“But why?” And other frequently asked questions about moving abroad

“But why?” And other frequently asked questions about moving abroad

When you make the decision to move abroad you are inevitably going to get asked: ‘why’.  You’re going to get asked it a lot. And you’re going to get a lot of different reactions, particularly when the answer is quite often: ‘well, why not?’ This and a number of other frequently asked questions come up overRead More

French style vs. British fashion

French style vs. British fashion

In the latest of my Britain vs. France posts I’m going pretend to be a fashion blogger, but without the pretty pictures of me posing in a carefully selected outfit by a cherry blossom tree. Instead I’m talking about the difference in attitudes to style and consumption of fashion in France and the UK.  As always it’s basedRead More

The prettiest pub in London serves up a mean Thai curry

The prettiest pub in London serves up a mean Thai curry

Now I know what you’re thinking; prettiness and proficiency with Asian food aren’t exactly the usual criteria for judging a good pub. But work with me here. My kiwi had always wanted to go to “that pub with all the flowers” near Hyde Park.  He’d talked about it often so, one day last weekend, after spending hours walking around the NaturalRead More

Local Treasures: Life in the London Suburb of Enfield

Local Treasures: Life in the London Suburb of Enfield

When I say I’m a Londoner, I should really qualify that a little bit:  I’m a ‘zone 5′ Londoner. All this means is that I didn’t grow up with Big Ben on my doorstep and in fact going ‘into London’ was a bit of trip in itself.  I grew up far enough outside of LondonRead More

Britain vs. France: Let’s talk about business

Britain vs. France: Let’s talk about business

Last week I said I was making a list of things that are different between France and Britain as I’d found the two to be rather different. Here is part one of that list. One of the things that has been hardest to adapt to is the difference in business attitudes. I’m sure if a FrenchRead More

Dreaming of New Zealand {a photo recap}

Dreaming of New Zealand {a photo recap}

  I recently filled in one of those highly-scientific “Where should you live” Facebook questionnaire things and it told me that I was destined to live in New Zealand. I’m  trusting Facebook. Who wouldn’t trust Facebook? Soon (in a month or so), we will be flying out of London and flying over to New Zealand again, not toRead More

How to eat, see and do London – by a Londoner

How to eat, see and do London – by a Londoner

Everyone has an opinion about London, whether they’ve lived there, visited or just heard about it. I once had an American guy on the phone ask me, upon finding out where I lived, whether Big Ben was “as magical in the mist” as he imagined? “Sure,” I told him, “magical.” Another time, on a Chinese AirwaysRead More

Britain vs France – An intro to an (un)definitive list

Britain vs France – An intro to an (un)definitive list

  After a year of living in Montpellier, we’re back in London.  Now, I’ve lived in the UK and I’ve lived in France. Therefore, in my head, I am completely qualified to compare the two countries. In England, I’ve lived in that behemoth of a city known as London, and for a little while, Brighton, which isRead More

Wrong Turns and Wineries

Wrong Turns and Wineries

One of the things that we thought would be quite fun about planning a wedding in France but, like many other things, turned out to be quite a challenge, was choosing the wine. Wine was one of Jono’s wedding jobs and he had been dutifully trying them all while I was away in London. One night, ourRead More

The end of one adventure and the start of another

The end of one adventure and the start of another

We did it! We got through our French adventure with a bang and have started our next one as Mr and Mrs. I am writing this post as a married lady, a relaxed and content married lady who has left Montpellier for good and is currently sitting in a bit of a no man’s land inRead More

Time Out at Pont du Gard

Time Out at Pont du Gard

A couple of weeks ago we found ourselves with a car and the intention of visiting some Chateaus to try their wines but it was a Sunday and nothing was going to get a French person to open up shop.  So we decided to take the afternoon off.  After a morning spent sending emails, checking off details andRead More

When it rains, it pours.

When it rains, it pours.

As I’m British, it was only going to be a matter of time before I had to start talking about the weather, and talk about it I will because, right now, it’s raining. Yep. This is going to be an actual post about rain. A little while back I waxed lyrical about Montpellier’s 360 daysRead More

A holiday itinerary for the south of France

A holiday itinerary for the south of France

With our upcoming nuptials (I always thought that word had another ‘u’ in it. Huh. Who knew?) in the south of France fast approaching, many people those coming from far and wide to see us and spend some time in our beautiful region. Quite a few people are making more than a weekend of it, which is wonderful,Read More

Re-bonjour!

Re-bonjour!

Ok. Is this thing on? Um. How do I start again…oh right. HI! Hi there. After a little… ok long… unavoidable hiatus the blog is once again open for business. Welcome! I’ll keep this awkward re-introduction short before I say something weird and end up laughing at my own joke, alone. I’m back in the South ofRead More

BRB…

BRB…

So there I was living my admittedly rather stressful but still quite fairy-tale-esque life of rosé in France planning a wedding to the man of my dreams and then BAM! Life turned up and slapped me right across the face. Ouch. You can’t control what curve balls are gonna get thrown at you and bloggingRead More

Why you really should visit Montpellier

Why you really should visit Montpellier

I’ve noticed I write a lot about the things around Montpellier,  but not so much about the town we live in, so I thought it was high time to fix that.  We’ve only got three months left here (sob) and it’s making me cherish every moment we have in our little southern city. Everyone whoRead More

DIY Wine Tour in Pic St Loup

DIY Wine Tour in Pic St Loup

Last time I took you to Pic St Loup it was to climb it, this time we’re  tasting it.  Pic St Loup is not only gorgeous but it’s also one of the best wine areas in the Languedoc region and, as it’s a hop and skip away from Montpellier, it’s the perfect getaway from theRead More

Climbing Pic St Loup

Climbing Pic St Loup

We are constantly surprised by the beauty surrounding Montpellier. When most people think of the South of France, they think of maybe beaches, cities, yachts, that kind of thing. But the best thing about France isn’t its beaches, or its cities, as great as many of those cities might be. It’s the mixture of immenselyRead More