Find out what living in a small village in the Yonne region of Burgundy is really like. Share the experiences and reflections of a semi-retired couple who have decided to change their busy professional lives in the UK to embark upon the adventure of creating a B & B and gîte business. In a period in which change is the order of the day, find out how this couple cope with the frustrations and joys of living in France today.
L’Expatisserie and Le Biscottage form the B & B and gîte accommodation that have occupied (and continue to do so) my and my wife’s efforts since late 2002. Having decided to leave the UK in 2004 in order to embrace a fundamentally different life style in rural French, we find ourselves generally well adjusted and part of our local community. However, we are nevertheless often confronted by puzzling and at times amazingly frustrating experiences, many of which are seemingly shared by other expats. This blog describes these experiences, with an ironic eye, and focuses on issues that such experiences raise, at times from a slightly different perspective from the norm.