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thelmascudi replied to the thread Towns with no Car needed on the France forum:
westonjazz initially posted:
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.
thelmascudi replied on November 25, 2014 with:
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.
thelmascudi replied on November 22, 2014 with:
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.
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R4ch posted Please help. Mum wants to move to France! on the France forum on November 23, 2014:
Hello, My 62 year old mum has decided she wants to move to France on her own. It has been a lifelong dream and she speaks very fluent French so we think she will be ok! I wonder if anyone could recommend a village or town that is relatively cheap to rent property in, not too far from Spanish border and also pretty? Thanks so much! Hope you can help.
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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
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
French Classes at the Alliance Francaise, Fitness Club. There is also a center for visitors to Nice called the AVF but the one in Nice, caters mostly to older people. The website, www.angloinfo.com is also a good resource for English-speaking people living in the Cote d'Azur region. (Continue)
brucespringerton replied most recently with:
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!
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djd posted Women's quartet in Brittany on the France forum on November 21, 2014:
Hello, I am trying to form a women's barbershop quartet in central west Brittany. At the time, we are three. I prefer someone who can somewhat read music and has some daytime slots for rehearsal. djd
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Kora replied to the thread Marseillan on the France forum:
Kora initially posted:
Hello everyone, 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
Kora 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).
ellenyparis replied on November 15, 2014 with:
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.)
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marrenflynn replied to the thread Best cell phone provider on the France forum:
jrlilja initially posted:
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?
marrenflynn replied on November 15, 2014 with:
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."
pleasehelpsarl replied on October 23, 2014 with:
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. John Please Help SARL
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: If you're living in Paris and in search of a place to dine on Thanksgiving, we have several suggestions. If you're cooking Thanksgiving dinner, find out where you can order a turkey. (Continue)
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.
erdeme posted Drink Driving in France Causes Jail ? on the France forum:
Dear all, Good day. I just had a terrible day ended in police station yesterday here in Brest. I am a Turkish engineer working for a Dutch company here for one year contract and actually next month I am turning back due to end of contractç So yesterday evening I drank much in a restaurant close to my house and then have been caught immediately by police as soon as I moved my car to turn back home. They asked me and I said 2 beers only (was more of course) I drank and so then they took me to station and upon the test It was something 1,8 bac. So then they said that I am going to spend the night in the cell at police stattion. Then morning late morning let's say, my colleagues came and took me out without paying any fine or bail. BTW they gave me a hand-written paper stating the adres of police station including a certain date and time. It says "commissariat de brest brigade accidents " Now the question is what kind of an appoinment could it be ? It will be something a court or what ? I started to be afraid about jail which is mentioned clearly in French laws after 0,8 bac up to 2 years. Any one has experience/knowledge with subject before ?
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