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Mardi Gras in France and Carnival in UK

In February lots of towns and villages, big and small have a carnival.  In Equihen Plage the schools are closed on Shrove Tuesday and everyone dresses up to parade through the little town.  Great fun.

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the carnival in UK is on the next post…….it won’t let me post 2 different slideshows on 1 post so look at the next one!



We visited Rouen in May 2008.  A few images for you to enjoy.  I really love the old buildings and the clock tower was excellent, seeing right inside and all the workings.


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10 reasons to move to France

Why would you up sticks and move to France??????

10 reasons to move to France

1       To get away from David Cameron

2       They have a better health service and they are not wrecking it as we are here in England

3        Better way of life, calmer, much more countryside between the towns and cities. This is our back garden in France.

4        Love the food and the wine

5        Housing is cheaper

6        I am getting the hang of the language and there are lots of resources to help me improve

7        It’s possible to get work teaching English.  I have TESOL qualification

8        It’s easy to get back to UK to visit family and friends

9        We have family in France

10      We own a house in France, not in England

10 reasons not to move to France


1          I don’t speak French well enough.

2          I get mixed up with the money.  Will my pension, which is in sterling, get devalued in euros?

3         Our house is in rural France and there isn’t a bus service so we need a car even to get to the boulangerie and I don’t drive.

4         When we get decrepit and really old we’ll have to decide whether to move into town in France or come back to UK.  The latter will be very expensive.

5          There are no decent takeaways, only pizza places and they can be very, very expensive.

6          There is only one Indian restaurant that we have found and it’s DREADFUL.  Food not very good, service appalling.  One visit was more than enough.

7         Tradesmen can be expensive and difficult.  (There will be a later post in full detail.)

8         The banks won’t let you go into the red.  This can be tricky!

9         It can be difficult to get some English type foodstuffs eg Marmite, red lentils etc.  It’s easy in the Pas de Calais area because there’s a Tesco and a Sainsburys but if you live, as we do, in a totally French area then it’s much more difficult.

10       I miss Cheddar cheese and double Gloucester.