Category Archives: Ex-Pat Experience

Where The Heck Are Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro You Ask?

We posted our Map of where we are going on our Next Bella’s Travels, hopefully you saw it, if not it’s on here- under WHERE. After almost a year, we are departing France for at least a few months to explore regions we have never been to.  Some places you may have never heard of, […]

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How Many Have You Been Saying Wrong?

The correct way to pronounce 9 French brand names you’ve been saying all wrong Veuve Clicquot Who hasn’t had one of those slightly embarrassing “seen-it-but-never-said-it” moments with a high-profile foreign brand?Especially with a French brand. Brands hailing from francophone speaking countries are tricky for an untrained ear, considering French is a language you can’t really pronounce phonetically. But […]

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The Germans think of everything!!

No chance of a tropical storm here. Incredible pictures show luxury resort complete with sandy beaches, palm trees and clear blue water inside enormous German hangar surrounded by snow. With sandy beaches, clear blue water and palm trees, this looks like a spectacular and luxurious sun-kissed resort. Holidaymakers can be seen relaxing in swimming shorts […]

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How To Be More French Looking Now That I Almost Have My French Residency Card!

Found some good advice online from a great blog site: The French Girl Beauty Rules: Makeup Artist Violette Shares Her 8 Essential Secrets Photographed by Taylor Jewell As the fashion flock settles down in Paris for the last leg of the spring 2015 collections, that age-old question resurfaces once more: What is it about French women? The country’s […]

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Scotland

Arriving by sea to an incredibly beautiful sun drenched rural landscape was not how I had envisioned landing in Scotland.  I had pictured beauty, yes, but not the type that evoked such feelings of welcome and warmth.  We drove off the ferry into a picture book come to life filled with castles, lakes and incredible […]

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Round the Island Race – Press images 2015

via J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race – Press images 2015. Wow, that was truly amazing!  I hope to get lots of pix from the professional photographer they had on board as I was busy grinding out the tacks and helping to set and retrieve sails etc, big grin!  Truly a once in a […]

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My Experience Racing on The Eleonora

Incredibly fun time sailing and racing on the Eleonora for the Westward Cup 2015! Wow what a Yacht.  Huge challenge for me as I am much more accustomed to 50′ and less.  Everything is much larger and almost surreal because of the dimensions.  You go to grab for a block or tackle and it is almost […]

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Wow! Darren was Just Invited to Crew On the Eleonora!

Click on the link for the video via ▶ J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race 2012 – Race Preview  I am going out to practice tomorrow morning early!  I am so excited I can’t even tell you.  After I do incredibly well in the 3 day series they may invite me back to compete […]

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A Bad Day in Paradise!? Yes – It Can Happen

Living the DREAM, living abroad;  how exciting, wonderful, fabulous, and its ALL the time right? Well not exactly and not always;  And, its ok to admit it to yourself and go ahead and have a bad day.  Because sometimes it just is a bad day no matter where you are. Missing family, weddings, showers, birthdays. […]

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Traveling Mobile Phone Plans vs. Sim Cards?

Great Question!  I was asked recently by a friend planning a trip to the Med, what is the best way to stay connected?  I have tried all the different methods of staying connected for both data and Voice.  There are many choices and ways to go about it when traveling and will vary based on the […]

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Traveling While Staying True to Your Organic Diet/Food Way of Life

As a vegetarian (newly for only 5 months) and 100% organic, Non GMO for 4+ yrs my food is my lifestyle not a “diet” and I am very concerned and focused on maintaining organic and non gmo. I have spent hours and hours cracking the code in grocerers in England and here is what I […]

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How to Make Yourself at Home in Someone Else’s Kitchen!

Traveling and staying in other people’s home for free; sounds Great right? Well it is-  But there are some challenges such as trying to cook dinner in a kitchen you don’t know where everything is and everything is different.  Simple things like a really good knife are not always found in other’s home.  And most/all […]

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Sometimes Neighbors Are the Best!

  Met a new friend today at the house in Wales. Came running over to see who we were and loved the carrots we offered. so cool to have four legged friends in the city, Loving the Wales lifestyle of livestock in town

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How Do You Bring a Dog To Europe/UK?

Not Easily, that’s how, but it obviously can be done!  First of all it depends on where you are coming from? and where you are headed to? in this case of course, From the USA to the UK.  The UK has the strictest rules vs Europe, so it would be actually easier to go to […]

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Bella’s Coming With Us!

Bella has decided to get her passport and travel with us.  This creates an entirely different set of circumstances that allow us to learn a plethora of new things.   We tried coming alone in October and we missed her terribly, so this time we made the HUGE decision to go thru all the STUFF […]

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