Welcome to a French New Year!

As with every new year that dawns, we all hope for a prosperous, healthy and happy one to come.

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As with every new year that dawns, we all hope for a prosperous, healthy and happy one to come, dusting off the old year and looking forward with hope. We also tend to take stock at this time of the year and think about perhaps realising a long held dream. If your dream is to buy a house in France, and you still have not quite got there, why not make 2015 the year when it does come true? This really is a fantastic time to buy in France. I speak from experience and know it can be done - we did it ourselves, and are now in our sixth year living down here in the lovely Languedoc Roussillon in the sunshine. We have truly never looked back and only wish we had done the great move earlier.
 
Christmas already seems far away, doesn’t it? It’s a lovely time of the year – I have always enjoyed the Christmas spirit, the prettiness of the decorations and the feeling that everyone is celebrating. Here in France great efforts are made in all towns and villages, with fabulous decorations and spectacles and yet it somehow manages to remain less commercial than in the UK. Mr. Fix It and I toddled off to Carcassonne just before the Big Day and sat outside with a glass of mulled wine watching the skaters, the children with their roasted chestnuts and candy floss (yes, “barbe a papa” is pretty big here in France!) and the super light show in Carcassonne. 
 
We left Eddie and Alfie in the hands of good friends at home in France whilst we returned to spend Christmas with family in the UK. Returning to celebrate New Year’s Eve here in France really felt like coming home, and this is quite a big deal here. It is called “St. Sylvestre” and is normally marked by a slap up meal of many courses with friends. We joined some of ours for such an occasion and had a glorious time. There is something about the French: they all like to drink and eat copiously, but it is never somehow out of hand – at least that is our experience. Mistletoe normally comes out on this, the last night of the year, rather than on Christmas Day and instead of a kiss on each cheek, it is 2 on each cheek – which all takes rather a long time when you have 12 people all kissing and wishing good will to each other!
 
I am proud to have been involved with the France Buying Guide for several years now, and still get a great kick out of meeting some of my readers who pass through our region from time to time. If this is the year you do something about your dream, do let us help you. If you have any queries or worries about the whole process, I can probably answer them - and if not, I can help you find someone else who can! I always think it helps to take advice from people who have already done what you are going to do! I expect you have noticed how strong the pound is now: your French property will cost several hundred or even thousand pounds less now than it would have done at the beginning of last year. So what’s stopping you? We have lots of interesting articles coming up for you this year, and our fabulous team at Smart Currency are always there to get you the best rate for your hard earned money.
 
So let me say a huge “thank you” for following my news and I wish you most sincerely a simply fabulous 2015 full of happiness and surprises. Maybe see you in France? I certainly hope so!

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