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A desire for a change in lifestyle has led this couple to leave their Canadian home of over 50 years to find a new home on Portugal's Silver Coast. Follow this couple as they embark on their new lives. More Info

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A Canuck on these shores

A Canuck on these shores

To viager or not to viager

April 21, 2015 by MapleLeafCouple

Part One   Living in any new country takes some getting used to with its own customs and laws.  I discovered one in France quite by accident on my continuous… Read more…

Down on the Farm…French Farm, that is (Part 1)

April 3, 2015 by MapleLeafCouple

Time flies by and we’re now left with just over a month before we leave our first house sit which happened to be in France.  Time for a progress report. … Read more…

The Festival of Trees, Wood and Flowers – Part 1

March 10, 2015 by MapleLeafCouple

It’s the middle of March and it’s been a cold winter here in France and buds seem reluctant to come out.  But we’ve had a taste of things to come… Read more…

Wines with a natural (mouth) feel

February 17, 2015 by MapleLeafCouple

Deep in France’s Dordogne in the Perigord Poupre area, set firmly entrenched among the region’s hectares upon hectares of vineyards, is the Château Feely.  The name is not French, but… Read more…

Categories: France, Wine, Wineries

The House Sit Begins

February 6, 2015 by MapleLeafCouple

                            It’s been about a month since we began our first house sit, but we really just… Read more…

So This Is Christmas

December 13, 2014 by MapleLeafCouple

            With our upcoming trip, as ridiculous as it is with the economy in the toilet, we expect prices to be higher in France than… Read more…

The China Addiction – Part I

November 10, 2014 by MapleLeafCouple

  If you’re already an online shopper, you could probably pass this blog by and keep hurtling through cyberspace, but if you’re not or thinking about it, gather round for… Read more…

Categories: Economy, shopping

The House Sitting Option

October 30, 2014 by MapleLeafCouple

    Life is full of twists and turns. This time last year we were just embarking on an exploration trip to Portugal’s Silver Coast to fully acquaint ourselves with… Read more…

From Nāo Faz Mal to Velontiers

July 10, 2014 by MapleLeafCouple

It has been over two months since we left last winter’s home of Portugal’s Silver Coast and life has been hectic in a good way and has spirited our lives… Read more…

End of a Chapter

April 11, 2014 by MapleLeafCouple

Almost 6 months since we arrived in Portugal and now we will head back to Canada. It’s been an odd six months, primarily due to the bad weather. But it… Read more…