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Welcome back again to the 3rd part of why I think you should take a self-catering gîte holiday, and not just any self-catering holiday, but one here at Lou Messugo on the Côte d'Azur.  If you haven't already read Parts 1 and 2, where I talked about the large amounts of outdoor and indoor space available and the value this provides, I suggest you do by clicking on the links.

outdoor dining at Lou Messugo gîte

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Chocolate and France

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Bonne année, bonne santé!  Traditional New Year's greetings in France begin like this, wishing Happy New Year and good health, to be said each time you see someone for the first time in the year, throughout the month of January.  So I'm taking this opportunity to wish all my readers a very happy and healthy 2016, and to get back into blogging after a bit of a festive break I thought I'd talk about one of my favourite things....chocolate.  No irony intended, chocolate can be healthy!

chocolates in shop window in France

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A long weekend in Martinique

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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 metropolitan France.  They use Euros, fly the Tricolore (flag) and teach the same curriculum in schools. Not knowing a great deal about the DOM-TOMs* myself I thought it would be interesting to run an occasional series of stories from these far-flung corners of France, written by others.  To kick it all 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.  

French time zones

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/department of Martinique.

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