5 Great Restaurants For Expats In Monaco

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Monaco has a varied restaurant scene with establishments serving up cuisines from around the world. Being the wealthy destination that it is, many of the country’s eateries are Michelin-starred, sophisticated up-market hotspots. Here are 5 great restaurants in Monaco that expats must visit.

Le Louis XV

Top chef, Alain Ducasse, is the owner of Le Louis XV. This is a hugely popular restaurant at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco known as much for its grand interiors as for its fine food. Le Louis XV holds three Michelin stars and has regularly featured in lists of the world’s best restaurants.   more ...

  5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Costa Rica (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Articles - Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become one of the most popular destinations in the world for expats and retirees. If you’re thinking about moving to this tropical paradise, here are 5 points that may help you decide.

Expat community

Relocating to a country where there is already an established expat community is a big advantage for expats. Costa Rica is one such place where an expat community has grown and developed over the years. These communities not only provide support and practical assistance to new expats, but are also involved in other activities like setting up schools, markets, health clubs and restaurants.   more ...

  5 Foods You Must Try When Living In Turkey

Articles - Turkey

From aromatic home-cooked stews to spicy kebabs, Turkey’s culinary heritage is a blend of varied influences. The flavors that arose from the kitchens of the Ottoman court continue to inspire Turkish cooking today, as do the cooking methods and tastes of the many ethnic communities and cultures that have inhabited the land over the years. While there are many delectable delights in store for anyone who makes a culinary journey through the country, here are five typically Turkish dishes that you must try during your stay.

Hünkar Beğendi

This dish comprises of lamb stew served on a bed of puréed roasted eggplant.   more ...

  5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Qatar

Articles - Qatar

Every year, Qatar receives a large number of foreigners who move there for lucrative job opportunities, tax-free income and a high quality of life. Despite the fast-paced work life and extreme weather of this desert destination, there are a number of things that expats can do for recreation and leisure. Here are 5 must-try experiences in Qatar.

Dhow cruising

Dhows are traditional Qatari fishing boats that were originally used by merchants. Today these modest wooden sailing vessels have been transformed into comfortable boats equipped with most amenities and are used to take passengers on luxury cruises.   more ...

  South Africa Diaries: Part 4 – On To Cape Town [Dec 1990]

James King
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Out of Transkei

As Umtata disappeared behind us in the early morning mist I breathed a sigh of relief at escaping the rawness of this part of Africa. It was, indeed, a short and unique experience and a vastly different environment from the Durban I had left a week ago. At the time I wondered if this was just a taste of what was to come and how I would receive and deal with the many facets of life in South Africa if I stayed for long. In the ensuing years I was to experience the vastness and diversity of this great multi-tribal and multi-cultural land.

I suspect South Africa is the only country in the world with eleven official languages – Afrikaans, English plus nine African tribal languages.   more ...

  A Taste of Home

Rosemary Border Rabson
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Here in rural Burgundy you know where your food comes from. You see your vegetables and fruit growing, often in your own garden. In the field behind our house white Charolais cows suckle their calves or enjoy the attentions of a self-satisfied-looking bull. Local shops and market stalls offer tempting pâtés, terrines and other charcuterie, a bewildering variety of cheeses, and delectable tarts and cakes without an E number in sight. All this and wine too! It seems perverse, therefore, for expats and their visitors to crave the tastes of home; but some of us do.   more ...

  Like Waking From A Deep, Deep Sleep

Toni Hargis
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I saw an article yesterday reminding everyone that London’s iconic “Gherkin” building is ten years old. I’m not familiar with it at all. Oh, I know what it looks like, where it is and that its real name is its street address, 30, St. Mary Axe, but it’s not part of my London. I left in 1990, so the Gherkin, along with the Shard, the new St. Pancras station and many others (not to mention numerous new tube lines) weren’t there when I lived in London.

For four years of my working life I lived in Wimbledon, and these days, despite visiting various friends each year, I can barely navigate my way around. The train station had no shops, and the dreaded one-way system didn’t exist; the only thing that looks remotely familiar is the village High Street.   more ...

  Settling In At "Home"

Susanna Perkins
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Those of you who’ve been following my column for a while know that, after 2-½ years in Panama, my husband and I have returned to the US.

It was a combination of family concerns and a job opportunity that brought us back.

Settling in, though, has been much harder than we expected. Harder even than getting established in Panama when we first moved there.

You see, we’re not back in our old stomping grounds in Orlando, where we lived for 25 years. Instead, we’re in South Carolina.   more ...

  Tales from a Spanish Village: Two Old Fools And Another Fiesta

Victoria Twead
Columnists - Victoria Twead

When we moved to our Spanish mountain village ten years ago, we soon became familiar with the families who lived here. All of them were friendly and charming and we enjoyed watching the kids grow as the years passed. Little Paco next door had a friend, Miguel, who once tapped on our door, eager to show us his white rabbit. The rabbit hopped around our living room and was only evicted when it threatened to nibble through the TV cable.

Every passing year is marked by the village fiesta in October and the weather has always been kind to us. This year, however, as fireworks exploded in the sky at midday to herald the start of the fiesta, we looked up to see ominous grey clouds gathering above the mountain tops.   more ...

  It Must be Nice Being an Expat Wife in South Africa

Marla Sink Druzgal
Columnists - Marla Sink Druzgal

“It must be nice being an expat wife. I mean, you get to have like a 2-year vacation, huh?”

I was surprised and a little more than hurt to hear these words from a South African I’ve gotten to know. But I tried to imagine my life from her perspective: she sees me several times a week at a local coffee shop, where I read, write, use my laptop or chat with local workers. I could see she thought my time in her country was one long tea party.

I considered asking her to actually read what I write, to see that the books, chats, observations and photography influence my work and I hope that I, in turn, influence my readers to see South Africa differently.   more ...


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