replied to the thread Towns with no Car needed
on the France forum:
My girlfriend and I would like to spend 3 months in France and would like a place that doesn't require a car.
We are thinking of a place that has a small village feel with markets, a couple of bistros and not too far from larger cities.
Any suggestions? Close to the Spanish border would be nice.
Do some local research on all the routes of the €1 bus that runs all through Languedoc. It runs as a public service along most of the major routes. It stops everywhere. If you are in a hurry, no. If you want to see the countryside and get a glimpse of villages and towns you want to go back to, yes.
I know that there has to be information and maybe an approximate timetable. I read the route signs posted at the station.
I found it at the Perpignan train/bus station. It is run by the local/regional government and does not appear in any tourist or guide book publication that I have seen.
Oh, BTW, the station that Dali called the center of the universe is the old building just across the tracks; take the underground walkway, don't cross the tracks.
Colliourre last march was lovely. Lots of business not open, which was OK; I'm not one for shopping as entertainment. The art museum is good. The TVG to barcelona is spendy. The train along the water that stops EVERYWHERE is a lot less expensive.
You need some stamina for walking as Colliourre is pretty spread out around the harbor. I expect high season would be a lot more expensive.
posted Please help. Mum wants to move to France!
on the France forum on November 23, 2014:
We are a French family of 3. We just moved back to Paris after spending 4 years in Seattle. We are looking for a native English speaker to look after our 6-year-old son after school for the whole 2014/2015 school year (through June).
A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Nice, France
The city of Nice is like in holidays ! Beautiful city with many things to do. There are museums, the famous "Promenade des Anglais", etc. If you want to study there are international schools and business school. But at the airport of Nice, you need to take a transfer company ( http://www.nice-airport-transfer.fr ) to go at home, principaly on the evening. Enjoy your stay.
A reader replied recently with:
I am an expat living in Nice (blog: 24/7 in France) and find the city offers a wide range of activities for everyone! You don't really need a car, as public transportation is easy and accessible. It just takes making an effort to find what you like! Bienvenue!
posted Women's quartet in Brittany
on the France forum on November 21, 2014:
replied to the thread Marseillan
on the France forum:
I can't see any recent activity here but hopefully, someone will answer my question regarding Marseillan in Languedoc-Roussillon. Are there any English-speaking expats in that area? Is there much to do over there or it's necessary to drive to Montpellier for cultural events or entertainment? How about locals? Are they friendly and approachable?
Thanks beforehand for answering :)
Kora from Canada
replied on November 16, 2014 with:
Thank you, Marren, for your info on Marseillan :) It gives me some idea about the place. I am also an English-speaking Canadian (from Southern Ontario) who doesn’t speak French, so if I decided to move to France, I’d have to learn it from scratch (which wouldn’t be that easy at my age anymore i.e. at 59…lol).
So, Kora, thanks to marrenflynn's reply, you have the true picture. I'm pleased that someone who lives in the area confirms the impressions of a mere visitor (moi). If you explore, you CAN socialize locally. (Doesn't mean Montpellier isn't worth spending some time. I say again, it is.)
replied to the thread Best cell phone provider
on the France forum:
I need to get a cell phone in France. Does anyone know the best provider for call quality around France and Europe? Orange or SFR?
I have Orange for internet and Bougyes's discount service for my mobile, and all I can say is: Orange is expensive, but my internet is VERY reliable, whereas the Bouyges service is cheap (3 euros a month) but it's barely useable. I can't pick up service indoors, no matter whose house I'm in. My friends with the Free phone have the same problem. So, as someone already noted, cheap things are cheap for a reason. Or, as my ex father-in-law used to say "Cheap things are made to keep poor people poor."
Not really orange, they have the worst reputation and are the most expensive. Heard of Free? 2€ a month and in some cases its, well, free. Lots of my clients use them including me and for a few years now.vthey are great.
Please Help SARL
The available bedroom is at the back of the building so no traffic noise. I am 31 and looking for someone to share the apartment with me.