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We have so many creative and talented individuals here at Expat Dating; authors, painters, sculptors, filmmakers and photographers (apologies if we've left anyone out, and if we have, let us know!) we thought it was about time to showcase some of your exceptional talent.


The very first of our new feature is brought to you by author Angela Baggi - The Art of Moving in France. Angela moved to France in 2005 and documented the ups and downs of buying, renovating and selling multiple properties. It's an incredible and empowering read, not least because Angela was and still is a single woman who, in her own words, had no proficiency in the French language nor experience in real estate or renovations.


Angela hopes her inspiring book will encourage people to be determined, audacious, to follow their dreams and never give up.


Here is an excerpt from the book. Like what you read? The Art of Moving in France is available to own and cherish here.


  In the same street but three houses further along from me lived a wonderful French woman who spoke perfect English and she had an old female Labrador who got on well with Mel... more

admin Sep 16 · Tags: book, expat talent
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Have you ever written a bucket list? You know the type of thing, making a list of around 10 to 30 things you want to do before you 'kick the bucket'; a fabulous Americanism for popping one's clogs (although a 'clog list' doesn't have quite the same ring to it!).

 

It's a great thing to do, it really is. We all have things we want to do... It could be a big as skydiving, yelling an obscenity into the Grand Canyon, or making one person smile every day, or learn to play the piano.

 

Studies show that the summer months are when we feel... more

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The decision to move to France was a long time brewing. We didn't just wake up one morning and decide to move. We were following a dream that had built inside us and that we had jointly shared, for many, many years.


So when we did finally pack up the car, having sent on all our worldly goods, we were so excited. Our dream was finally becoming a reality. We drove through France in late Spring, the warmth already in the air, trees just turning green, mists hovering in the early morning light. It took 6 days to drive to Provence, staying at various beautiful places en route. I will never forget the drive, nor the glorious countryside around us. In a way, it was like travelling through a dream.... more

admin May 7 · Tags: real story, my story
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We’re betting you can spot a cut and paste profile from a mile away. They say things like, ‘fun loving,’ ‘laid back,’ and ‘adventurous.’ But take note, if you can spot them easily, others can also see the amount of effort you’ve put into your own profile! If your profile is a list of adjectives that could describe almost anyone, you’re not going to have the kind of success you’re hoping for.


It’s so important, but it isn’t always easy. Here are our best tips for writing a delicious and juicy profile sure to spark interest in getting to know you better.... more

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Male Order

by Pril Gurney


He studied the menu and I studied him.  He had large buck teeth, a long nose and ears that were as near to being pointed as it was possible to be. He looked like a rabbit!! 

“I am a vegetarian” he stated a little unnecessarily. How could he be anything else, I wondered. Born into the part. I was a little tempted to laugh but as this was our first, and likely to be our last, date, I suppressed the mirth.

“I can only have a relationship with someone who does not eat FLESH.” He made the last word sound like a swear word.

“Why didn’t you mention it before.?” After all we had been emailing for some time. I knew all about... more

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We are always trying to increase security awareness, and highlight how to spot scoundrels. We want you to stay safe, and we want your experience to remain fun.


We do everything in our power to prevent these people spoiling anyone's experience, which is why only 1 in 3 applicants are approved to join Expat Dating France. But unfortunately an occasional bad apple falls through the net, and this is when we rely on you to let us know if someone you're talking to raises suspicion. We will investigate discretely and act instantly.


The clever ones are the hardest to spot... more

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There are a lot of things to consider when planning your first date.  But you don’t want to over think things so much that you forget what’s most important: meeting someone new and having a good time while you do it. Our guide to setting up your first date is designed to help you do just that while eliminating the stress of planning.

 

Begin at the Beginning

 

When you get excited about someone it’s easy to want to jump right in.  If that’s you, that’s great.  There’s nothing wrong with a little excitement in life.... more

admin Feb 23 · Tags: first date, dating tips
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Making the move to a first date can feel like a double-edged sword.  You’re excited about the possibilities, but still, this is a person you don’t know.  How do you make such a nerve-wracking process comfortable for both of you? There are a number of do’s and don’ts, but one of the biggest pieces to help foster comfortability and connection is your location.


It used to be that first dates were about making a big impression with flowers, drinks, and a fancy restaurant.  Today, flowers are best reserved for further along in the relationship and fancy restaurants can be a buzz kill.  It usually doesn’t take long to get a feel for each other and know whether the possibility of connection exists.  If you don’t feel it, a long dinner at a fancy restaurant can end up being a bit torturous.... more

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Whether it’s your first message or your fifth, there are two simple rules to writing a great message:


1. Find what you have in common.

2. Start a conversation about it.

That’s it.  You can think of it exactly like introducing two mutual friends to each other for the first time.  You search in your mind for what they might be interested in in each other and then take it from there – asking each other questions to get the conversation going.


If there was a third rule, it would be to relax. ... more

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Finding your partner for life is priceless - so what does it take to find that sort of happiness?

 

All it really takes is being positive - here's a few helpful hints....

 

The key to success is all about reaching out and sharing yourself. Some people already realise this, others are a touch too reserved and wondering why they aren't getting very far.

 

Your profile photo says a lot, but it is like looking at the front of a house - it doesn't show the warm, comfortable, welcoming, friendly you within. It doesn't show your humour, your interests, your ideas or your talents.... more

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