Provence Expat Life Whitmarsh Family
Expat LivingJulie Whitmarsh

Provence Expat Life: When Does a Holiday Stop and Life Begin? 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: So that’s it – I’m back in the UK after another long summer at our little place in Provence – Andy’s staying on for another couple of weeks, as he came out after me and we always want to use the house as much as …

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Cote d'Azur Summer
Expat LivingJemma - French Lessons

Au Revoir: Summer 2017 on the Côte d’Azur

Contributor blog post by Jemma: Lolo has adapted completely to Toronto’s time zone. Which would be brilliant news, except that she is still waking up in Antibes. Theoretically, my pre-teen could obliterate all jet lag as we close up our Côte d’Azur home, Bellevue, and leave this beloved region for more …

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French Car Pound
Expat LivingJemma - French Lessons

How to Survive the French Car Pound

Contributor blog post by Jemma: French Lessons welcomes 2017’s guest contributor: Rachael, our friend and dinner party guest whose evening ended badly. She’d only bid us ‘bonsoir’ when she promptly returned to Bellevue’s gate. A call to the police confirmed that yes, indeed, her car had been towed to Antibes’ pound. …

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Provence Bureau Branch Office Lavender Sault
Expat LivingPaula Kane

South of France Bureau in Provence

Contributor blog post by Paula Kane: My dear friend Elspeth spends much of her summer at her cottage in Ontario and often refers to it as the “northern branch of EC Consulting”. I like this idea so much I am stealing it. And this last week, Vacqueyras has truly been the …

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La Langue Francaise Marche Provencal
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How Food Spices Up la Langue Française

Contributor blog post by Jemma: My dive into France’s linguistic obsession with food began with the summer shoe sales. This dazzling array pulled us into the shoe store – and launched an exploration into the French language. Twelve-year-old Lolo and I were meandering recently through the narrow streets of old …

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Vines Vineyards Happy Provence
Expat LivingPaula Kane

Home and Happy in Provence

Contributor blog post by Paula Kane: Another year has passed and I am finally back “home” in Provence. I now have the time and motivation to get back to writing. This blog is a journal really; a memoir so when I get hazy, I can go back and relive some of …

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Ten Ways South of France
Expat LivingJemma - French Lessons

Ten Ways You Know You’re in the South of France

Contributor blog post by Jemma: Philippe, Lolo and I are driving into nearby Cannes one afternoon, chatting away about something or other, when the insistent voice of Waze breaks in. “Wait!” I say. “What did she just say?” We pipe down inside the car, a bubble of calm amid the …

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Cote d'Azur Ritual Return
Expat LivingJemma - French Lessons

The Côte d’Azur: Our Ritual Return Trip

Contributor blog post by Jemma: N’inquiétez-vous pas, the young man at Nice’s Côte d’Azur airport said. He didn’t need to see Yoko’s papers. Never mind that eight people, a veterinary clinic and a Canadian federal agency had united in preparing the dog’s papers for her entry into France. Our French …

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UK Expat Trip Back to Provence
Expat LivingJulie Whitmarsh

It was not the most relaxing trip back to Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It’s nine (9) weeks since I last left the house in Provence and returned to the UK. Andy has been down since & our eldest has spent the last month there pottering about improving his French and his Strava times at the same time. …

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Nice Views
Expat LivingRebecca Whitlocke

One year on from Nice

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: One year ago today, I was at Fondation Lenval, the Children’s Hospital in Nice, with my youngest son who was admitted for observation (and possible surgery). We had been in the kids ward for a few days when my sister phoned me from abroad …

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