The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.
It may come as a surprise to hear that France has the most time zones of any country in the world. Yes you read that right, France has 12 time zones because it has overseas territories and departments spread across the globe; from South America, via the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. Each of these tiny (mostly) islands are part of France, not independent ex-colonies and as such function pretty much the same as any region in metroplitan France. So I thought it would be interesting to run an occasional series on stories from these far-flung corners of France and to kick off today I have a guest blog from expat extraordinaire Clara, an old school friend, who makes my travels and 9 countries of abode look measly.
Clara has just published a book of advice for expat partners based on her extensive life of travel, which I highly recommend for anyone considering moving abroad with their partner. An expat since birth, firstly as the child of travelling parents, then for her own job and now as a "trailing spouse" she is just about to move to her 12th country of residence! Here she tells us about a short visit to the French region/département of Martinique.
Pondering on dates and anniversaries recently over on my Facebook page for Lou Messugo I realised I'd been running the gîte for 5 years. Which got me thinking that April has another anniversary - my blogiversary. Three days ago, on the 18th April this blog turned 3! I still feel like a new blogger but I guess at 3 I'm now quite mature. I may not be as prolific as some established blogs that I enjoy but I try to be consistent and so far have not had a long period without writing in that time. Long may it last!
Over the last year I've branched out and now cover a greater variety of topics including travel out of France, expat tales, personal history and multiculturalism. So how delighted was I to be nominated for the "Versatile Blogger" award from Ersatz Expat? Yes, you got it, very! Apparently I'm versatile, and I'm happy with that.