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The Car that went to Menton France

Written by on August 26, 2015 in Guest Blogs, Provence-Alpes
The Car that went to Menton France

Menton is one of my favourite towns in France and I have spent and still do spend much time there. The famous Lemon Festival is one the highlights of my year…. So says Peter Jones, Francophile, who in the 1980′s was managing a Building Society branch office in Stratford on Avon, England (Shakespeare country) where […]

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The Saturday market Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 15, 2015 in Blog, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Saturday market Montreuil-sur-Mer

Every Saturday for as long as anyone can remember, and much further back than that, there has been a market in the main square of Montreuil-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais. It is a lovely little town, filled with cobbled streets and narrow alleyways that snake their way through the middle of ancient buildings and shops. It […]

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Expats Barge Life France

Written by on July 28, 2015 in Expats in France
Expats Barge Life France

When Brits Dawn Coles and Jason Ashcroft met in France, they already knew that they had one thing in common: a love of barging… their meeting was to lead to a life changing decision to buy a boat, renovate it and start a new life and business in France… Barge Life France Jason was a […]

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The Day I met Brigitte Bardot

Written by on June 16, 2015 in Guest Blogs
The Day I met Brigitte Bardot

It was 1964, Brigitte Bardot was at her most beautiful, 30 years old and a major film star and sex symbol and for Peter Jones, a 17 year old English school boy in Paris, meeting her was an unforgettable moment… The highlight of my education was passing my 11+ which gained me a scholarship to […]

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A Cockney in France

Written by on June 13, 2015 in Blog
A Cockney in France

Whenever I meet a new French friend, they always ask “Where are you from?” I am proud to say, I’m from London. Sometimes I reveal that I’m a Cockney. “What ees Cockerney” they ask and it’s not that easy to explain. Traditionally a Cockney is someone born within the sound of Bow Bells or rather […]

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The Day the Eiffel Tower Was Sold

Written by on June 8, 2015 in Guest Blogs
The Day the Eiffel Tower Was Sold

In 1925 Victor Lustig sat in his Paris hotel room reading a newspaper article about the Eiffel Tower.  Built for the 1889 Paris World Fair it was meant to be dismantled in 1909. The tower outlived its destiny though and was now rusting and in need of expensive repairs and maintenance and the State had […]

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Then and Now – Treasured Things and French Flea Markets

Written by on June 4, 2015 in Blog
Then and Now – Treasured Things and French Flea Markets

I am supposed to be working but I got distracted… by a list of treasured items from 125 years ago and a list of treasured items today! This apparently is what was most treasured in the year 1890, Queen Victoria was on the Throne in the UK and in France it was the time of […]

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Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals
Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

LAARF and France LAARFS with you: It takes all sorts to help animals in need says expat in France Jane Hunt, but there is plenty of opportunity and it’s a great way to make friends. LAARF, Les Amis des Animaux en Refuges de France is one such way to get involved and volunteer… Jac Prosser is […]

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Will I get the Legion d’Honneur for my services to France?

Written by on April 20, 2015 in My French Life
Will I get the Legion d’Honneur for my services to France?

Last week I received this message, and I promise you it’s real: “It’s nice for a French bloke to see that you guys love my country despite all the bloody conflicts we had and I am thrilled for your commitment to share it to your fellow citizens. You deserve the sacred Legion d’honneur for promoting […]

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The Grass is always Greener for some expats

Written by on April 14, 2015 in My French Life, Work in France
The Grass is always Greener for some expats

The other day I interviewed an expat British couple in France. They had moved here seven years ago, took early retirement, bought a beautiful country house with a lovely garden in a pretty village in SW France. We talked about how they find life in France and it started off well. They love the food, […]

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