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Please Introduce Yourself Here

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in France.
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Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Post Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:20 am

Hello everyone

My name is Andrew and my wife Sue and I moved permanently to France in July this year (2015) from Cheshire.
We have set up our own business called Astrofarm and we are offering UK astronomers residential holidays in the South of France with all the equipment they need to be able to view and photograph the night sky. Our website is: www.theknowledgeobservatory.com

I am looking forward to starting a new Astronomy group in the New Year for ex-pats and local French alike.

Any questions regarding Astronomy/telescopes/Astro-photography please do get in touch.


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Post Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:00 am

Hi all, My name is Jim Smithson and I have been living permanently in Boiry Bequerelle, just south of Arras, for about 18 months now I am a retired teacher and now I am a writer and battlefield guide here in France, enjoying every minute! If all goes well my book on the 1st Battle of the Scarpe, April 9th to 14th 1917 will be published by Helion Books around November next year.


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Post Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:21 pm

Hello, my name is Lynda my husband and I are hoping to buy in France next year, we are flying out to Carcussonne in March to spend 11 nights travelling around the area from Carcassonne to Perpignan Beziers areas, looking at some villages and hopefully view some villas, is there anyone out there who could give us some advise ? we will be renting 2 bedroom apartments or villas for 2 - 3 nights around the areas, and looking at detached 3+ bedroom houses near a town or village our budget to buy is around £160 mark if anyone has a property for sale we will welcome any details many thanks Lynda


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:09 am

I joined ExpatFocus recently.
I am retired and have been living in France for 5 years now and I'm located at Castelnau le Lez, a suburb of Montpellier.
After retiring, I moved to the sunny south of France partly for the climate and partly for economical reasons; my pension is worth more here than anywhere else.
I already spoke passable French when I arrived having worked in a management capacity for a French overseas subsidiary for 7 years.
Most of my time is taken up enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine and French wines and food but I also find time for digital photography, reading, sport etc. Also, I still like to travel whenever I can.
Best regards,
Alan Howlette


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Post Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:34 am

Hi there,

We are Tim & Lis.

We are Kiwi's, living in heartland rural New Zealand and are working through the process of shifting to France for life's next great adventure. We are in our early-mid 50's, a time when most of those around us seem to be getting ready to retire and die. Lis and I are the kind of people who when we find things getting stagnated get up and move to somewhere with new life and new blood to invigorate us and keep the grey cells working.
We have travelled to France twice & simply fell in love with the country and the people we meet. First visit was in 2000 when we toured in our Mini Cooper- a real one Wink We did the "Italian Job" charity rally and then stayed on to visit some of the locations in France that I worked at during my teens and early 20's (more later). We returned in 2014 for 8 weeks of self-drive holiday starting in Nice and working down the med to the Pyrenees, then up the mountains to visit some of the famous Tour De France routes, yes I had my bike. Then the Dordogne and locations beyond up to Saumur for a bike race series with the local cycle club. OK Lis drove and I rode everywhere I could.

Ok back to my being there in my teens and early 20's. I'm an LCG trained Chef and spent my early career chasing the name restaurants and Chefs, I worked with some of the greats of the 80's including Sanderson, Troisgoie Brothers, met Bocuse, and many others. Did some time at Lenoir's and Auberge de Lion in Paris. Largely unpaid and living in the couches of people I met. Sadly my return to NZ was met by the stock market crash of 87, when we all know that basically the top end of hospitality shut down. So all that skill and learning was to no avail, and my most common rejection letter was sorry but to highly skilled!

Lis is a talented, and very patient accounts and financial admin clerk- her description being a clerk. but she's much more than a paper shuffler.

When we came back to NZ we realised we'd left our hearts in France, and just nothing has felt right for us since, and we are desperate to return.
We've considered many options, and as we both hold British Passport the shifting is a non-issue (currently???) but income is. So if you'll forgive the cliche expat idea we feel that a B&B and or Gite venture would be perfect for us. But with a twist. I'm looking for something close to UK direct airports and offering cooking weekends. OK boozy party and we cook some food weekend for some

I think there may be room for someone with my training in classic and modern french cuisine running plain English classes on how to cook like a french chef. I've been doing some tutoring at a local catering school in NZ, and I'm told Im a natural as I talk with both mouth and hands in a way that is relaxing. I don't know Lis might be biassed .

Anyway long story short- trust me for me the above is short! We hope to transition across in 18-24 months.
Any pointers or advise greatly appreciated.


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Post Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 5:47 am


- My name is Lauren and I come from (guess with my username) London!
- Currently living in the city of Lights
- I moved here for personal reasons - couldn't do long-distance with my SO.
- Reading, Redddit, Friends, and Food!

Hope your day is going well


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Post Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 5:07 pm

Hi Carole,

we are Lynda and Yony 53 and 60, both semiretired and hoping to buy in France later this year, we are coming out in March for an 11 night holiday staying in Carcassonne, Perpignan, Narbonne Nimes and one there place landing back in Carcassonne, our aim is to look at the region and the towns and villages to see if this is the place for us to settle, We both retire in June so will be ready to move anytime after once we find our perfect place, we are currently learning the language and looking forward to a new life in France, we are looking for a a detached bungalow or house on the edge of a town or village and we both want to be a part of the local community, my background is in social care and Tony's is construction we are both interested in DIY, gardening, walking, eating out, and are looking forward to meeting new friends and trying new things, we are both quiet calm people and are friendly and kind & helpful we enjoy company and our own company,if anyone has any ideas for us or places you think we should visit when we come over to France then we would appreciate any advise or information, or if anyone know of any nice properties that we could view while we are out that would be great, our budget is around £130 -£200 we would like a pool and large garden with outbuildings or garages near amenities and not to far from a large town with health care etc, if we could find somewhere within 1 hour of the coast and any airport that would be ideal, many thanks i look forward to hearing from you
Lynda & Tony xx


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