons like your race, your dog or your negative past reviews that are lasting.
One home owner recently said her studio was booked suddenly after we were going back and forth about pricing And on her last message to me she put her work title in her signature randomly. She listed herself as an executive manager of some fancy hotel. Then the next day she asked if I wanted to have lunch with her. I am not going to pass an interview for housing, sorry. Not for a small studio maybe for a penthouse on the top of the Eiffel Tower. Of course there are no penthouses on top of the Eiffel Tower (yet) but wouldn’t that be great.
So much of this is racial I feel it would be a lot easier if my Airbnb profile picture was a Jennifer Lawrence look alike. I’m drifting into table talk and experiencing a little disappointment.
I checked out a French website similar to Craigslist to see if I could rent an apartment through the website however it’s filled with the same problems Craigslist has, scams. The website is called Le Bon Coin. It’s great for some thing’s I’m sure just hasn’t worked for me.
I’ve had help from a lot of people but still have yet to find a suitable place to live. I take French classes 3 hours a day here in Annecy. About 99% of the students are all refugees in my classes. They’re from all over the world. They are allowed to take classes for free but Americans have to pay for class but I understand this and I’m okay with paying. The fellow students hold me at a high regard as soon as they know I’m American. One student even saluted me. He said America is the top. It’s so funny because I don’t think I’m any better off then they are here in France. I don’t want to be insensitive In the least. However, The real estate agencies won’t take my money because I don’t have a contract here in France nor can I work in France with my visitor Visa. I asked some of my refugee friends after class what do they do for housing. Some are staying in a hotel with other refugees or an apartment by themselves that is rented out through a friend. But for me it’s just me and my dog and my weak American dollars against the Euro. What is a girl to do! I think it might be time to throw in the towel. The rules in France don’t make sense to me.
The irony is I find people houses for a living and now I can’t find a home. I thought I might have some good housing karma stored up in heaven somewhere but I’m not sure now. There’s so many people reading this that are probably so happy that my year travels to France have not worked out as planned two months in ( probably ex boyfriends family members, ex co workers, past friends strangers and then on the other side supporters that are disappointed in me as they look to me for inspiration. I’m all out of inspiration for the latter group but I hope to have a serendipitous turn to this living “situation” very soon. That’s all I have for today.
I have been staying in center ville of Annecy for almost a week and was looking for a cute breakfast place, more like an American breakfast place with bacon!!! So I looked on Google Maps. I typed in “breakfast” set my parameters to 4 stars and close distances & La Bicyclette Rose popped up.It was a five minute walk from my hotel, so I took my dog for a walk and checked it out. Of course there was a line of people waiting to get inside. I went to the front door and the lady said are you alone? I said yes. She said there’s a spot for you but you can’t bring the dog. I felt bad for skipping the line but hey it was just me!! I dropped the dog off with the quickness and came back. To some people eating alone is the worse, but not to me. It has it’s privileges.I ordered pancakes, tea, one hard boiled egg with bacon. It was delicious. The condiments are shared on the table in cute boxes. The restaurant is decorated with authentic items from Annecy. The cutest thing was when I gave a tip (because service and breakfast was so good) the woman at the register put the tip on this little box sitting on the counter and she said wait and the box opened up and I kid you not, a little hand of a small panda came out of the box and took the tip. It was the cutest thing I’ve never seen before.(video below)I was able to capture some pictures but mostly people don’t like you taking a lot of pictures while their eating so I got a few. You’ll just have to visit to see the rest of this tastey and fabulously decorated spot!The line was out the door! That’s when you know it’s realI asked A French family to show me how to eat this in the proper French way! And they showed me every step. Now I’m officially French 😆