Things that make me smile in the South of France

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, if there was any time of year to be grateful for living in south of France, it would have to be right about now. For most of the year, life proceeds in its normal routine:  work / school, making dinner, cleaning house, grocery shopping, etc etc…. But in the…

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Feeling French in the New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all a happy & healthy 2018. We had a calm and relaxing Christmas in the north of France with my in-laws. Of course I ate way too much, and had a few too many glasses of wine, but isn’t that what the…

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Living in France, some of my challenges

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, life is ticking along here in France, and the holiday season is right around the corner (shops are already decked-out with holiday decorations galore), and I’ve been thinking a lot about life here in Provence. So much has changed in my life since I moved to France some 7…

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Moving to a Provençal Village

Greetings dear readers and friends. So… we’ve moved! After living for 7 years in the portside city of Toulon, we recently moved just outside the village of Ollioules – a ten-minute drive from our former home and near the towns of Sanary-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages, and Le Beausset village. We’d been thinking of moving from Toulon for…

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18 Absolutely Fabulous Things about Living in France

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, as an expat, I think we all go through highs and lows when we live abroad. I can go for months desperately craving all the American things I miss back home (mainly tacos, shopping at Target, and anything with pumpkin-spice) and I’d just die to go to a French…

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Colors of the season… Fall in Provence

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, fall in Provence is just whipping past us… witnessed by the fact that Christmas decorations are already on sale in most stores around town. Not to mention that they’re preparing to open our local Christmas market (in Toulon) any day now. No complaints here, as Christmas in France is…

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Moving to France, the Basics

Greetings dear readers and friends! I’ve been getting quite a few emails lately from folks thinking of moving to la belle France, and far from being an expert, I thought it was time to share some of my thoughts on what goes into making a successful transtion. I hope this post will be helpful for…

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You might be living in France if… (18 signs you’re a true-blue Francophile)

Sometimes you start out with a new goal in mind, a dream perhaps, and you’re not sure exactly what direction you’re headed in, but you know you’ve just got to get moving. This was how my expat life started out, fulfilling a “dream” by moving to Italy and then eventually, through a few twists of…

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Slow Sundays in the South of France… or the careful art of doing nothing

Things have really slowed down in the South. It’s hot, humid, the cicadas are chirping away, and the most strenuous activity involves stuffing a towel in a tote & lugging yourself down to the beach. If there’s a better word than languid to describe this time of year, I’m still searching for it. Then we…

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An interview with Elizabeth Bard… author of PICNIC IN PROVENCE

I’m thrilled to post an interview today with Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence.  Today she shares with us her inspiration for moving to the south of France, a few “top tips” for visiting the region, and more about her artisan ice cream company, Scaramouche.  Many thanks to Elizabeth for this…

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