Category Archives: France

VIDEO: Les Cascades. Zach’s birthday water-park. Trévoux, France

I’ve previously written about some of our frustrations of being based in France and really how child un-friendly it can be.  One of our biggest struggles was knowing what to do with the kids on their birthdays as we found France so limiting. Luckily for us, this water park in Trevoux came recommended by one of…

Washing clothes on the road; packing light & protecting the environment

;This is not a new discovery, far from it, but it’s one that works really well for us so I thought I’d share it with you. Whether we try to limit clothes and pack minimilistically or take everything we own, we still need to wash our clothes and with three kids who seem incapable of…

Making airbnb work for you

US AirBNB has saved our arse quite a few times; saving us from homelessness in France; allowing us to tour Europe in the summer of 2016 and encouraging us to travel the world at a fraction of the cost (in comparison to staying in hotels) however it’s also bitten us on the arse a few times…

How to prepare for a road trip

Follow my blog with Bloglovin  All photos taken with my phone and thus quality is not great. Road trip baby!! In July 2016 we packed up our car and started out on a journey that would see us clock up 7,200km! Yes you read that correctly. Seven THOUSAND kilometres. Looking back even I cannot comprehend…

24 things I learned from living in Lyon

Prior to moving to Lyon, we were warned by a French man from the north of France that Lyon and the south-east were particularly hostile to ‘incomers’. We laughed it off! We’re used to moving around, we’re used to adapting, we speak French, so… there’ll be no problem right!  WRONG! Here are just a few…

  • Cynthia GiblingOctober 22, 2016 - 8:15 am

    wow! That is some eye opener. Thanks.

  • EmmaOctober 22, 2016 - 11:28 am

    I think it so much depends on where you chose to live. My parents live in the Charente and have an amazingly supportive network of ex-pats. Plus they know people who have set up businesses to help ex-pats adjust to France. They are privy to much inside info which is not readily available usually. Yesterday I discovered that had we gone and registered ourselves with the local Mairie, that we would have received a welcome pack, been welcomed into the community with other ‘new arrivals’ and been on the mailing list. One of the things I’ve found so hard here is that I never know what’s going on until it’s happened. Get yourself on the mailing list and you’ll find out!!

What’s it like being vegan in Lyon?

Lyon is the self-described French city of gastronomy. I say self-described because from my perspective, unless you like sausages, it isn’t and if you’re vegetarian or even vegan, you’re going to be a bit short of choices! Let me explain why: Lunch is serious business! Lunch here is taken VERY seriously. I mean really seriously….