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Vietnam memories

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This week we’re off on possibly the most highly anticipated trip of the last 15 years, the biggest adventure ever for our very well-travelled but very European-based children, the most emotional and longed for journey in many many years - excitement is at fever pitch.  We’re heading back to Vietnam, the country where JF and I met 22 years ago and left two years later, almost exactly 20 years ago.

men at Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

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A day in my life

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Today I'm being featured in a series on the daily reality of expat life on my friend Clara's blog The Expat Partner's Survival Guide.  The idea of the series is to show what really goes on in an expat's life - the nitty gritty ordinary stuff that never gets written about, to debunk the myth that it's all cocktail parties, long lunches and domestic help.

It starts like this....

breakfast at Lou Messugo

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Christmas in France, what's it all about, is it any different to elsewhere and is there anything special to enjoy?  I've written about it previously describing how the build up is slow and calm even under normal circumstances, but this year we’ve had to contend with tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, the resulting state of emergency nationwide and potentially worrying regional election results as well, meaning it hasn’t been the most festive of times recently.  Add to this a sense amongst many expats that Christmas is “better” at “home” surrounded by familiar traditions, sights and sounds and rather than feel happy and excited many find themselves feeling low and missing home.Christmas in Nice France

Christmas decorations at the Opera House in Nice

In a bid to spread some Christmas cheer I decided to ask my blogging friends what they like most about Christmas in France. 

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Birthday parties in France - and what not to do

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I was drinking my coffee this morning in a reflective mood remembering this day 16 years ago when I hoped my first baby would be born; the date was 9.9.99 and I liked it as a birth date.  Baby had other ideas however and finally made it into the world a couple of hours into the 10th.  While ruminating on this momentous event and beginning to get all nostalgic I noticed a call out for posts about children's birthday parties around the world from a blogging group I belong to.  And so blogging inspiration struck and the nostalgia became constructive.

birthday party

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