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The Tour de France Stops For No One

Written by on September 18, 2014 in Expats in France
The Tour de France Stops For No One

France is of course a big country, more than twice the size of the UK, but it is still unbelievable that there are over one million kilometres of roads. Three times as much as in Spain for instance, which itself is not small. The reason is, all French farmers live on their own land and […]

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Visit to Paris and Provence

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Visit to Paris and Provence

Many of us dream of visiting France, especially Paris, the most visited tourist destination in the world, and Provence, high on the wish list of places to visit for so many, we talk to a lady whose dream came true… We meet Carolyn Ansky from Queensland, Australia who says “for years I played the Marianne Faithful […]

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An unexpected French birthday gift

Written by on September 4, 2014 in My French Life
An unexpected French birthday gift

I woke up early this morning as usual – the cockerel across the road was singing away at the first hint of light, which in this case was Pierre the farmer driving his tractor with lights on down our lane at 4.30 a.m. My daily routine is fairly consistent. First I let the cats out […]

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5 Things I don’t like about France

Written by on September 3, 2014 in My French Life
5 Things I don’t like about France

People say I’m always going on about how wonderful France is. They say “there must be something you don’t like” and there is. Nowhere is perfect. But first, let me just emphasise, I love France and having a home here, I can never understand those people who moan constantly about living somewhere they chose to […]

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5 Things I love about France

Written by on September 3, 2014 in My French Life with 0 Comments
5 Things I love about France

After I wrote recently about moving to France someone emailed me to ask what so different here in Pas de Calais, northern France from living in England, after all, we’re separated by just 21 miles of the English Channel. I could probably write a book about it (in fact I am trying to do just […]

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How to stay in touch with family from France

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Expats in France
How to stay in touch with family from France

Expat tales from France: Grand-Mère dans la Boîte. When 68 year old Debby Bine decided to have a fresh start in life and leave the US for France, she had to figure out a way to keep in touch with the family she’d left behind… In 2013 I moved to France. That’s probably no big […]

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Laissez Faire in France

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Expats in France
Laissez Faire in France

Expats in France tale Laissez Faire in France. A very funny story from Dutch hotelier and author Peter Schoenmaker as he tells of an encounter with a too-successful French builder with a laissez faire outlook… Jean-Pierre, our electrician, is keeping up with the times. He is the only one of our workers who we can […]

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Voting in France for foreigners

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Voting in France for foreigners

Geraldine Smith, British expat in France relates what can go wrong if you don’t know the voting in France rules – particularly if you are a foreigner… When we had elections in our village, excitement mounted for several months beforehand. It started with posters and then leaflets in the letterbox, continued with animated conversations in […]

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The Iconic Eiffel Tower

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Guest Blogs
The Iconic Eiffel Tower

The iconic Eiffel Tower is one of the most well-known landmarks in the world, the symbol of Paris and a tourist lure like no other says a fan from Australia… 2014 marked the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, and I was lucky enough to visit it for the first time, standing at the top […]

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Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals
Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Lots of expats retire to France or go for a better quality of life and have more time on their hands. For many it is a great opportunity to do some voluntary work. Helping out a branch of SPA for just a couple of hours a week, the Société de Protection des Animaux is an […]

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