Hello Everyone, I am seeking some advice on a topic that has left me utterly indecisive. A little background on myself, I am married to a native French, specifically Marseille. We have been living together thus far in the United States for 3 years. We are at a point in our lives where we need to make the decision of where we want to live, NY or Marseille. One of the main concerns for me is finding a job. I can understand French pretty well but I have trouble expressing myself in the language, I know this is a huge issue but I would be willing to do most any job, I just want something that can bring income in while I am learning French. I've read about babysitting or teaching English, but I wanted to know if there were any other options or if those are even realistic job prospects. Does anyone have any suggestions or have experienced a similar transition to this? Any advice would be much appreciated!Thank you ahead of time for taking the time to answer.
I'm considering making the move to France and starting to look at the best places to find homes. Found a great french property listing website that cuts out the expensive french estate agents, worth checking out if your considering purchasing a place :) easyfrenchlife (.) com With the Pound strong against the Euro, it seems like a great time to start a new life in France! Any other sites you can recommend, it would be great to hear!
Hi Planning to buy a small, light, classic car (1000 kgs) near Colmars but will need it to be transported back to Oxfordshire / Gloucestershire or, nearby area within the next 2 weeks. Engine has seized! Maybe someone has or, knows of an empty car trailer / cheap transport company returning to the UK? Many thanks email@example.com
Because I am now a resident of France, although a British citizen, I am no longer allowed to keep the part 3 registration of my boat, a 10m sailing boat. My choices are to use part 1 registration, which will cost at least £1, 250. for a pointless tonnage survey or to flag out. The part 1 option is closed to me because of cost , but what are the drawbacks of French registration? (I already pay pavillion)
I am looking at appartments to buy in Spain for holidays and for renting. Obviously I want to buy ner the beaches. Can anyone offer any advice on the best regions, places to buy? For example, is it easy enough to rent an appartment over the summer months? Are the prices really negotiable? What would be the areas to avoid at all costsI want a 2 bed/ 2 bath appartment, modern, with a terrace. Not having any experience with spanish real estate agents, any tips/traps on how to deal with them. Don't speak spanish, but french and englishany advice would be welcomethanks
We're an Anglo-American couple who began our European travels on 16 May. Thus far, we've spent time in Hay-on-Wye, Wales (during the Hay literary festival), Lille, Paris, Fontainebleau and Vichy, the latter having been a two-month stay at a lovely campsite just outside of town, in Abrest.We're traveling in the spirit of Lao Tzu's suggestion that, "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving". In other words, we're traveling without set destination, timetable or return date. That said, we would like to continue our travels through France and onwards to Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. We're also documenting our travels via our respective websites (http://MindfulLivingGuide.com and http://MufidahKassalias.com). Mufidah also maintains a separate website for her Mac Made Easy tuition services (http://MacMadeEasy.biz).To help us to continue traveling on a shoestring, we're looking for: 1) house/pet sitting and 2) work opportunities, anywhere in France, particularly enroute between Vichy/Auvergne and Burgos/Spain.We both have countless professional and vocational skills which can quickly be gleaned via our respective websites. And we're both good cooks, enjoy traveling to new places, meeting new folk, learning languages, etc.If you can offer any such opportunities as noted above — or know someone who might be interested — we'd greatly appreciate your contacting us by replying to this discussion topic. THANK YOU in advance for your help.With warm regards,Sean & Mufidah
We receive two bills from Saur in 3 months. One for 130 Euros and one for 106 Euros. We live in a tiny one bedroom house with no garden. To receive two bills in a space of 3 months is a bit too much. We do not use a lot of water and the bill has been estimated; even though the chap read the meter in August last year and is due again this year.There seems to be no consistency in the way they send their bills. Sometimes it is November, sometimes in July and this time in February and May. No body else seems to have received two bills and for such big amounts for such a small house.Can anyone explain please. I am slowly having a nervous breakdown. We have had trouble with EDF, CPAMS, Orange, the Tax people and now SAUR. Hope someone will give me some positive information.Valentine
We have recently relocated - retired - here in Hyeres after a 10 year expatriation in Inidia and Vietnam. I am French and my husband is British. We had a very active social life especially in Bombay but find it very quiet here. Have not tried the AVF as yet. Would love to play mahjong again and imporve my bridge skills. Can anybody give us some advice? Thank you. Francoise
Most stray cat associations and refuges in France are fully occupied helping to alleviate feline suffering. I wonder if you could help us, here in Poitou Charente, by supporting our petition asking for approval by Local Government of Trap-Neuter-Release as the only means of humanely reducing stray cat numbers. If just one Department in France, out of 95, adopts TNR, then a door will be open to the rest of France. Our petition is entitled 'HELP FRANCE BECOME A CAT-FRIENDLY COUNTRY' which we will present to Madame President of the Conseil General of Charente Maritime - Department 17 - France. You can click on the link to our website - http://www.la-protection-des-chats.com - and sign the petition there or you can go direct to the petition by clicking on - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-make-France-a-cat-friendly-country. You will doing a great service for stray cats in France - thank you.
I had one of the most embassassing moments in my life yesterday, having come back from shopping all out and flustered I wanted to cool off quickly and in particular remove my tighter fitting items of clothing, so I did what us women do, whip off my bra whilst keeping my clothes on. Well my retired male neighbour called by at our kitchen door to offer some plums he had just picked just as I was doing the final manouvre. I am not sure which was redder the plums , my neighbours face or my own as I stood there with my bra waving loosely in my hand! Anyone else out there wish to share their embarrassing moments down here?
In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where their family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber. "I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news," he said as he surveyed the worried faces. "The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It's an experimental procedure, very risky but it is the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the brain yourselves." The family members sat silently as they absorbed the news. After a great length of time, someone asked, "Well, how much does a brain cost?" The doctor quickly responded, "£5,000 for a male brain, and £200 for a female brain." The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked. A man unable to control his curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, "Why is the male brain so much more?" The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, "It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to mark down the price of the female brains, because they've actually been used." SEND THIS TO A SMART WOMAN WHO NEEDS A LAUGH AND TO THE MEN YOU THINK CAN HANDLE IT!
Hello AngloINFO community, I am a Bostonian, living in Provence, heading to NYC and Coney Island late this summer. I would like to travel between Boston and NY via Amtrak Acela Train, take a few hours in the city to sightsee upon arrival in the morning, then head out to Coney island in order to attend the Friday night fireworks. Looking for suggestions and advice on how best to manage sightseeing in NY (I assume Saturday will be an easier day to sightsee than Friday), how to best get around, what sights are really MUST SEES, and where to stay that won't cost me an arm and a leg! I would prefer to stay somewhere in Brooklyn Friday evening as the subway after 10 doesn't really interest me much. There is a Best Western one mile from Coney Island that suits me just fine but if anyone knows of a good B&B, I'd prefer that as long as a cab ride will be available to that area after the fireworks have ended... Saturday...into the city by subway, sightsee, and night time Amtrak Acela back to Providence/Boston. Thanks in advance to anyone with NYC/Coney Island knowledge. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Weekend and Thanks!
Hi, it's the New Zealand family again. I had such good luck on this forum last month I'll try again with a new question... We are planning to be in the Dordogne region for 3 weeks at the end of June/beginning of July and wondered if anyone had advice on a great place to stay - We are a family of 6 (4 kids aged 4 - 12yrs) so thought a campground or Gite would keep everyone happy with pool/sports/potential friends nearby and day trips to Sarlat, Las Caux II, Dordogne River and Cahors being on the list of things to do. Any thoughts? Have you had a successful holiday in the region - what did you do and where did you stay? With thanks for any advice, Kate
I've been having a debate with some friends following the Finnish Victory in the Eurovision song contest, and we can not think of a single famous Fin! The only thing I can think Finland is famous for is the invention of the Sauna - does anyone have any other ideas?
I shall be walking from my current home in the Aude, to the house where I was born, in Blackpool, Lancashire. I plan to take 70 days for the walk and to arrive 70 years, to the day, after I was born. I will be walking an average of 30 kms a day, 6 days a week, for 10 weeks. If anybody wants to follow my planning, preparations, training, and eventually the walk itself (starts on May 15th 2010) my blog address is: