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  1. Just returned after a couple of days - (excellent weather and great meals and our Barn is beginning to look like it might be completed this decade) BUT I couldn't get into any hotel in Limoges or nearby - had to go to the Grand in St Leonard de Noblat to find anywhere to stay.

     

    Was anything going on in Limoges on Wednesday/Thursday, or is there a general shortage of Hotel rooms in the Limoges areas?

  2. Hi, I am coming over to Limoges on 21st September for a couple of days. I am taking my adult son to see our barn and would like to stay in the City as I do not have a lot of time over there and would like him to see the area. 

    Can anyone recommend a hotel in the centre or thereabouts close to restaurants and bars? Whenever I search the web the ones I find are booked for my two nights or seem to be well out of things.

  3. I am about to need to transfer a reasonably large sum from Pounds to Euros to make some future payments to my builder.

    I think the rate has gone against me of late, and also the word is that the Bank of England will reduce interest rates this week - given that no-one can see in the future, what would the best advice be - wait a couple of weeks or change it up now?

  4. Hi - without getting involved in the substantive issue here, I am not sure what "a lurker" is and why it is so bad? Can someone explain so I can at least follow the thread (and possibly avoid being a "lurker" myself - whatever it is!)

    I read this forum for some time without logging in as most of my questions were asked by others and I could glean the information without asking questions - I only registered and logged in when I had something to post. Did this make me a "lurker"?
  5. Japan has a favoured nation status on this project, so if you are Japanese you have a head start (so to speak!!)
  6. My pool had nice clear water, but with a settlement of algae (I think - it was green) on the bottom.

    I vacuumed it, but the green dirty water was pumped back into the pool through the filter (I have a reasonably good size sand filter). I backwashed and rinsed the filter, but almost immediately I continued vacuuming the green water was pumped back through, so it was obvious the filter was not removing any of the "algae".

    Instead of clear water and a dirty floor, I now have very dirty green water.

    I have checked the chemical levels with my test strip and it all looks pretty well OK.

    Any tips?

  7. I was born and brought up in Newham and live in Essex, about 30 minutes up the line (I was actually born in a Pie and Mash shop - don't get much more "East End" than that!!).

    I have had and will in future have small business connections with Stratford.

    I and everyone I have spoken to are very pleased with the award to London and we all think it will be fantastic for the area and the Country.

    I also spend an increasing amount of time in France having a house in Limousine over the past couple of years.

    One of the things I have always admired about France and the French was that not everything had to be weighed up in terms of money - feeding the soul was valued as much as feeding the body - Sculptures on roundabouts for example.

    I am very surprised and disappointed with some of the comments in this thread - I sincerely hope that the "whats is worth" attitude hasn't spread to France and Francophiles!!!

    Be Excited about things! - enjoy life - it's for living not drudgery all the time - Life must have parties and Blow the cost!!
  8. Hi - I am regularly in Limousine (87) on border with Cruese. I want to find out about any local rugby clubs in the area - (not professionals like Brive, but local social rugby) - I know of one near me in Treniac, but I don't know much about the club - can anyone let me know more about them and also can anyone tell me of other clubs in the area?

    Thanks - JD

  9. I thought similar - my wife keeps telling me she checks and can never find any "deals" for Limoges. I now rarely fly- go over speed ferries (or any other with a good deal - they are getting better again!) and stop over in Orleans for the night and a good meal - any other suggestions for a night stop and a good selection of restaurants to break the journey gratefully received.
  10. Hi Guru. yes French law applies for residents for most matters in France, but does not apply for, say, ownership of property in England - for example, if you were to be a resident (or national) of France, and you owned property in England, this can only be transferred by English law - As you know, just because you are resident in England, when you want to buy a house in France you need a French Notaire - the same applies the other way around. Also, many ex-pats still retain some connection with UK etc for which English law may apply  - just because I live in France does not stop English law applying to English matters.

    Similarly, if you are involved in a car crash in England (visiting perhaps) then English law would apply for any claim for injury or losses - you may not want to go to England to visit your lawyer (might not be proportionate to the claim) but sometimes personal contact is needed or desirable - there I would be!!!!

    Newbie - Thanks for the comments - I will be looking in that direction - good idea.

    josa

     

  11. Hi Guru. yes French law applies for residents for most matters in France, but does not apply for, say, ownership of property in England - for example, if you were to be a resident (or national) of France, and you owned property in England, this can only be transferred by English law - As you know, just because you are resident in England, when you want to buy a house in France you need a French Notaire - the same applies the other way around. Also, many ex-pats still retain some connection with UK etc for which English law may apply  - just because I live in France does not stop English law applying to English matters.

    Similarly, if you are involved in a car crash in England (visiting perhaps) then English law would apply for any claim for injury or losses - you may not want to go to England to visit your lawyer (might not be proportionate to the claim) but sometimes personal contact is needed or desirable - there I would be!!!!

    Newbie - Thanks for the comments - I will be looking in that direction - good idea.

    josa

     

  12. Hi Nick - thanks for the input.

    As far as practising "out of area" I know of a couple of English Lawyers doing English Law for Ex-Pats on the Costas - they work for English based firms as an external office and deal only in English Law - saving the client trips to the UK and providing face-to-face Legal advice rather than telephone/post etc - for instance, Conveyancing UK property, UK Will drafting, Probate work etc - yes, even Criminal law, but maybe that is due to their location!

    I am sorry you are so cynical about Lawyers though - still, everyone is until they need us!

    As Shakespear said - "first we kill all the lawyers" What he didn't go on to say was who would help defend you from the Murder charges!!!

    Best wishes - josa

  13. I am an English qualified solicitor and I am considering a change of lifestyle. I own a property in Limousin (87)and would like to spend most of the year there - unfortunately English Lawyers cannot simply become French Lawyers due to the different systems. However, if I work for an English firm, but I am based in France I think I would be able to work as an English solicitor offering advice etc on English law to ex-pats. Does anyone know of any solicitors doing this already? Would there be any call for such a service in any event?

    Thoughts etc much appreciated.

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