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About Joie du Voyage - Joy of the Journey

I'm following my long term dream of retiring in France. Recently I moved into my house here, and even with the obstacles, I'm loving it! * My personal motto: Don’t take life too seriously - or eternity too lightly. *

A Visit from My Grandson

We packed so much into the eleven days of my Grandson’s visit but the time still flew by way to quickly. I had been looking forward to Derek’s arrival for a long time. He had been to Uzerche once before … Continue reading

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Reflections – A Retrospective

Grateful ! – That’s the word that springs to my mind as I look back over the past year; actually beyond the past year because I’m not just looking at the end of another year but the beginning of a … Continue reading

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One Thing Leads To Another

I was all set for my next post to be about the progress being made on renovations. Instead it is more a path of discovery. When I looked at the house, before buying it, the realtor told me that the … Continue reading

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Auto Retro 2016

Auto Retro is an annual event held in Uzerche each July.  I find it very interesting to see a variety of classic cars from France, around Europe and an occasional American model. This was my second Auto-Retro. The set-up is … Continue reading

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A Royal Diversion

I never knew a bird could be so spoiled or a name so unexpectedly accurate. On my way home from the library a few weeks ago I spotted a baby bird on the sidewalk.  The nearest yard is about three … Continue reading

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From Dream to Reality

It’s hard to believe that one year ago today I arrived in France to pursue my dream.  And that dream is unfolding in ways I had never imagined. Uzerche is a charming picture postcard town with a fascinating history going … Continue reading

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Overcoming Obstacles – It’s all part of the adventure

My first obstacle was my first house! Since work hadn’t progressed, after problems created several years ago by the builders I had hired, I didn’t have a place to live when I arrived. But I knew that before I left … Continue reading

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Getting Plugged In

I’ve been very fortunate to meet several very nice people since moving to France. Jo has been very helpful and she provides a wealth of insight to French living. I feel like we connect well and I always enjoy our conversations. … Continue reading

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Welcoming Spring

Admittedly Uzerche experienced a mild winter this year. I was grateful for this on two levels: Since my heating went out a couple of times it was easier to keep the chill out of a stone house when the weather … Continue reading

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Moving Forward – Slowly

As you can well imagine a house that hadn’t been lived in for over two years would require a lot of elbow-grease to get it up to par. The first pass of cleaning was a matter of literally clearing out … Continue reading

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