Nikki McArthur, Toulouse

Who are you? My name is Nikki McArthur, I moved to France from the UK back in 2004 with my husband and three children.We now have five children (the two youngest were born in France). I’m a freelance proofreader / document formatter and run several other businesses with my husband and eldest son. Where, when […]

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Catherine, Annecy

Hi there, Catherine here. My husband and I moved to the French Alps (Annecy) from Australia in 2009 with our then 6, 9 and 12-year-old children.It was certainly not a spur of the moment move – that doesn’t happen when you are 15000 km distant – and it was probably a somewhat tentacular original discussion […]

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Catherine Grindrod-Dean, Cote d’Azur

I first moved abroad in 2015 in order to complete my first season working in France. I worked on a French campsite for a company called Canvas holidays. I was a little worried that, at 34, I would be a lot older than the other staff, but I went ahead with the season as I’d […]

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Katie Gardner, Lauzun

Who are you? Katie Gardner. Where, when and why did you move abroad? To Lauzun, Lot et Garonne, 2008 to get married. What challenges did you face during the move? Getting all the necessary paperwork together.And going from managing a staff of 300 across 11 sites in Scotland to a staff of 1 (my husband) […]

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Katrin Lindenbauer, Bordeaux

Who are you? I am Katrin Lindenbauer, originally from Austria and happy to gain experience abroad for more than two years. Where, when and why did you move abroad? When I was younger, I could not imagine myself living anywhere else than in Austria. I had a lack of self-confidence and considered myself as an […]

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Richard Haylock, Dordogne

Who are you? My name’s Richard Haylock, and my wife’s Alison.Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to the Dordogne in November 2014 after retiring and wishing to open a B+B in a warmer country than Scotland. What challenges did you face during the move? Moving three dogs, two people, two vehicles, […]

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Bruce Smith, Clerac

Who are you? Bruce Smith, a fashion portrait and fine art photographer, author of photography books and tutor of photography.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Clerac near Bordeaux in March 2015 to help a friend restore a Napoleonic chateau. What challenges did you face during the move? At first I […]

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Laura, Haute Vienne

Who are you? My name is Laura, I’m a 34-year-old blogger and psychotherapist living in France since the end of 2018. I work here in France as a micro-entrepreneur offering online counselling to English speakers all over the world. I also run the blog frugalfrance.com and the associated Instagram account @frugalfrance where I focus on […]

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Yvette Van Loon, Paris

Who are you? I am Dutch and living in Paris; love playing golf and I am a member of one of the oldest golf clubs in France situated at the coast of Normandy.I work for an originally Dutch company which has a presence in France. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved […]

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Yvonne Shao, Paris

Who are you? Hello! My name is Yvonne Shao, and I am an American piano teacher-turned-writer. A couple of years ago we decided to travel around the world and then move to Paris. Where, when and why did you move abroad? Because my husband can work remotely, we had thought of moving internationally for a […]

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