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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Bories Stone Provence Gordes
Books on ProvenceGuest PostInspire: Art & Culture

Bories the Stone Heart of Provence

The following is a chapter on the stone Bories of Provence is adapted from Mary-Lou Weisman’s book, Playing House in Provence: How Two Americans Became a Little Bit French. The Weismans arrived in Provence in September 2003 for the first of many visits to the South of France. The couple …

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My French Country Home Magazine
Guest PostMirabeau WinesTaste: Food & DrinkWines 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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Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Buying a Home in Provence and L’Art de la Rencontre

By Vaucluse Dreamer: Yesterday Andy and I sat in the Artisan Bakery on The Quay in Exeter, raising a cup of coffee to celebrate the 3 years since we signed the papers and picked up the keys to our long-dreamed-for house in Provence. Of course we would have rather been …

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Enjoying Living Antibes
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French LessonsLiving in Provence

Back to Enjoying Living in Antibes

By Jemma: It’s all about the ants. I’ve never forgotten the advice from one of my earliest writing teachers. You can go on a glorious picnic – the food, conversation, and the weather all perfection – but you have no story until the ants arrive. They invade your blanket and …

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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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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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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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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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Fall Weather Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePaula Kane

Saying Goodbye to Fall Weather and Provence

By Paula Kane Here it is, the last full weekend of my stint in Provence. The time always whips by and it’s hard to believe I’ve been here just over two months already. This stretch is often punctuated with a wide range of emotions, and this year has been no …

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