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Driving In Paris - A Few Survival Tips For Expats

Posted on Tuesday February 25, 2014 (05:43:31)
Driving in Paris can be a nerve-wracking experience for many. The Étoile, for example, is the intersection of twelve major Parisian roads, and maneuvering a vehicle through this junction alone has given many foreigners the jitters. Most holiday-goers are advised to avoid driving in Paris at all costs because of the numerous hassles one is likely to face. But for those who are in the process of making the city their home, driving may become a necessity. While Parisians may have mastered the art of navigating the bustling streets, expats could do with a few survival tips.

Renting a car   more ...

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

Posted on Tuesday February 18, 2014 (02:53:28)
France, with its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, fine wine and scrumptious cuisine, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It probably doesn’t take much to make you want to pack your bags and head to the picturesque French countryside for a weeklong holiday. But moving to a foreign country is something quite different. It is a truly life-changing move, and one that should usually involve a great deal of thought. If you’re wondering whether moving to France is the right decision for you, here are 5 good reasons why it just might be:

• A new cultural experience
Getting introduced to a new culture can always be an opportunity to evolve as a person.   more ...

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France - Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Friday January 31, 2014 (21:10:00)
At Expat Focus, we like to take a look around the internet and see who’s sharing interesting ideas and useful tips for expatriate life all around the world. In our travels, we come across lots of blogs we’d like to recommend, and we’ll be featuring some of them over the coming months. Today we’re focusing on France; here are five of our favourite expats writing from their new French homes.   more ...

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An English Christmas - French Style

Posted on Friday November 29, 2013 (03:26:18)
Rosie's Prawn Cocktail - French Style
I must have blinked, just as I thought Autumn had arrived it was suddenly winter. Its now time to start planning my Christmas, well planning started in March when our turkeys arrived becoming the most pampered live stock here at Half Acre, with a diet of bread, corn and fresh veg. Now they’re ready to repay us by providing us with our Christmas lunch.

Having an extended family here in France there are occasions when we attend two Christmas feasts; a French one Christmas eve and a traditional English one on Christmas day. The French don't have a Boxing day holiday and are usually back at work on the 26th so it makes sense to have a relaxing restrained Christmas day and let the excesses of Christmas Eve fade.   more ...

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Freddy Rueda, Real Estate Languedoc

Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2013 (02:28:44)
Freddy Rueda
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Freddy Rueda's estate agency 'Real Estate Languedoc' has been helping clients find their dream property in the Languedoc region in the south of France since 1995.

Specialising in the Hérault and Aude departments of this beautiful wine-producing region, our agency's goal is to help our international and local clientele in their search for properties in all price ranges. Our agency prides itself on having one of the most extensive portfolios of quality properties in the region, from land to build on to village houses, from villas with pools to small chateaux.   more ...

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Simon Kerridge, Languedoc Property Finders

Posted on Sunday October 27, 2013 (21:05:39)
Simon Kerridge
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I have been in residential estate agency for over 20 years. I began in London in 1989 and moved to Pezenas in 2001. Languedoc Property Finders specialise in helping British buyers and sellers buy and sell property in the Languedoc region of France. We currently have offices in Pezenas and Narbonne and operate in and around those two areas. I believe that buying a property abroad should be fun. An adventure if you like, and we work hard to make the journey as enjoyable and stress free as it should be for both buyer and seller.   more ...

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Bored of Life in France? Visit a Vineyard!

Posted on Friday September 20, 2013 (17:03:23)
As the largest wine producer in the world, France manufactures up to eight millilon bottles per year. The rules surrounding winemaking are strict, with many falling under a protected destination of origin – they can only be produced in the specific area in which they originated. The most well-known of these is probably champagne, which comes only from the Champagne-Ardenne region, but certain vins de table that you may recognise as exports also fall under this category: Vin de Pays d’Oc, for example, hails from Languedoc-Roussillon, and Vin de Pays de Méditerranée is made only in the South-East, predominantly Provence and Corsica.

When you tell people you’re about to move to France, the subject of wine will almost invariably come into the conversation. It’s a central part of French culture and one of the country’s main exports; in 2012, a record income of 10.1 billion Euros came from wine and spirits alone. And with consumption within France itself dropping by nearly 20 percent, producers are relying more and more on foreign exports. What better way to boost the local economy, then, than to set off on a tour of some of the country’s finest wineries?   more ...

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Brittany: A Short History for Expats

Posted on Wednesday September 18, 2013 (21:18:24)
Brittany is quickly becoming one of the most popular areas for expats. Close to the coast and not too far from the English Channel, it’s a convenient residence for UK expatriates in particular, who may want to hop across the Celtic Sea from time to time to visit friends and family. A thriving expat population means that it’s easy to find people who speak English, and winters in the North-West of France tend to be milder than those closer to the Swiss border, where the Alpine winds chill to the core.

The history of this province of France is closely linked with that of the UK; it is often referred to as Lesser or Little Britain, and many of its myths and legends are recognisably Celtic in nature. Indeed, it is considered as one of the six Celtic nations – areas in Western Europe whose original Celtic languages have survived down through the centuries. Brittany’s local tongue is Breton, although nowadays only about twenty percent of the population speak it. We’ve put together a quick history of the region so you can amaze the locals with your knowledge of the area when you arrive. If you’d like to learn more, there are a number of historical tours available across Brittany and Normandy for anyone who’s interested.   more ...

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Moving from London to Paris: What to Expect

Posted on Monday September 16, 2013 (19:39:52)
Courtesy of Bupa International, specialist providers of expat health insurance.

Planning on making a move across the channel from London to Paris? Find out more about what to expect, and what the two capital cities have in common...

Housing

Like all major global cities, space is at a premium in both Paris and London. All that practice you’ve had in making the best of small spaces with clever storage solutions will come in handy. There are certain arrondissements (districts), such as the 2nd and 8th, where house prices and rental rates are sky-high. But if you’re willing to live slightly further out in the less prestigious areas, Paris is quite affordable, and can be slightly cheaper than London. On the whole property prices in France are up to 30% lower than those in Britain.   more ...

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Relocation Help - Schooling Options On The French Riviera

Posted on Wednesday September 11, 2013 (20:22:13)
by Mellissa Wheeler on behalf of La Costa Properties Monaco

Finding the perfect apartment in Monaco or on the French Riviera could be a dream come true but moving abroad means careful planning and there’s a lot to organise. Relocating to a foreign country can have its challenges but what if there are children to consider too?

A move abroad might mean some changes for you; learning a new language, understanding differences in financial practices, organising the sale, purchase or rental of your new home. For those with children of course, the most important factor will be ensuring your children receive the best possible education.

One of the first questions to ask yourself if you’re looking to buy property abroad is whether there are any good schools in the area.   more ...