Posted by: jimndianne | November 18, 2009

‘Bye to Paris and on to…

18 November 2009 France

Well that was quite a day yesterday, really brought back memories. So up early and packed, down to the foyer, forget about breakfast, no time. Now over to the front wall of this quaint old hotel for a quick shot of the002 lovely cemetery.

They are all fresh flowers and this is very typical of cemeteries that we have seen throughout France. Ok, into the cab and off to Charles De Gaulle airport and climb aboard our American Airlines 767.

So that is it for Europe. We have completed most of the regions we wanted to visit in Italy and France.

Just to bring you all up to date as to what we are up to, we are evaluating four different countries with a view to buying a house in one of them and to take up residence. Two years ago we joined an organisation called International Living which has been in existence for the past 28 or so years. They search the world for places in which expats, like ourselves, might prefer to live and evaluate them on about ten different factors i.e. safety, cost of living, residency, climate, health system, etc. So we thought, why not, lets go and see what it is all about!!

We now have Italy and France (in specific regions) under our belts and have been very impressed with a number of places, nothing big, very rural but close to all amenities. However, the jury is still out until we have looked at the other two countries.

The engines are revving up and off we go down the runway ……………..


  1. Hi there,
    Just caught up with your travels. Haven’t had much spare time, what with working since the end of August (only 2 weeks to go! Yea!!) and looking after Grey Power, time just flies.
    Your trip to Paris brought back the same memories – we walked the full length of the Champs Elysees, through the Arc de Triomphe and all the way on to our hotel and marvelled at the cost of the designer clothes, etc. as we walked past. We had a wet morning when we climbed the Eiffel Tower, but the view is, as you say, simply amazing (from the back of the platform – couldn’t go anywhere near the front!) We also cruised up the Seine in the evening past it the following evening and to see it lit up is something else again. (Puts our Sky Tower to shame a bit!)
    Really enjoyed reading about all your travels and look forward to more.
    Take care.
    Love Sandy

  2. Di and Jim Bonjour, So pleased to receive your reply and read the rest of your travels….so much to consider, I am still hoping that your choice will be France. My youngest daughter there finally has skype so she can call me now free of charge and chat on, it is so good. I have decided to go over next Xmas for my first white Xmas, by that time they may have a place of their own as they are looking to buy in the area where they are. Golfe Juan. What are you doing for Xmas are you returning to NZ then go back to buy wherever you decide and settle. It is still so very hot here day and night and it is exhausting. I got laid off from my job a week early for Xmas, nice of them, but I’m out hunting for more work as I am doing some improvements to the house just incase I want to leave here too.
    I hope that this finds you both well and continuing your adventure with big beaming smiles….Cheers

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