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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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. …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
Buying Real Estate Buying Property Provence Home
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living

Buying Real Estate in Provence Understand the Benefits of a Buyer’s Agent

Before spending time in Provence, I had never heard of a buyer’s agent. To a North American with the benefits of a transparent residential real estate market, the concept seemed vague and excessive. In Canada, we have Multiple Listing Services (MLS) which serves two purposes; “Unilateral offer of compensation by a …

READ MORE →
Sous Prefecture French Flag
Expat LivingGinger and Nutmeg

Find Out Why You Need Patience at the Sous Préfecture in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Nutmeg is self-admittedly not a patient person. She develops a plan, does not appreciate too much external input, and certainly is not thrilled when there is a proposed change. Living in France, with life at a slower pace, has helped with her natural inclination somewhat. …

READ MORE →
Expat LivingThe Provence Post

Fourth of July Fête for American Expats

Contributor blog post by Julie Mautner: To celebrate Independence Day, Joan Jarowski–the new chair of the Avignon Chapter of Democrats Abroad–and her husband Charlie are hosting a poolside potluck at their home outside Cavaillon on Sunday July 2nd, from 12 to 5 pm (rain or shine). …Continue reading here for the …

READ MORE →
Our Year in Provence
Expat LivingJulie Whitmarsh

Enjoying Our Year in Provence (Sorry Peter Mayle)

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It has just dawned on me that this time last year Andy was frantically packing the car, filling every possible space with bits we wanted to take with us to France ahead of setting off in the early hours to drive to Provence to …

READ MORE →
pétanque Cercle card
Expat LivingGuest Post

Pétanque the Story of Gaining Admission into a Circle of Trust in Provence

The following guest post is by Paul Shore the author of “Uncorked My Year in Provence.” Find out more about his book on pétanque and expat living here and visit his website here. Le Cercle in Saint-Paul de Vence International travellers and those who have relocated to live expat lives in …

READ MORE →
Expat Living France
Ashley TinkerExpat Living

Amusing Stories of Expat Living in France

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Expat Living in France Here are just a few anecdotes from the last month of my life in France as I try to navigate where I come from and where I live now. Hamburger Shame I ate at a hamburger restaurant in Avignon (link …

READ MORE →