Aeperol Spritz @FrenchLessonsblog
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French LessonsLiving in Provence

Doctors’ Corner in Provence: A Pain in the Shoulder

Contributor blog post by Jemma: Vous devez croire! Ah, oui, vous devez absolument croire! Sabine says across the lunch table. Her rich, tenor voice is insistent. She spreads her bejeweled fingers wide. You have to believe! You. Absolutely. Have. To. Believe! The LIFE machine will revolutionize my, well, life. Or …

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paperwork @FrenchLessonsBlog
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French Lessons

Working for French Unemployment Benefits

Contributor blog post by Jemma @French Lessons Blog: I was 10 years working in my office job – real, salaried employment! Jo says, pausing with me on the terrasse before organizing her day here at Bellevue. She shakes her head. But I was let go on la veille de Noël …

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Yoko Dogs on the #FrenchRiviera @FrenchLessonsBlog
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French Lessons

Dog Style: Yoko Heads to a French Groomer

Contributor blog post by Jemma: “Isn’t that incredible??” Philippe called out of the family room last week. “These are DOGS. I can get a hair appointment for myself tomorrow!” He’d just rung the two salons de toilettage recommended by a friend in nearby Cannes. They were full up. The first …

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Expat Uzes Morning coffee @bfblogger2015
Barefoot BloggerExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

A Day in the Life of an Expat in Uzes

Contributor blog post by Deborah Bine: Friends often ask me “how do you spend your day in Uzes? Since you’ve asked, here’s an example of one day this week. I started the day with café crème and a treat, pain au chocolate, at a local cafe with friends. We were …

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Bellevue Antibes @Frenchlessonsblog
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French Lessons

Unexpected Email: Bellevue’s Earliest Residents

Contributor blog post by Jemma: In the final days before my family and I shifted our luggage and lives to France this summer – at the very time our Toronto home was a packing pigsty, and as we trod heartily into our 10-day, do-or-die window for Yoko’s persnickety paperwork – …

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terrasse non fumeur francesoir @AccessRiviera
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceRebecca Whitlocke

No smoking : Are the tides turning about smoking in France?

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: I’m a non-smoker and always have been. I’ve lived with smokers, I have family members who smoke, I have friends who smoke. I don’t begrudge anyone’s choice to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes. What I DON’T like is when smokers think its their …

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Summer in Antibes @Jemma
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French LessonsLiving in Provence

The European Union Laid Bare by a Spare Part

Contributor blog post by Jemma: If it’s not the WIFI, it’s la climatisation. This summer when we arrived at Bellevue, our home in Antibes, I clicked my heels when the little green checkmark appeared on my iPhone beside the name of our WIFI network. It worked! The WIFI actually worked …

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Stone Sink #Renovation #Provence @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Renovation in Provence: a stone sink

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: We figure that our kitchen is so tiny that in order to make it look good, everything in it has to have character and charm (well, maybe not the damn washing machine). I’ve fallen in love with all the shabby chic/farmhouse french kitchens that …

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Familiarity and rediscovery @frenchessense
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceVicki Archer

Familiarity And Rediscovery in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vicki Archer: Familiarity and rediscovery go together. The familiar despite our best intentions can be taken for granted. We never mean to neglect and most of the time we don’t even realise it is happening. Taking something or someone for granted is a non-intentional dismissal. Sometimes, not …

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French Flag @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLearning FrenchWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

14 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day

On July 14, 1789, an angry mob stormed the Bastille in Paris, a prison that housed only seven inmates. To incensed crowd, the medieval structure represented a landmark which symbolized all of their frustration with the reigning monarchy, a weak economic environment, high taxes and a lack of personal financial …

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