For some young people in the UK, the idea of studying abroad is much more alluring than staying on home turf. They are excited by the thought of enjoying greater freedom, a new cultural experience, and possibly a touch more sunshine. Mums and dads are more likely to be bought into the idea on a practical level, as studying overseas helps reduce the cost of further education.
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During the dreary winter months, Paris can seem to hibernate. Locals burrow down in their favorite cafes and the chilly atmosphere is echoed in the desolate streets. So where is everybody?
Insider Sabrina is opening the door and sharing some of her favorite secret spots for winter in Paris.
After a couple of years travelling in a clapped out camper van in my early twenties with my then husband-to-be, settling back into life in The UK was hard. I missed the colour, the atmosphere, the varied landscapes and the cuisine of Europe.
So 18 months later, in September 2005, my husband and I along with our baby girl took the plunge and bought a house in France. All in all, as a family we have made life as expats work for us with great success. We manage to earn a living, we have a comfortable home and our 3 bilingual girls love their village schools. I spend my free time walking along the banks of the Loire, cooking delicious French food, and enjoying good local wines and cheeses. C’est la belle vie!
Becky is an American traveling the world with her husband and daughter. They move to new countries around the world every few month’s for Becky’s husband’s job. The family lived in Toulouse, France for a year and a half (except for two months which they spent in Frankfurt, Germany) and their daughter was born in Toulouse. After France, they moved to Monterrey, Mexico for six months.
Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to families and to France.
Spending my free time in coffee shops, with a big cup of a savory latte scrolling through a magazine or reading a book is probably my favorite morning entertainment. But the real coffee culture, I mean a GOOD coffee culture, came to Paris not so long ago. Today I am going to share with you my favorite places to have a cup of a good coffee in Paris.
Is your pet like a member of the family? If so, the decision to relocate throws up lots of questions about how to take your animal friend with you. The complexity of taking a pet abroad depends on the destination. With some countries, there’s barely any red tape, while others create an enormous paper trail for you to negotiate. Fortunately, moving your pet to a European country is currently relatively straightforward, thanks to the EU Pet Travel Scheme.
Like most of the south of France, during the summer, our village would become overrun with tourists from all over Europe and the world. But in the winter, when the tourists were back in their own countries, living their own lives, the village would shrink from the thousand people it had swelled to, down to its normal size of 250 inhabitants, and that’s when we really had fun.
When my boyfriend proposed, it went without saying that we’d get married in Nice. This sparkling city on France’s Mediterranean coast is where we met and have called home for the past four years and counting.
Yet the proposal was one thing, navigating the path to the wedding date another. I’m not saying that getting married in France is complicated. More that, as with everything in this country I’m lucky to call home, there’s a definite process to follow and to be forewarned is definitely to be prepared.