What Do Expats Do In France?

I sit in the sunshine sipping my espresso coffee and spreading a little more strawberry jam on my buttery croissant. A little earlier I had made the short journey to the boulangerie to get a baguette and croissants for our Australian visitors. As they tucked in to their traditional French breakfast, they asked what my wife Lorraine and I do to fill in time on our retirement adventure....

A European Road Trip with Four-Legged Friends

It's a dog’s life. One of the most common questions we are asked when we are heading off on travels around Europe is: “What about the dogs?” When my wife Lorraine and I retired to France from Australia three years ago, we brought our Dalmatian Scooter with us and within a few weeks of finding somewhere to live, we adopted an old English Setter named Diego who had been in an animal shelter for seven years waiting for us...

Pau, France

People often ask me if there is a single place I can suggest as a retirement destination in France. I love so many places that it is almost impossible to answer but there is one city which seems to tick every box. You may never have heard of it and it is probably off the radar for people starting their search for the ideal retirement lifestyle. The city is Pau (pronounced “poe”) way down in the south west of the country...

Retire in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a favourite for expats and tourists alike and soon there will be a new reason for choosing this ancient city as a retirement destination. In the next couple of years, a new TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse or very fast train) service will be introduced direct to London. This will result in a five-hour journey at speeds of up to 300 kilometres an hour, making it competitive with air travel and without the hassles...

Our Dream Retirement In France: How We Made It Happen

Five years ago, I finished a job with an Australian television network and, a few months off 65, stood little or no chance of finding another job. My wife Lorraine and I had been considering an overseas move for some time. We knew that wherever we went we wanted to take our dog, Scooter. Looking to Europe, we checked out Ireland, Spain and Portugal...

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