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Old 01-11-2019, 07:21 AM   #241
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I knew that . Nice!
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:26 AM   #242
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... I have been in France for almost a month, and so far I have done very well on my food budget (€400 a month). On that budget, I can buy plenty of organic fruits and veggies. I can buy meat from a traditional butcher shop, perfectly aged cheese from an independent cheesemonger, and bread from an artisan bakery. And I have plenty left over for wine.
In our most recent visit to France, it was a longer stay than previous trips, and we stayed in Airbnb so had the chance to do a bit of grocery shopping, and we enjoyed it. Some food items were not expensive at all; of course everything looks cheap when you compare to what one pays in restaurants. I was impressed with what wine one could get for 5 to 10 euros. And we liked all kinds of pâté and terrine, and they were so inexpensive.

You have been away for almost 20 years, I think. Has much changed? I know you have been back to visit every year, but perhaps there are changes that only reveal themselves in everyday's life.
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I have started looking for a condo. I visited my first one on Monday and I have another visit lined up for this afternoon (a 550 sqft, 1-bedroom condo with large windows and a terrific view on the mountains).
I’m a big fan of simplification & downsizing (we cut our living space in half during each of the last two moves so, we’re now living in 25% of the space from 8 yrs earlier). I don’t know what European residential decor is like these days (it’s been 25 yrs since I lived there) but, you would likely benefit from watching lots of episodes of “Tiny House Nation.” The space saving and multipurpose ideas they employ are brilliant! It’s available on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/results?search...+house+nation+
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:42 AM   #244
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Congratulations on taking possession of your new car this afternoon! And good luck on finding just the right condo.

A new life, a new car, a new condo.... so glad everything is coming together for you.
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Sounds exciting! Good luck and happy New Year
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I made an offer on the condo and it was accepted! I got it for a very good price for the area but it is a project... It looks a bit scary at the moment. And I took delivery of my car. I am so happy with it!
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I got a very nice beater indeed.
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Here you have it... fully loaded A3 Sportback Quattro 2.0 TDI
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I love France Fired; You mentioned a view of the mountains. Where in France do you live now?
I live near the Swiss border.
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I made an offer on the condo and it was accepted! I got it for a very good price for the area but it is a project... It looks a bit scary at the moment. And I took delivery of my car. I am so happy with it!

Congrats!

Hard to believe it’s already been a month. It’s great to hear that everything is coming together so well.

Personally, I think a project is a great way to go, especially if you got a good price. This way you can remodel it to your liking and make it feel more like home.
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I made an offer on the condo and it was accepted! I got it for a very good price for the area but it is a project... It looks a bit scary at the moment. And I took delivery of my car. I am so happy with it!
Yes!!! What terrific news. I guess since you got the condo for such a good price, you could always hire a little help with the tougher repairs if necessary.

Bet you're glad now that you did all that decluttering, since you decided on a 550 sf condo. That's really all the room that most single people would need or want.

Very nice looking car, too.
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I live near the Swiss border.
I do hope you get a chance to head down to my old stomping grounds near Nice. I lived there 20 years ago, and it was fabulous: culture, climate, scenery, food, women - what more could you want?

Ironically, the worst time to visit the French Riviera (IMO) was exactly when European tourists poured into the area - July and August. It was hot and overcrowded. The other 10 months were delightful.

So ... in the 20 years since I last visited has Nice / Provence been overdeveloped, or are there still some relatively well-preserved areas? I could jump on a plane and have a look for myself, but you're a bit closer. At my advanced age I have no trouble letting others do the groundwork while I watch with interest from afar.
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AUdi TDI !! Very nice! (and Quattro too!)

I've had about 1/2 dozen TDI's over the years. Those are a dying breed here in the U.S.
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Car - check. Condo - check. Congrats FIREd!
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How's the skiing? And great bounce back - sounds like things are going as well as possible for you. I'm sure your previously rusty French is back in fine form - now the English can get rusty ;-)
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Wow! It sounds like a fun adventure, and it's exciting! Congrats on finding a condo so quickly. (And your car looks fabulous!)
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