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A Quiet Retirement in France? 

Written by on September 10, 2018 in Guest Blogs
A Quiet Retirement in France? 

One evening a few years ago my wife and I overheard several tales of woe that almost made us re-think our plans to buy a house in France. We were on a golf break in Le Perche, Normandy, staying at a lovely hotel with a fantastic restaurant. One evening, after our eighteen holes we went […]

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France marks the Centenary of the British Royal Air Force

Written by on September 7, 2018 in Guest Blogs
France marks the Centenary of the British Royal Air Force

April 1, 2018 marked the first hundred years since the creation of the British Royal Air Force. The combining of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Army’s Royal Flying Corps into a new service took place at St. Omer aerodrome in Nord, pas de Calais as the Great War was approaching its close. The […]

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St Remy de Provence, a perfect holiday destination

Written by on August 30, 2018 in Guest Blogs
St Remy de Provence, a perfect holiday destination

Provence in summer… the aroma of warm baguettes and the fragrance of the Lavender that is in vibrant bloom in July lingers on your senses. Our family first stumbled upon this region in the south of france as part of a business trip over a decade ago. Speaking very little French and understanding even less, […]

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Finding the ideal property in the Dordogne

Written by on August 19, 2018 in Expats in France, Guest Blogs
Finding the ideal property in the Dordogne

The idea began, as many good ideas do, in the pub. Rebecca Randall, a criminal barrister and husband Greg who works in the City came to the realisation that they didn’t want to be commuting to and working in London until they reached 70. “Several glasses in and one of us (we still aren’t sure […]

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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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