Expat Living Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Expat Living: How Another Year in Provence Flies By

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: This time last year I was writing about our first year in Provence, borrowing the title from Peter Mayle, who so sadly died earlier this year, having fuelled the dreams of so many people over the years (ourselves included) with his wonderful stories of life …

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Expat Living Experiences Provence Bicycle Deborah Lawrenson
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Expat Living Experiences in Provence by Author Deborah Lawrenson

Born in the United Kingdom (UK) to parents who worked in the diplomatic service, Deborah Lawrenson spent much of her childhood moving around the world to China, Kuwait, Europe (Belgium and Luxembourg) and Singapore. After completing English studies at Cambridge University, Lawrenson worked as a journalist in London. Today, she …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Choosing Provence For Your Retirement Home: Gayle Padgett’s Expat Story

Mention Provence as a destination to your friends, and most people have either been and want to return or are dreaming of their first visit. Gayle Padgett and her husband “flirted” with Provence for two decades, often travelling during their vacation time from US government jobs in Germany. As their …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Provence Living Founder Shares the Resources you need for Life in the South of France

From the bright lights of one of the world’s biggest cities to a rural village in the South of France, Susana Iwase Hanson has plenty of experience with relocations. Tri-lingual (English, French and Japanese) and armed with diplomas in linguistics, and international business and marketing, she launched Provence Living in …

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Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Expat Living with Pets It’s a dog’s life in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It’s now nearly 4 months since Millie, our Golden Retriever, arrived for her first visit to France and I think it’s fair to say she has settled in very quickly and already considers Provence as home. I admit that it didn’t start too well, …

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Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

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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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in ProvenceRental & Self-Catered Properties in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Building Roots in Provence Committing to Owning Property

Caroline Longstaffe calls her blog “Shutters and Sunflowers,” the inspiration for its name and her musings came from the picturesque surroundings of the South of France (and beyond). In 2012, Longstaffe and her husband spent a total of 20 months in two French towns, Uzès and Lourmarin. Her heart remains …

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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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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Dreams of Expat Living in Provence Became Reality For Vaucluse Dreamer

Sometimes you wake up suddenly from a dream only for it to disappear from grasp, but in other cases, that vision becomes clearer with time. What if your dream was to live in Provence? Over 25 years ago, Julie Whitmarsh and her husband Andy visited the Vaucluse for the first …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in Provence

Expat Life in France and the Opportunity to Run a Luxury B&B

Relocating to the South of France is often a lifestyle choice, for those seeking a milder climate and slower pace of life. However, it is not every couple who willingly choose to spend their semi-retirement years managing a boutique, 5-bedroom B&B in a new country. In December 2010, Jane and …

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