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If you enjoyed reading Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence”, learning what it is like to be an Englishman living abroad, then you will probably enjoy the personal blog set up by local expat, Dave Foston, and his wife, Denise.

Set up in April last year,  “We Live in France” provides an Englishman’s view on living in France, and features interesting anecdotes as well as useful information on a range of subjects including entertainment, housing, legal matters and pets.

Asked why he decided to set up this blog, Dave told knowitall.ch, “As international school teachers, Denise and I share a long-standing passion for France, and the French way of life.  As a couple, we have dealt with most aspects of living in France, from dining out with friends or taking a trip to the cinema, to dealing with builders and all the bureaucracy associated with renovating a home in France. We wanted to share our experiences with others, so that newcomers arriving in France might benefit from our new found wisdom - or at least avoid making the same mistakes we have made!”

Denise and Dave are currently living in France, close to Geneva and, while Denise is still teaching, Dave has chosen to spend some of his time writing this new blog about his experiences and daily adventures.

Anyone who has renovated a house in France will immediately associate with Dave’s perspective on how to deal with architects and builders, or how to liaise with notaires and estate agents. In amongst the amusing stories of building projects gone wrong, there is a lot of valuable information for expats considering buying or selling a property, such as understanding the role of estate agents and how to get the best out of them.

Although still in its early stages, We Live In France is building up a solid base of articles that will undoubtedly help to “break the ice” for any newcomer arriving in France.  Visitors are invited to ask questions or post their own comments in response to articles featured on the site, so that readers can benefit not only from Dave and Denise’s experiences of living in France, but also others in similar situations.   

So, whether you are new to the region and are looking for some tips on how to make the most of your time living in France, or you have been here a while and have your own story to tell, take a look at Dave’s blog at We Live in France, and let your voice be heard by posting your own comments too!

Dave Foston
We Live in France – A way of life and a passion
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