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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

The Month of August in Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Tuesday September 13, 2016 (15:58:31)   (213 Reads)

June Finnigan

Bee Eaters & Hoopoes, Teresa May, AC Milan, Ferragosta, Celebrity Weddings, Certaldo Onions and the Earthquake

June Finnigan – English Writer & Rock Singer.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The Best Place To Retire Overseas As A Single Woman

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday September 12, 2016 (16:54:29)   (716 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

It’s easier to adapt to a new life overseas when you move with a spouse or partner. You can laugh (or cry) together at the inevitable trying times that arise. It’s more of a challenge to move abroad on your own, and it can be even more intimidating for single women than it is for single men.

Some retirement destinations are far more suitable for single women moving abroad than others. One place that could be a good fit for many women is Álamos, Mexico.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Paradise Lost, Paulownia And The Burkini Ban

Posted by: marelebas on Monday August 29, 2016 (14:17:24)   (273 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

I am typing this on (British) August Bank Holiday, in a sizzling heatwave. Our trees, notably the paulownia adjoining our patio, are shedding their leaves. When the paulownia flowered for the first time in 2015, I emailed Carmela Delcros, who had planted it as a tiny sapling when she and Georges built the house 22 years ago. No flowers this year, but we collect a barrowload of handkerchief-size leaves daily.

Was there a Paulownia in the Garden of Eden? Carmela also planted a fig tree...    more ...


Columnists > Bec Baxter

Bec Baxter

Getting an Au Pair – A Cultural (and Literal) Education

Posted by: Scar on Tuesday August 23, 2016 (11:14:44)   (324 Reads)

Bec Baxter

Getting an au pair can be a fantastic, entertaining and relatively inexpensive idea. But listen to the advice of others and prepare assiduously to avoid a load of potential problems.

Maybe I’m being a bit of a princess since my husband moved abroad to work, but I don’t think that I can manage a very full time job, two children, housework and all of the other mum stuff without some help.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

The Month of July

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday August 13, 2016 (17:18:17)   (224 Reads)

June Finnigan

Bentornato to my monthly column, where I bring you up to speed with the previous month’s thrills and spills in beautiful Chianti in Tuscany, Italy.    more ...


Columnists > Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

How Non-American Families (Legally Here) Are Being Torn Apart

Posted by: ToniChicago on Sunday July 31, 2016 (18:32:00)   (1960 Reads)

Toni Hargis

Most people aren’t aware of a shocking situation that some non-American families, legally in the USA, find themselves in. Although the DREAM Act aims to help undocumented children gain continuous residency in the US, children of legal “aliens” (E2 Treaty Investment visa holders) still face deportation.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Burgundy by Bike, Delays at Dover and Sex on the Beach

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday July 28, 2016 (17:13:06)   (376 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Our next visitors to Charity Cottage are due on 13 August. Keith, his son and his son-in-law are coming by car – with three bikes on the car roof. They emailed us several weeks ago, asking about interesting places to see by bike. As always, I was happy to do a spot of research.    more ...


Columnists > Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

When Americans Come Home

Posted by: ToniChicago on Sunday July 17, 2016 (20:33:46)   (1901 Reads)

Toni Hargis

We hear a lot about repatriation being just as difficult as re-locating in the first place. Usually I wonder how I would fare, moving back to England after twenty six years in the USA, but a comment on a friend’s Facebook page made me wonder what it’s like for Americans moving back to the States after years abroad.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

The Month of June

Posted by: junefinnigan on Friday July 15, 2016 (16:55:58)   (333 Reads)

June Finnigan

70th War End Celebrations, Weddings, Panacotta and Rose Digestivo, Earthquakes, Silvio, My Birthday and The Rock Chick Band’s sixth Annual Concert in Beautiful Chianti

There is no other way to say it, I absolutely adore the month of June in our little bit of Tuscany. Yes, I know it’s my birthday month and the Rock Chick Band’s Annual Concert is in the final week, but it’s not only that.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Retirement Overseas Is Cheaper Than You Might Think

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Thursday July 14, 2016 (16:23:44)   (3265 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Two Reasons You Can’t Afford Not To Retire Overseas

Your retirement nest egg has been marginalized, and you’re thinking there’s no way you could afford to retire overseas.

This is probably the most-often-given reason for why someone who’s interested in the idea of launching a new life in a new country hesitates or even abandons the idea altogether. And it’s the least valid. Here’s the truth: You can’t afford not to retire overseas.

I’m speaking both literally and figuratively.    more ...