Passion for Provence Gayle Smith Padgett-passion-for-provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Book Review: Passion for Provence a Memoir by Gayle Smith Padgett

While reading Gayle Smith Padgett’s book, Passion for Provence, 22 Keys to La Belle Vie, I kept thinking this lady is someone you would enjoy getting to know in person. The book (her first) is just over 260 pages long, after each of the 22 chapters she shares her “key” …

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Barefoot BloggerExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Getting Your French Expat Visa With Some Help

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: When you have an appointment at the prefecture to renew your French expat visa, you’d better show up. Rain, shine … or flu! Today was the day to update my 12-month French expat visa — or carte de séjour. The event seems to come around …

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Barefoot BloggerExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Tips for When it’s Time to Renew your French Expat Visa

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to renew the French Expat Visa. It’s a gift from France that keeps on giving. Wish I could say that everything about living in France is wonderful. But when it comes to dealing with French bureaucracy, frankly, …

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Ginger and Nutmeg

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

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. Although, Ginger is certain that …

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Aix Mansions Sale Update @Aixcentric
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Aix Mansions Sale Update

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Last autumn, it was announced that two mansions in centre ville were for sale. The town authorities wished to divest themselves of buildings which weren’t functional and cost too much to maintain. Now there is some progress to report on one. The Hotel de Valbelle, currently …

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Aixcentric

Mansions For Sale in Aix and Transport News from Marseille

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The town authorities are in sell-off mode, wishing to divest themselves of buildings that aren’t functional and are costing too much to maintain. First up is the Hotel de Valbelle in rue Mignet which currently houses the sous-prefecture. It’s where you have to go for various …

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Patina #Arles Heather Robinson @LostinArles @HeatherRobinson
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Getting Lost in Arles a Guided Tour

We had barely walked 3km from our meeting point, but we were utterly lost in the architecture and history of Arles. My husband and I were in Arles for our an annual trip to the sous-prefecture to request the forms for renewal of our long-stay visas. This process involves getting …

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Expat Living and Real EstateHilda StearnLiving in Provence

The long road well travelled

Hilda Stearn entertains us with her story about how a made-in-Italy, Spanish-registered car from London meets Provence’s paperasse.

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