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Saying “So Long”…Again.

On Friday we will leave Saint-Tropez.  I’m a bit torn about that; while I can’t wait to have the space of our flat (we’ve been living in a tiny studio) and the comfort of an office again, there are a number of things I’m going to miss a lot.  Today, for instance, we’re working outside because it’s 18°C (64°F) and there isn’t a cloud in the sky.  Conversely, it is 5°C (41°F) in Le Puy-en-Velay (as well as Zürich, for that matter).

Mouchette, the furry proprietress of the house, has been lovely, but she’s a little too neurotic for my tastes in animals (boy cats all the way!).  Still, I’ll miss her.  As I’ll miss walking along the beach and the funny man at the market who always gives us something for free.  In all honesty, I can’t see us coming back to St-Trop, unless it was to house sit again, but it’s been good to us while we were here.

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Captain’s Log: Day 5

Day 5 of our (well, my) stay in St. Trop marks the end of the first work week here for me, and so far all I can say is, so good…

In a lot of ways we kind of  hit the proverbial jackpot here. The propriétaire (landlady) herself lives in very a very humble abode, particularly for these parts. We’re quite surrounded by mansions and vineyards, while her home is comprised of a kitchen, tiny bedroom, slightly larger living room/dining room, and closet-sized office.  We’re actually staying upstairs in a studio flat she rents out during the peak season.  It’s very small, but certainly big enough – we’ve lived in much smaller – and the surrounding garden and patio outside make it very worth it indeed.

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Sitting in St-Trop’

I wrote an article about this experience to International Living Magazine – have a look here if you fancy!

A little less than a year ago, when Chris and I had first begun talking seriously about going freelance for the longer term, we had a lot of questions.  “What Will We Do?” is a personal favorite, although in all honesty, I think we both knew even before we spoke where our hearts and minds were.  “How Will We Pay the Bills?” was another good one – not unrelated to the question that inspired this post, and the next month of our lives: “Where Will We Live?”

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