“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

House Hunting France

The last couple of weeks we have visited many properties in France as to see what our options would be for living in France in stead of in the Philippines or the Netherlands.

Initial research showed - the best source for me was French Property - that from a way of living point of view France could be an option. The tax regime for elderly (retired) people is much better than in the Netherlands. Also the rules for reconstruction of your property are much better (easier) than years ago and last but not least property prices - in rural areas - are affordable for my available budget.
In the Netherlands you can't get similar properties for such prices, but in the Philippines you can get even more.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Chambre d'hotes

When we returned from our latest house hunting activities in France on Wednesday 21 July, while driving in the direction of Paris, we were confronted with a disaster with our new second hand car, a BMW series 3.

First the indicator for battery charging went on, next the water temperature meter showed that we had a cooling problem and then I heard a loud bang. What I expected was indeed true, the belt was broken that drives the generator and the water pump. Later it was found out that the broken belt had also cut the water hose and severely damaged the water pump. So we were in big trouble, but fortunately it happened close to a patrol station at the A10 between Niort and Poitiers.

In France you call the " depannage", which is a network of certified car service garages. They send a truck that will transport your car to a local garage. In our case we went to Coulombier. The problem was investigated and a repair plan made. Earliest on Friday that week the car could be ready again, as they had to order next day some components.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mont St. Michel

Long ago I visited with my parents the famous chapel village mountain in the sea, called Mont Saint Michel, at the boundary between Normandy and Brittany. It was during our first holiday with the caravan my father made himself, a copy of the Kip caravan, which was called that time the "egg". I guess it was back in 1963.

Now, being back in France for searching a retirement place and house, I wanted to show my wife this tourist monument, as you have to see it once in your life if you visit France. I didn't mind it was the third time for me.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Normandy, 6 June 1944

We are now in Niort in a F1 hotel preparing for a couple of visits tomorrow of vacant houses in the Vendee, France.

I decided last week to visit Normandy first and especially the remainders and remembrance places of the largest invasion ever, the beginning of operation "Overlord" and usually called D-day.

As there is so much info on the Web and available historical books - I recently read a diary of a sea man who was involved, see my book index - I will not repeat the story here, but show a few pictures taken, which were my personal high lights.


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