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How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs, Living in France
How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

In France everything has its season: in February it’s skiing; in May it’s lily-of-the valley; in August it’s idleness; and in October it’s tax. This last is why, as the leaves begin to fall each year, my husband and I get together for a financial summit. Our budgetary discussions have a peculiarly French flavour, however: […]

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Animal life in rural southern France

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Animal life in rural southern France

Philippe, our French estate agent, was already at ‘our’ house to open up the shutters, when his bi-lingual colleague Leontine was still busy translating the houses’ deeds for us in the notaries’ office. We knew we still had to improve our French, but it became more evident half an hour later, when Philippe ran towards […]

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Life in the golden days of glamour on the French Riviera

Written by on July 30, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Life in the golden days of glamour on the French Riviera

‘How this coast smells of riches!’ So wrote the American Jane de Glehn, wife of the English artist Wilfred de Glehn, when she first set foot on the Riviera after the end of World War I. A member of the Red Cross Committee, who had worked in the devastated areas of the Haute Marne and […]

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The Good Life in Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux

Written by on July 1, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The Good Life in Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux

My love of France sneaked up on me. Unlike my husband who I think came out of the womb loving France. His dream, which predates our meeting ten years ago, was to live in France. It wasn’t a dream I shared. But here we are in the process of buying our very own house in […]

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Maintaining a House in France From Afar

Written by on June 18, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Maintaining a House in France From Afar

Buying a house in France is the dream of many but what if you live on the other side of the globe and have never even set foot in France? This describes Annette Charlton who made her dream come true and now lives between her homes in Newcastle, Australia and Brittany, France. So, is the […]

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French Lessons | Mastering verbs

Written by on June 17, 2018 in Guest Blogs
French Lessons | Mastering verbs

A French shop assistant in Antibes’ old town asked me for the translation of a French word the other afternoon. We’d become bosom buddies in her quiet swimsuit store, but I was glad for the conversational distraction.  I hated swimsuit shopping. It brought out all my insecurities. As my new friend rang up my purchase, she complimented […]

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The pros and cons of taking your dog to France from the US

Written by on June 12, 2018 in Guest Blogs, Pets And Animals
The pros and cons of taking your dog to France from the US

The first time I took my long-haired mini-dachshund, Ellie, to France, we spent two months traveling from Paris to Brittany and Normandy. Our last stop was the seaside resort of Agon-Coutainville, on the Cotentin peninsula which juts into the English Channel. There Ellie feasted on raw milk Camembert and prė-salė lamb. When we returned to […]

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Going to the butcher’s shop in France

Written by on June 9, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Going to the butcher’s shop in France

A French town without a baker – it’s unthinkable – everyone would move away! A butcher is almost as important to French village life as a baker. The butcher sells the usual roasts and chops and chickens, as well as a variety of prepared foods. My wife Val and I live part of the year […]

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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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