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Gloria the goose walks again

Written by on April 17, 2014 in My French Life
Gloria the goose walks again

I’ve had a really bad run of luck lately with my birds. I have chickens, ducks and geese and they are pets.  Like many expats in France I tried the self-sufficiency route; however it wasn’t for me so now I just eat a lot of eggs and act as kind of butler to the birds. […]

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My Brief Encounter in Paris

Written by on April 16, 2014 in My French Life
My Brief Encounter in Paris

I recently took a train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Dijon in Burgundy and had a brief encounter in Paris! It was an easy journey, taking a little over an hour and a half. People often ask me why I don’t drive but I love taking the train and the chance to people watch […]

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Talking French in France

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Learn French, My French Life
Talking French in France

Expats in any country have a tendency to get together. It’s not tribal, it’s not about wanting to hang on to your roots or rejecting everything that’s different about your adopted country. I sort of think that if that’s what you want – you probably won’t be leaving home any time soon to live in […]

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Le Crotoy on the Somme France

Written by on April 14, 2014 in My French Life
Le Crotoy on the Somme France

It was a lovely spring weekend in the north of France – perfect to indulge in the national French pastime of visiting a brocante. France is famous for its second hand markets, bric-a-brac markets, marche au puces, braderies and vide greniers – flea markets are known by several names and they are held in all […]

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Roissy en France, The village that hosts the world

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Roissy en France, The village that hosts the world

Ex pilot Bob Lyons revisits the village of Roissy, the town that hosts the world thanks to France’s biggest airport – Charles de Gaulle, being in its back garden… The rural village of Roissy en France, located right at the north east corner of Paris, has a particular charm and prestige all of its own. […]

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The Story Uncovered in a French Cemetery

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Guest Blogs
The Story Uncovered in a French Cemetery

One unusual way to soak up some local culture when you visit a new French village is to explore the cemetery says Evelyn Jackson. From the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris with its celebrity inhabitants to the tiny local village church it is one way to learn about the place you’re visiting and the […]

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Reasons to love France – from A to Z

Written by on April 11, 2014 in French Icons, French Style, My French Life with 0 Comments
Reasons to love France –  from A to Z

A is for Art and Artists – Monet, Cezanne, Rodin, Renoir, Gaugin, Matisse –okay I’m going to stop there because I think I might have to do an A to Z just for French artists! Even today art in France is thriving and fabulous like the work of Perry Taylor, an expat inspired by every day […]

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French house viewing – the first day

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Guest Blogs
French house viewing – the first day

 After attending a French property show in London Richard Woolam and his family waded through reams of paper to try to define exactly where they wanted to move to in France. They had decided vaguely what area but weren’t completely clear on details… Two days after we came back from the property show, a letter […]

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Gimpy the injured chicken re-cooperates

Written by on April 10, 2014 in My French Life
Gimpy the injured chicken re-cooperates

There are some of you who will probably think I’m nuts. To be honest, I sometimes wonder if I’m a little bit crazy myself when it comes to Gimpy the injured chicken. My chickens are pets. Although I bought them with a view to living a more self-sufficient lifestyle in France I found that when […]

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Retired expats in France – Enjoying every minute!

Written by on April 9, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Retired expats in France – Enjoying every minute!

Roz Cleavely and husband, Danny moved to France in January 2012 and say they feel anything but retired – there is so much to learn, to do and to enjoy that there is never a dull moment. It’s not all perfect says  Roz, everyone experiences low points, it’s normal, but with determination they can be overcome… […]

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