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The good life for expats in Riberac Dordgone

Written by on May 21, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
The good life for expats in Riberac Dordgone

We talk to British expat Linda James who with her husband Alex runs Le Pommier gites and a cake making business in Riberac, Dordogne department, Aquitaine, south west France. What inspired you to move to Riberac? Coming here on holiday, I fell in love with the sunny weather, the stunning countryside, being able to swim […]

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Dealing with administrative offices in France

Written by on April 28, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Dealing with administrative offices in France

Life isn’t all sitting around eating cheese and quaffing wine for expats in France. There’s the tricky issue of everyday life and administration to deal with too! Never annoy a Fonctionaire… I read somewhere that 20% of the French population work for the government. If you buy a home in France, you will eventually come […]

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How a Francophile followed a dream to live in Provence

Written by on April 27, 2018 in Guest Blogs
How a Francophile followed a dream to live in Provence

Wikipedia defines ‘Francophile’ “as a person who has a strong affinity towards the French language, French history, French culture or French people.” When I read that, I thought, “Wow, that is totally me.” I grew up in Southern California, just an hour from the Mexican border. The most logical language to learn was Spanish. But from the first moment I heard […]

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Real life Escape to the Chateau properties for sale in France

Real life Escape to the Chateau properties for sale in France

Half of Britain it seems, is glued to the TV series Escape to the Chateau featuring the lovely Angel and Dick who bought a castle and have been doing it up before our eyes. They’ve also taken starring roles in Escape to the Chateau DIY, a TV series in which we get to see the […]

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The expat good life in Vienne

Written by on April 26, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
The expat good life in Vienne

We talk to Sébastien Martin-O’Driscoll about expat life in the Vienne department, Poitou-Charentes, France. Can you tell us a little about you and where you are from? I was born in France, in the Auvergne, and emigrated to the UK in my early 20’s. I met my husband Fox, with whom I work as a […]

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The ghosts that roam the streets of Paris

Written by on April 24, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The ghosts that roam the streets of Paris

Have you ever seen a ghost in Paris? Many say they have… Paris has ghosts in abundance. We can search for them and find them, then shudder as we feel their closeness to us. The spirits of historical events litter the timeless landmarks of the great capital. Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera, the parks and […]

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The Good Life for expats in the Loire Valley

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
The Good Life for expats in the Loire Valley

Charlotte Field from the UK talks about life as an expat in charming Chinon, Loire Valley where she has lived for eight years and works as a local agent for Leggett Immobillier, the award winning French Estate Agency… Where are you from and how did you come to be living in France? I was brought […]

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The story of the Matisse Chapel in Vence, south of France

Written by on April 20, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The story of the Matisse Chapel in Vence, south of France

Night Nurse Needed – Should be young and pretty. This was the ad Henri Matisse placed with the nursing school in Nice, France in 1942. He was seventy-two years-old and still working while recovering from a serious surgery. He required constant care and needed someone to fill in while his regular night nurse was away. […]

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Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

Written by on April 20, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

France, especially in the north, has long had aeroplanes and aviation entrenched in its genes. There have been many great French air pioneers both male and female. Louis Bleriot was born in Cambrai and he was perhaps one of the greatest exponents. Louis Bleriot, Aviator Bleriot, from his earliest adult days, had an instinct for […]

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Paris in Photos | 10 views of the world’s favourite city

Written by on April 10, 2018 in Paris, Readers Photos
Paris in Photos | 10 views of the world’s favourite city

Paris is the most visited Tourist destination in the world, it’s probably the most photographed too! We never tire of seeing pictures of the beautiful city of light. These photos of Paris are by photographer John Woods from Madison, Wisconsin, US. He and wife Nancy say any time is good to take a photo in […]

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