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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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A day on the Cote d’Azur France

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Provence-Alpes
A day on the Cote d’Azur France

Visiting the Cote d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, for the first time can instill a love of southern France that never ends. The blue waters of the Mediterranean that give their name to this stretch of coast, the picturesque villages and beautiful countryside are captivating and are a certain tourist magnate. Lyn Baker […]

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French Attic Finds gorgeous vintage from France

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Expats in France, French Style, Markets
French Attic Finds gorgeous vintage from France

France is famous for its flea markets and antique fairs. Every town and village seems to hold at least one flea market a year and for many people in France, a weekend spent browsing at a brocante is a way of life. For visitors to France a visit to a local flea market is an […]

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House hunters in France go head to head

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Expats in France
House hunters in France go head to head

Peter Schoenmaker, Dutch hotelier in France reveals the story of two house hunters in France, guests at his hotel in “Men and their Egos”… Our friend Ian, an English estate agent, brought us lots of business. He helps house hunters in France to find their dream home; we accommodate them as they search for their […]

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Neighbours in France and The Goat that Got Away

Written by on August 4, 2014 in My French Life
Neighbours in France and The Goat that Got Away

This week in my little French village, my neighbour asked me if I could feed her animals while she was away overnight.  “Of course” I said, “Just tell me what needs to be done”. She has two dogs, 5 cats, 2 goats and about 200 ducks, geese, chicken, guinea fowl and quails. I had a […]

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Two Hairy Bikers And A Pop Star in France

Written by on August 1, 2014 in Expats in France
Two Hairy Bikers And A Pop Star in France

Expats in France: Part of the fun of having a hotel in south west France is that you meet all sorts of interesting people: some strange, some downright weird, but always interesting… Like the time a gentleman enquired if we would have a room available on a particular date. He was happy when I told […]

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