French Riviera Garden
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePhoebe Thomas

Our French Riviera Garden in Spring and Beyond

By Phoebe Thomas A while ago I was asked by the magazine “Living France” to write about my garden in the Riviera. At the time I couldn’t publish what I wrote here on the blog as the idea was that people would buy the print magazine, but all this time …

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Risk Taker Provence Expat Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceRebecca Ronane

It Takes a Risk Taker to be an Expat in Provence

The Old School Expat The word expat has always made me feel uncomfortable. It conjures up in my mind an old-fashioned view of a person. Someone who takes tea with the best china in their adopted country and then proceeds to whine about their surroundings. I am no doubt generalising, …

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Renovating Provence Water
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Renovating in Provence When the Water Stopped

By Vaucluse Dreamer: By the start of November, our little place was in a state of chaos in readiness for the work to start. The rooms were piled high with relocated furniture & building supplies and Andy had laid new Travertine floors throughout the 2 main spaces upstairs that would …

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French Immersion Classes Aix-en-Provence
Barefoot BloggerExpat Living and Real EstateLearning French

Take French Immersion Classes in Aix-en-Provence

By Barefoot Blogger: After living in France for five (5) years and struggling to learn French, it was time. Deborah realized that being able to communicate in the language was critical during her 10-week hospital stay and the recuperation phase. There are many to take French classes but why not beautiful Aix-en-Provence …

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IFI Tax Buying Property France @ProvenceSearch
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceSophia van Woensel-Mose

Buying French Property – Who Represents You?

If you’ve been searching for French property for a while and find the system confusing, then you’re not alone. On the face of it, things in France seem to work the same way as in the UK, Australia, America or the Netherlands. Maybe you contacted an estate agent assuming that …

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French Healthcare Information
Barefoot BloggerExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

French Healthcare Information for Travellers and Expats

By Barefoot Blogger: French Healthcare Information One of the most asked questions for this American expat in France is about healthcare. “What do you do about healthcare when moving to France?” The simple reply is “travellers insurance.” The answer you really want to know is “don’t worry about it.” I couldn’t …

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French Theatre Night 14 You can't make this up sketch
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLiving in Provence

French Theatre Night “You Couldn’t Make This Up”

The following is an excerpt from my second book “.” My wife Val and I live part of the year in Provence. Our friends Xavier and Marie-France are kind of our cultural guides, making sure we have local experiences that foreigners often miss. Sometimes they are fun and sometimes… French …

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Buying Property in France Listing Agent
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceSophia van Woensel-Mose

Buying Property in Provence: Viewings

House purchase negotiations are a delicate process anywhere in the world. Tempers quickly flare, and communications can break down because of misunderstandings or hurt feelings. When you don’t speak French fluently and don’t know the ins and outs of French customs and the French real estate market, then things could …

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Provencal House Renovation
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Provencal House Renovation It’s Transformation Time

By Vaucluse Dreamer: Firstly I have to start with an apology – the last few months have been rather chaotic with one thing and another and I find that this really is the first time I’ve been able to sit and write about our little half-life in France for quite …

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Pied-à-Terre Maussane Alpilles
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real Estate

Own a Pied-à-Terre in the Maussane les Alpilles

House Search in the Alpilles Not everyone would have the vision and know how to transform a tiny 17th-century farm building into a bright, inviting pied-à-terre. The house was in poor condition, its last renovation dated from the 1970s as evidenced by the orange and brown colour palette. However, it …

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