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le val charente

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  1. I was at the hairdressers last year where some old ladies were laughing amongst themselves, and they said

    "un phoque (seal) n'est pas encore un poisson"!!  (yes, poisson is what they said!)


  2. I don't understand what is happening - as an agent here in south 16/17, last weekend I had a French buyer looking at huge old 700k properties with plenty of charm and style, plus a hectare at least, and no major roads, streams, near neighbours or nuisances.  Not as easy to find as you may think!   If anyone is selling such a thing, this buyer has sold up and is ready!! 

    Then a growing number of Brits are looking for modern bungalows with not too much land!

  3. Hello

    Due to start in Spring 2008.

    There was an article in yesterday's local paper saying there should be an announcement about which airline by the end of Dec or January.  Apparently Easyjet and Ryanair are putting forward their costings and schedules and there will be a decision then.


  4. In our experience, the notion of goodwill in France is less common than in the UK:

    Castorama shelf prices not always the same as at the till, and after buying a faulty tile cutter, we were told that we should have returned it within 4 days to have a replacement, instead of bringing it back within the first month to be told it would take weeks for repairs to be done! 

    Also, we have had massive problems with Wanadoo - I had to feel sorry for the people working there last week, and at lunchtime I was sure there would be a fight in there, as 2 big blokes had the rep cornered in his office.  Many promises from them that someone will call back, but it never happens: result more 0.34 per minute calls to sort out the problems! 

    Recently hubby ordered a new mobile online and waited for a week for it to arrive - eventually he gave up and phoned them, to be told that the model was out of stock and no idea when it would arrive.  Shortly after, the company emailed him asking for bank details (he had already given CC details online), photocopy of passport, loads of other stuff.... he wrote back saying he thought he ordered a phone, not an aeroplane!!

  5. I met a nice French lady today who is keen to learn English, and will help me with my French in exchange, although direct swaps like these are not always how it happens.  The organisation has several branches in Charente and possibly Bordeaux, and is a bit like a very informal LETS scheme but for exchanging knowledge rather than services.  It is called "Réseaux d'Échanges Réciproques de Savoirs" and it could be worth asking at your Mairie if interested....  they also have picnics, various workshops etc.


  6. Good joke!

    My 7 year old needs a filling, but on her first trip to a French dentist was too scared to let him do the work - he only started fiddling with drill attachments and without any drilling noises, she was practically out of the chair... and they don't seem to give injections either!  He shrugged and gave us a number of a lady who is p/t based at our local hospital in the Charente and specialises in anxious children.

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