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  • French Roadside Maintenance

    Published November 15th, 2012 by Rosemary Redfern
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    One thing the French are meticulous about is maintaining their roadside verges. At any time, but particularly in autumn, you will round a bend and see a red triangular flag on a stick stuck into the land on the side of the road. Often there is a yellow van. A mowing tractor chunts up and down the verges ensuring that visibility is good for drivers and that signs are clear. Sometimes if the road is narrow or on a corner the sign comes as a shock.

    Vignerons, wine growers, also maintain their ditches carefully. They have perfected the knack of leaving the vegetation in the ditches to smolder, often without anyone there. This leaves a safe channel for water. They get rid of the prunings in the spring like this also. It means in an a...

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  • The South of France Climate

    Published November 7th, 2012 by Rosemary Redfern
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    The climate of the south of France is made up of mini climates. One village can have a shower or rain and it’s neighbour nearby stay dry. This happens more inland than round the coast.

    Round the Golf de Lyon coast there is a banana shaped area of land which is true mediterranean climate, This used to be regular in the patterns of weather but with the changes which seem to be happening all over this can vary. Last winter was very dry and February was desperately cold killing all the mimosa trees. This year we are having the autumn rains when they are expected which saves on watering those precious plants expat gardeners try to grow here. Curiously, in spite of the intense dryness, many gardens have wells which tap into the subte...

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  • Locked UK Pensions

    Published November 9th, 2012 by Pamela
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    If you need any help with Tax Efficient savings or unlocking your non State UK pension be in touch – you may be pleasantly surprised.

    My time and advice are free Pamela 06 59 26 02 86. Qualified and registered in France

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  • Vegetables and Fruit in France

    Published November 8th, 2012 by Rosemary Redfern
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    The advent of Nouvelle Cuisine with its tiny vegetables in small quantities caused much confusion about French food. These look pretty on the plate and are attractive. But, in fact, the residents of France like large vegetables and fruit.

    In a restaurant a salad is a favorite starter. This can sometimes be the vegetable course with the main course having no vegetables. This usually happens with a low cost set menu. Otherwise vegetables served with the main course tend be small in number and volume. This can be a problem for vegetarians here but this is improving as there are a growing number of French who prefer vegetarian food. Salads are excellent and pizzas are another alternative for non meat eaters.

    Fruit and vegetables...

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  • Rich Experiences, Free Admission: Berlin

    Published October 31st, 2012 by Wilson Sims
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    Berlin is both old and young. It has been a city of power for centuries, but free for only a couple of decades. The architecture is developing, the sky scrapers are growing, and it is said that, “Paris will always be Paris, but Berlin is becoming Berlin.” A NewEurope walking tour, paired with the following free attractions, will introduce you to the shifting and rich character of Berlin.

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  • Best foods in Brittany

    Published October 8th, 2012 by Rachelle_de_Bretagne
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    Tasting food in a foreign country can often be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This posting will help you to decide which foods are worth trying while in Brittany.

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  • Eating our way through Toulouse

    Published August 30th, 2012 by Georgette
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    Toulose is the 4th largest city in France and boasts beautiful red-brick architecture in it’s pretty and hip historical center. Known for being a center of aviation (home of the giant Airbus) and space travel we enjoyed spending a day in this city on our recent trip to South-west France.

    The historical center is quite small and very walkable, we took the time to wander the cobblestone streets and peek into many tiny & inviting shops. Our friend showed us where he went to high school and his local haunts and we also took a river cruise on the Garonne that at one point even changed water levels as the boat was in the center of a dam.

    We really liked the churches, especially Church of Les Jacobins with a stunning vaul...

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  • Top Tips For First Time Expats

    Published June 13th, 2012 by Chris
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    Moving your life overseas certainly isn’t an easy task. In fact, it can be downright confusing and frustrating. However, for those who successfully make the move to a different country it can also be extremely rewarding and offer a new outlook on life.

    If you’re thinking of upping sticks and making the move abroad, it could help to make use of these simple tips before you sell up. They can help you to prepare for the obstacles that you might face.

    Get Your Finances in Order

    Before you even consider a move of this magnitude you need to make sure that you’re financially prepared. Firstly, make sure that you have a decent amount of money set aside – more than you think you might need – as th...

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  • Markets in the Carhaix/Rostrenen area of Brittany

    Published April 16th, 2012 by Rachelle_de_Bretagne
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    You haven’t lived until you have experienced a French market. These are the best place to get fresh food and a good French atmosphere.

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  • Living the Dream

    Published April 15th, 2012 by Rachelle_de_Bretagne
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    Many people who come to France to live search for a dream life where everything will be alright. By that, what is meant is that they believe the French countryside holds the answer to making them happier and more fulfilled people. It can, though whether it will or not really depends upon attitude, approach and the manner in which the individual adapts to their new life. Many try to live the kind of life they lived at home, but in France, and miss out on the opportunity of living the dream. The dream isn’t of being insular, nor is it of pretending to be a part of French culture. It’s about adaptation and acceptance that life here in France is very different to the life they may have had in their home country.

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