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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...

Mixing Work and Play on The French Riviera

Slowly sipping a delightful glass of local wine at my favourite Riviera beach cafe, engaged in some serious people-watching, my waiter abruptly races by, arms outstretched, to rescue a startled woman, perched atop her chair trying desperately to escape a renegade wave. Mission accomplished and with everyone safe, a chorus of “bravos” briefly erupts from us cafe-diehards, braving Nice’s October weather...

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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