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Moving to a new area is a big deal at the best of times, but what if you’re upping sticks to a whole new country, with a different language, culture and way of doing things to contend with? We know there’s a lot to think about, and that’s why we’ve put together some great advice blogs – along with some more light-hearted content – to help you settle in!

Ça et là

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

How do you prefer your castles — medieval or Renaissance? Visitors to Bourdeilles in the Dordogne don’t have to choose.

Going to hospital – the ‘rendevous’

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part one of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at the always-joyful rendevous!

Going to hospital – the forms

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part two of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at the pleasures of filling in forms!

Going to hospital – getting ready to go in

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part three of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at how you should prepare for your operation.

Going to hospital – admission

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part four of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at what happens when you’re admitted.

Going to hospital – the day of the op

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part five of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at what happens on the day of the op.

The day I visited a faith healer

Sue Jones | Health

This is France and there are treatments that you won’t necessarily find down at the corner surgery in rural England. When I had shingles, the doctor prescribed a visit to a faith healer!  Before you ask, no, this was not covered by the health system!

The Life of Riley?

Katie Gardner | Lifestyle

So you’ve achieved your long-held dream, retired or semi-retired and moved to France. So here you are, living the life of Riley. Or are you? And if not, why not?

Working towards a waste-free life

Julie Wackrill | Health & Beauty

Converting to a waste-free life doesn’t happen overnight and so should you. I think that if you try to do something life-changing overnight then it probably won’t last so, lots of small changes are needed to ‘shake your world’.