Brocante and Lily of the Valley @Vauclusedreamer
InspireJulie WhitmarshShopping & Gifts

A Provencal day of Brocante and Lily of the Valley

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: From the middle of the week I could see that today was shaping up to be a busy day. Not that I had a list of things that had to be done, but more because I’d seen signs for 3 local ‘Vide Grenier’ events …

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Lavender fields Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Launching a new start in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: In 8 days time we should be at the Notaire’s office in Apt, on the verge of signing the final paperwork ‘Acte Authentique’ for our new house in the Vaucluse. As you can probably imagine things are a bit frantic at home as we …

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Mont Ventoux Vaucluse
Julie Whitmarsh

Trains Planes, Automobiles and Bikes Buying a House in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vauclusedreamer: Three weeks today we will be heading down to Provence, ready to sign the final documents that will be needed to complete our house purchase, which as you can imagine is something we’re really looking forward to (to say the least!) The pretty hill-top village …

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House Hunting in Provence @VaucluseDreamer
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie Whitmarsh

Our Provence Real Estate Dream is a Big Step Closer

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: As those who have been following my blog for the past year will know – our big dream has been to own a home in the Vaucluse, an area we have been visiting for the last 25 years and which already feels like a …

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House hunting in #Provence @VaucluseDreamer
Julie Whitmarsh

House-hunting in France is a full-time job

Contributor blog post by by Vaucluse Dreamer: When I left home to come out house-hunting my hubby’s final words were ‘ It’s not going to be a holiday you know’ – and after my experiences over the last couple of days he was spot-on. It’s fair to say that this …

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House hunting in Provence @VaucluseDreamer
Julie Whitmarsh

Sometimes Good Things Fall Apart – The House Hunt Continues

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: When our first efforts at buying a house in France fell apart, just before signing the Compromis de Vente, we were absolutely gutted and it would have been very easy to just give up and walk away. We felt though, that we had no other option, …

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Luberon Views #Provence @Vauclusedreamer
Julie Whitmarsh

Back to House-Hunting in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: We’ve now stopped ranting about what happened last week with the French house purchase and dusted ourselves down a bit. We’re still very disappointed with what the Agents described as process that was far from ‘correcte’ on the part of the vendor, but as we …

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Pottery in #Montpellier Ateliers Saint Roch @VaucluseDreamer
InspireJulie WhitmarshShopping & Gifts

Visiting a Potter in Montpellier

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Anyone who really knows me will say I’m not really a city person. I’ve always lived in small villages or on the edge of small market towns and although I enjoy spending the odd day in a large town or city – I usually can’t …

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Seguret Village view #Vaucluse @PerfProvence
Julie Whitmarsh

Buying Real Estate What’s French for Gazumped?

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Today hasn’t been the best of days – we were expecting some trials and tribulations associated with buying a house in France, but I don’t think we ever expected what has happened today! Since we had the offer accepted on the house near Uzes we’ve …

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Great raku pottery #market #Avignon @VaucluseDreamer
InspireJulie WhitmarshShopping & Gifts

P is for Pottery Markets in Provence

Contributor blog post by  Vaucluse Dreamer: As a mother of 2 rugby-loving teenage boys I know that there is potentially a very short shelf-life for any nice pieces of pottery in our house, which is such a pity. I must admit that both my hubby and I look forward to …

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