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by alan
Tue 09 Jun 2020 00:00
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Life Café? More like a morgue
Replies: 23
Views: 1786

Re: Life Café? More like a morgue

Nicki When we used Eurostar the train arrived at Avignon Centre train station but from what I can see now, it arrives at the TGV station, with a shuttle to the centre, before going on to Marseille. I don't know what car hire is like at the TGV station. Here is a link to the Seat 61 website which may...
by alan
Mon 08 Jun 2020 17:36
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Orchestra national du Capitole de Toulouse
Replies: 2
Views: 532

Orchestra national du Capitole de Toulouse

I celebrate a “big” birthday in October and one of our plans for this year and next was to attend a number of orchestral concerts which included music we have particularly enjoyed over the years. Most of the concerts which we booked were in English concert halls and, one by one, they have been cance...
by alan
Mon 08 Jun 2020 11:30
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Life Café? More like a morgue
Replies: 23
Views: 1786

Re: Life Café? More like a morgue

We have used Eurostar from Ashford to Avignon but not since the summer of 2012 so things may well have changed. It's a long journey at high speed through French countryside much of which is quite boring. However, the service used to be popular with families and there was a very pleasant atmosphere o...
by alan
Sun 07 Jun 2020 20:36
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Life Café? More like a morgue
Replies: 23
Views: 1786

Re: Life Café? More like a morgue

I would like to associate myself entirely with what Nicki says. Jan and I bought our second home in Port Vendres in 2004 and we have not been able to visit since the end of February. We are hoping to be able to get down at the end of July and if we can't fly we shall try to drive which is something ...
by alan
Fri 13 Dec 2019 17:20
Forum: Travel
Topic: Girona
Replies: 5
Views: 7065

Re: Girona

Flights have now been released Bournemouth to Girona.
by alan
Thu 10 Oct 2019 23:10
Forum: Travel
Topic: Ryanair BHX to PGN Route Cancelled??
Replies: 3
Views: 5756

Re: Ryanair BHX to PGN Route Cancelled??

I see that Ryanair is now selling tickets on the Birmingham / Perpignan route for next summer.
by alan
Mon 07 Oct 2019 19:32
Forum: Travel
Topic: Ryanair BHX to PGN Route Cancelled??
Replies: 3
Views: 5756

Re: Ryanair BHX to PGN Route Cancelled??

We use the Birmingham / Perpignan route from time to time and I keep quite a close eye out for announcements. I haven't seen any so I think we shall just have to wait and see.

Ryanair is selling tickets for next summer on the Stansted / Perpignan route so it hasn't apparently abandoned Perpignan.
by alan
Sun 06 Oct 2019 18:49
Forum: Travel
Topic: Girona
Replies: 5
Views: 7065

Re: Girona

In the past, we have flown Bournemouth to Girona and indeed Gatwick to Girona with Ryanair and both routes were very useful to us having a second home in Port Vendres and living in West Sussex. We haven't used Girona for some time now although my daughter and her family used the Liverpool / Girona r...
by alan
Wed 12 Jun 2019 15:27
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: French Wills
Replies: 8
Views: 6266

Re: French Wills

Yes, it is necessary to consider EU Succession Regulation (“Brussels IV”) first.

Fundamentally,

1) are you "habitually resident" in France and, if so, for how long?

2) are you British nationals?

Alan
by alan
Wed 27 Mar 2019 16:56
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 6834

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Glad that its been concluded and your sale has been allowed to go through but it does seem to me that treatment hasn't really been necessary and given that your buyers didn't want it anyway, the only winner here has been the contractor.

Alan
by alan
Fri 22 Feb 2019 21:47
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 6834

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Hope your completion went OK.

Alan
by alan
Wed 13 Feb 2019 14:06
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 6834

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Thank you, that's very helpful to know.
Alan
by alan
Wed 13 Feb 2019 09:54
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 6834

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Sorry to read this. I presume Pami are spraying. In due course, and if you don't mind, I should be very pleased to know how much it all costs.

Alan
by alan
Fri 08 Feb 2019 19:14
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 6834

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Great result!

Hope there are no more hitches and it's good you have a very pragmatic buyer (and notaire!).

Alan
by alan
Fri 08 Feb 2019 11:15
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 6834

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

Thanks for the reply. I would be very interested to know in due course what you decide to do.
Alan
by alan
Wed 06 Feb 2019 15:02
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Recommendation for termite treatment
Replies: 17
Views: 6834

Re: Recommendation for termite treatment

I have been looking into the question of termite treatment, also for a very small amount of damage. As I understand it, the "preferred" method involves using termite traps adjacent to the property (with an annual maintenance contract) instead of spraying. This seems well over the top for such a smal...
by alan
Wed 09 Jan 2019 13:00
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: EDF
Replies: 2
Views: 4750

Re: EDF

In the past, we have also used this email address and corresponded in English:

Votre_Conseiller_EDF_edf@service-client.edf.fr
by alan
Mon 31 Dec 2018 19:42
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Taxe D'Habitation
Replies: 2
Views: 4521

Re: Taxe D'Habitation

We are non-resident so I'm sure we shall have something to pay something but how do we pay it if we don't know what's due?

Alan
by alan
Mon 31 Dec 2018 14:06
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Taxe D'Habitation
Replies: 2
Views: 4521

Taxe D'Habitation

Martyn has mentioned in a recent post that his centre des impôts has been on strike recently. Is this the reason perhaps why we haven't received our 2018 demand yet? We've sent an email but if they are on strike, I suppose we won't get a response. Is it safe to see what happens or do we need to do s...
by alan
Sun 09 Dec 2018 10:01
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 5913

Re: Forthcoming visit

Dear Kate We have been enjoying pre-Christmas breaks in France for a number of years now returning home for the big event itself to be spent with children and grandchildren. We combine such visits to PV with a stop-over somewhere. In the run up to last Christmas we flew into and out of Carcassonne a...
by alan
Sat 08 Dec 2018 16:03
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 5913

Re: Forthcoming visit

Thanks Martyn

It was really travelling from the airport to the train station that I was concerned about. The only problems I've seen with train travel is in relation to stations serving exclusively freight.

Are the restaurants in PV affected?

Alan
by alan
Sat 08 Dec 2018 14:35
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 5913

Forthcoming visit

We have a visit planned to our second home in Port Vendres this coming week. We are flying into and out of Montpellier by Easyjet and travelling by train to and from PV having secured 1 euro trains in each direction. Travel between the airport and the station is by navette as there isn't a tram stat...
by alan
Sat 13 Oct 2018 13:28
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Termite traps
Replies: 2
Views: 4498

Thanks Kate

Alan
by alan
Wed 10 Oct 2018 18:00
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Termite traps
Replies: 2
Views: 4498

Termite traps

Does anyone have experience of using traps (containers with material soaked with a chemical and sunk into the ground adjacent to a property) supported by a periodic maintenance contract in order to deal with a termite problem? Helpful replies would be appreciated please together with recommendations...
by alan
Sun 09 Sep 2018 08:55
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Things to do in & around Collioure Sep '18
Replies: 11
Views: 6476

Alternatively, you might try Le Train Rouge https://www.letrainrouge.fr/. This runs on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during your stay. The connections from and to Collioure are not great but you could leave Collioure by train at 7.52 and arrive in Rivesaltes at 8.27. Then at 10.00 take Le Tr...
by alan
Fri 07 Sep 2018 20:03
Forum: Airport Transport
Topic: Perpignan Airport <> Collioure Sept 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 5998

I think it’s now ligne 6 and it now goes direct to Gare TGV - can anyone confirm? If I am reading the new timetable correctly on Saturday 22 September, there is a bus at 16.20 arriving at 16.51 but that seems to be cutting it very fine. The next bus is at 17.43 arriving at 18.14. On Saturday 29 Se...
by alan
Wed 19 Jul 2017 17:39
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13822

I would always advise someone to avoid English intestacy rules which can produce some strange results. By making a will, you can choose your executors and unlike in France, you can generally choose who inherits.
by alan
Tue 18 Jul 2017 12:20
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13822

I have been doing a bit more research. Just to recap, Steve is a widower who wants his children to inherit his French house and has been advised in France that a will is unnecessary because this happens anyway under French intestacy law. I think that the only reason to have a French will in such cir...
by alan
Sat 15 Jul 2017 15:08
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13822

The register of wills in France is the fichier central des dispositions de dernières volontés
by alan
Thu 13 Jul 2017 20:33
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13822

Martyn94 wrote:

“…you do have an English will, and unless it says something fancy (which doesn't seem to be so, though I'm guessing) it will apply to your worldwide assets,…â€￾

I’m afraid that this isn’t entirely correct. An English Will would not apply to a French home unless it does say, “something fancyâ€￾ in the light of something known as Brussels IV. Traditionally, there is a distinction between immovable property and movable property. Here is an extract from “Parker’s Modern Wills Precedentsâ€￾ (though not the most recent edition):

“…although the rule for English conflict of laws purposes is that the law of the testator’s domicile applies to movable property it is the law of the state in which immovable are situated which applies to themâ€￾.

Personally, I would take advice from an English firm of solicitors which also has expertise in French inheritance and tax law. There are a number on the internet but if anyone wants a name (though not a recommendation), please send me a pm.