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Timeline to the big move

It has been decided, the puffins are moving to France.  Today is May 1, 2016 and our expected move date is sometime in September 2017.  Here is the short list of things we need to figure out before the big move. 

1.) Health Insurance

2.) Renting our current house out

3.) Housing in France

4.) Visa situation

5.) Making money

6.) Enrolling the children in school

7.) Paying taxes

8.) Improving our language skills (mainly Tina)

9.) Storage options

10.) What to bring

Stay turned for additions and updates.



France family and friends

We spent a wonderful month together eating, drinking, and spending time with family and friends.  Sebastien’s village, Liffol-le-Grand and Neufchateau were quaint and relaxing.  I was able to experience true french culture from how they celebrate baptisms to a Thursday evening get together with friends. Mostly we eat a lot of different meat and cheese and drank bottles and bottles of wine.

My new Nikon coolpix camera captured the memories.  Hope you can tell the difference.  


Down in grandpa’s cellar.  Grandpa has hundreds of different wines in this cellar.  The oldest one dating back to 1959.  


Sebastien and his beautiful mother.  


Playing some Rummikub with grandma.  A universal game for card players all over the world.     (more…)

An Arena and Fortress with an old friend

After spending some time with Sebastien in Paris I took the TGV to Nimes and met my oldest and dearest friend Karina.    We stayed at a Kryiad hotel which was close to the train station and arena.

We spent a lovely time eating and catching up that evening.  The following day we walked around the historical Roman arena.  They still hold bull fights in the arena today.  There is also an audio guided tour that you can do.  It was interesting and gave you the feel of what it was like back in the day.  There had been a bull fight there the previous day and there was still blood in the sand from the fight.  Sad.


Puffins do Paris

Bonjour!  After my stay in LA, Sebastien and I met in Paris.  His cousin, Jeremy, lives there and was an excellent tour guide through Paris.  We saw the Eiffel Tower during the day and all lit up at night, walked by the Louvre, sat and enjoyed the sun in the Jardin des Tuileries , drove by the Mouline Rouge, and enjoyed wine, cheese, meat, and more wine in some french cafes.