Lou Marronie Cotignac Working Caretaker Provence Experiences
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceVictoria Koning

Working as a Caretaker in Provence Our Experiences

Finding work is one of the primary causes of concern for expats. What makes it even more challenging in this region, is that much of that work is given by word-of-mouth. Establishing a few contacts before the move helps enormously unless you have time (and savings) to build up some …

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Living in Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Living in Aix-en-Provence and Loving it

Americans Susan and Sam Gish moved to Aix-en-Provence two years ago. It’s unlikely that this Francophile couple’s relocation to France, from Philadelphia, was a surprise to any of their food industry friends. During previous travels to France, Susan and Sam discovered the influence of terroir in the different French wine …

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Massage Aromatherapy Home Provence Flairesse Massage Provence #Massage @Flairesse
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Massage and Aromatherapy at Home in Provence

Relax at Home Flairesse is the name of Claire McAlpine’s company. She offers massage and aromatherapy treatments in the comfort of your home in Provence. How did you land on this name? “Flair was a nickname my friends called me at university, and ‘esse’ from Latin means existence, the essence …

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Vaucluse Vineyards Provencal Rituals Cultural Norms
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePaula Kane

Provencal Rituals Rediscovering the Cultural Norms

By Paula Kane I am a big fan of ritual. Simple or complex, I believe they are good for keeping us grounded in something bigger than ourselves. I have mini rituals I do every day, but when I get to France, I crash right into a whole different set of …

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St Remy Lavender
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLiving in Provence

Living in Provence Getting Deep Into Local Culture

Living Part-time in Provence My wife and I live part of the year in St-Rémy and it’s been fun to get to know the place. One way we’ve done it is through local associations, which are groups organized around a common interest. Associations are popular in France and every town …

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My French Country Home Magazine
Guest PostMaison Mirabeau WinesTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

The Road to Rosé – My French Country Home Magazine

Provence Living Feature The Road to Rosé with text by Jeany Cronk of Mirabeau Wine and photos by Sophie Bellard was published in the July/August 2019 edition of My French Country Home – Magazine. The article (below) is reproduced with the permission of Sharon Santoni, the creator of this beautiful magazine. …

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French Real Estate Terms Gardens
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real Estate

French Real Estate Terms to Know Before Buying

Buying Property anywhere should cause one to pause and reflect on the investment. However, in France, there are some nuances to the way the residential real estate market operates. In addition, there is associated terminology that is specific to the real estate transaction process that you should know before buying …

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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 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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