It's hard to believe that my passport is 10 years old, but the expiration date...May 2014...tells me it is. We've had a lot of fun together, this passport and I, but it's time to trade it in on a new model. As always, there are a few extra hoops for an ex-pat to jump through. American passport photos are required to be a different size than the normal French identity photo, so a trip to a photographer was necessary. You can apply for renewal by mail, but have to purchase a certain type of French 'money order' and also an overnight delivery envelope for mailing (to the tune of almost €25!) I guess in reality all this is costing me less than actually travelling to Paris for an Embassy visit. But it's certainly not as much fun!
So, I put it all in the mail yesterday with fingers crossed that I've done everything correctly. It's kind of a 'naked' feeling, this being without a passport. I have a copy, of course, and my French carte de sejour. but it doesn't feel quite the same. Do I really exist as an American citizen without my trusty passport? Don't know the answer to that, but I will feel better when the new one arrives and is safely tucked away.