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Once upon a time (not too long ago), a heartbroken and hopeless 40-something, odd-ball introvert fell in love with a Frenchman who enticed her to follow him (from Australia) to France. They got married. New chapter. New life.

This book is the end result.

If you're serious about following your heart to France and/or buying a budget dream-home when you're there, read this book. Much more than the average 'moving guide', it is inspirational, fun and useful. A mix of practical 'how to's' and every day observations topped with some heart, soul and a little dream dust to ignite your imagination and turn your dream into reality.

If I did it, anybody can. And I'll show you how.

Table of Contents includes:

Chapter 1, Making it Happen

Peasant Girl Philosophy
Why France
Visas, Cartes De Sejours/Residency Permits and Work Permits
Retiring in France
How to work in France
Embassies and Consulates
Marrying a French citizen
How to become a French citizen
How to integrate (even if you don't feel like it)

Chapter 2, Practicalities

The Cost of Living
Learning the language
Health care in France
Educating your child in France
Driving in France
Working in France
Art for Art's sake
Opening a bank account
French taxes
Moving your pet
France - warts and all
Checklist for documents needed
Resources

Chapter 3, Food, Love and Wine

Food laws and rituals
Surviving France as a vegetarian
Pass the Real Fromage
Food and politics
Expat isolation
Dating in France (a tale of everyday seduction)
Links for Paris lovers

Chapter 4, Your Own Home in France

Your Real Estate dream come true
Freedom for less than €50 000
Step-by-step guide to buying property in France
France regions and real estate prices overview (including links to latest listings)
List of local Real Estate agents
Secret Real-Estate hot spots
Finding short and long-term rentals
Real Estate extra

...and more

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