Saturday, July 22, 2017

Videos of Carcassonne's Bastille Day Fireworks, 2017 France

The Village of Serres and Rennes-les-Bains, Languedoc France

Serres is a tiny village surrounded by vineyards; and Rennes-les-Bains is a thermal waters spa town.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Couiza, A Small Village in Languedoc, France

I'm not a small town living kind of person but I don't mind a few months checking out the countryside and villages in the Valley just outside of Carcassonne. I have a 2-bedroom apartment with a canal view in Couiza. The town has a lovely Chateau with an upscale restaurant where a friend and I dined.

Chateau - see following photos for interior

Couiza church

my apartment - middle floor with blue shutters

View from my window

View from my window evening

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fete du Musique (Festival of Music) in the tiny town of Couiza, France

This is the first festival I've experienced since moving back to France. This is in Couiza, France.  It's a tiny village so only one band on the streets. In bigger towns, there are many bands all over the streets.

The Fete du Musique is an event that happens in virtually every town, city and village of France on June 21st.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sur Mesure Restaurant, Paris France (video review)

We were sent as 'mystery shoppers/eaters' to Sur Mesure, a Michelin Star restaurant located at a 5 Star Hotel in Paris. We had a 75 Euros lunch (there was also a choice of a 150 Euro lunch). We were to evaluate the food, service and decor. You can read the review on my blog - just put Sur Mesure in the search bar. The cuisine is 'molecular cooking' which I did not find appealing. The service however was exceptional.  Really fascinating experience!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

NEW Chambery, France EGuidebook: Gem of the French Alps

New Chambery, France Eguidebook: Chambery - the Gem of the French Alps

Written by me, this is the only Chambery Guidebook in English in existence (that I'm aware of). You can buy it for only $2.99 here:

Chambery is in the middle of the French Alps and is the capital of Savoie (Savoy for you English speakers). It's a pretty town, although admittedly, a little too quiet for my taste after 26 years of living in Los Angeles. But it is a lovely city with lots of charm and history. For instance, it was the home of the Shroud of Turin for many years. I bet you didn't know that!

Here are some photos of this pretty town. By the way, the ceiling of this church is actually Trompe L'oeil painting. It looks like the real thing but it isn't. Chambery is the home of the largest collection of Trompe L'oeil painting in Europe. You can find it all over the streets too. A little know fact about Chambery is that it held the Shroud of Turin for 70 years during its history. Read about it in my ebook.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

My New Ebook for Sale - The Expatriate's Roadmap to Successfully Moving Overseas

My Ebook - The Expatriate's Roadmap to Successfully Moving Overseas

To learn more about the expat life, how to successfully move overseas, and what you need to know about living abroad read my book, The Expatriate's Roadmap to Successfully Moving Overseas. You can buy it for only $3.99 on Amazon.  Great reviews.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Carcassonne, Languedoc region of France - My New Home (video)

I'm happy to announce that I have just arrived in the small town of Couiza, in southern France, 40 minutes outside of Carcassonne. I'm not here on vacation. I'm here to rent for about nine months as I settle in, see how the community and city feels to me, and then begin my search for a small house or apartment to buy in the area. I already have friends here and have visited in the past. Now I hope I have found my 'forever home.'

The short video gives you an overview of the city of Carcassonne. It is mostly known for the fully restored Medieval castle (12th century) that sits on the hill overlooking the new section of Carcassonne. The castle was fully restored in the 1800's.  I hope you enjoy the video. Photos and videos taken by me to follow in the future.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Leaving for France - Permanently

In a few days I leave for France, carrying several luggage bags and two cats with me. I have a friend coming with me to carry one of the cats while I carry the other. This way I won't have to put one through the nightmare of going in cargo.

I sold my house a few weeks ago and moved out to stay at my brother-in-laws for three weeks while I did last minute errands and preparations before leaving.

The past few months I have watched my country, America, become a country I don't recognize anymore. A country run by greedy, corrupt, cruel men who care nothing about American citizens and have cut programs that will make our water and air toxic, our seniors hungry and homeless, our schools education available mostly to the wealthy, take away rights from immigrants, women, people of color and Muslims, and angers the rest of world. We are not the United States that I grew up in anymore. We are a new America that caters to the white male population and the rich. Those who govern us now are rich, white, corrupt, self-serving, greedy and ignorant. I cannot sit here and watch it with front row seats anymore.

I have been thinking of moving back to France from the first step I took back on American soil 18 months ago - I returned to build up my businesses again and sell my properties. After Trump's election I had no doubts anymore that returning to France was the goal. I have been working towards that goal for a year and now I am ready.

My stepchildren and my friends are in France. My work I can do from anywhere. There's really no reason to stay in the U.S. any longer.

Here are some photos of my house I sold and the boys I will be taking with me to start my new life. I will be based in the south of France for the first year as I choose a community and look for a small apartment to buy, which will be my final home.

I will continue to take photos and videos with my new cameras and post them here on this blog. I look forward to sharing my adventure with you visually.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Toulon, France - Video

Overview video of Toulon, France.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Parc Ornithologique/Bird Preserve in Camargue, France

A remarkable bird and wildlife sanctuary in Camargue, France.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

French Alps & Provence Tour - 1 minute compilation video

Join us in the French Alps this September. Still room. See more on our website:   - Pick French Alps Tours tab

Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Ebook about Successfully Moving Overseas - Tons of Info for $4.99

My new Ebook - The Expatriate's Roadmap to Successfully Moving Overseas

To learn more about the expat life, how to successfully move overseas, and what you need to know about living abroad read my book, The Expatriate's Roadmap to Successfully Moving Overseas. Great reviews. You can buy it for only $4.99 on Barnes and Noble