Links to some helpful sites and good contacts
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If our website has given you an appetite for more, then be our guest and visit some of our friends and other useful sites.
An online shop, full of Perry's drawings and cartoons of life in France. You can buy reproductions and originals which will be posted to your door, or as a gift for someone else.
Perry's own professional site showcasing his graphic design, advertising, illustration and web design skills.
Caroline's cousins Jacqueline and Marc found a chambre d'hôtes business in the Charente Maritime. It offers 5 guestrooms each with their own bathroom and a fully equipped gite. Set at the edge of a small village called Soubran, it has a swimming pool terrace with an impressive view over the valley. They offer table d'hôtes a couple a times a week, where you can join them for dinner and a glass or two of wine. This is a great half way house en route for us.
If you've ever dreamed of a farmhouse or manoir in the beautiful rolling hills of the Gers, Ian Purslow has it in his portfolio; a hand-picked selection of top quality properties in beautiful settings. Ian and Sue Purslow are delightful, straight-talking immobiliers who have been in the Gers for almost twenty years. Their site is well laid out and very informative. And I don't say that just because I designed it!
Cardeillac, the 'Gite in the Gers', is a great place run by Marie and John Perrin. The enclosed courtyard, large gardens and new swimming pool provide a secluded ambiance in the little village of Haget. The gite sleeps 6-9 people and is just twenty minutes from Marciac for the jazz in August and an hour from the ski lifts of the several nearby resorts in the Pyrenees.
Ever fancied a signed, limited edition photograph? Our friend Malcolm Hulme, a photographer is his own right, has managed to get many of London's top photographers to offer their most beautiful work for sale as prints. From Landscapes and Abstracts to Portraits of the Rich and Famous. All stunning images.
Signed and numbered Collectors Limited Editions, simple unsigned prints, or Gift Vouchers for someone else, each print will be individually printed on the highest quality materials. Beats the hell out of a poster from IKEA!
This is an internet course for drawing and painting run by Perry's former art teacher in Amsterdam. Gea Zwart is an experienced artist and has decided to bring her art classes to the web. The site is in Dutch, but she is launching an English version soon.
SasStilo is the name of the ace duo of photographer Christian Lohman and stylist Saskia Vervoort. A great combination offering photography, styling, web design and graphic design.
Based near Malaga, in Southern Spain, they do commercial and editorial photography including portraits and real estate photography.
Skybreakers search for and arrange your flight tickets on line. Great prices, great service. If you have a complicated itinery, they can find you the cheapest way to get from A to B via Z. Run by Caroline's brother Jeroen.
Charles provides Zen-Shiatsu and acupuncture as well as tai chi chuan classes, just 20 minutes away from us, near Mirande, in the Gers. Find your inner peace!
René Beers, an old friend of Caroline's, left Holland and sailed to the Mediterranean. He lived in Barcelona for a while, where he met his Greek girlfriend. Together they sailed to Greece and built Galini Villas on the island Zakynthos. Check out these beautiful 5-star villas for a great holiday.
Budget Hotels Amsterdam
There are hundreds of hotels to choose from in and around Amsterdam. Finding the right one is a long winded business unless you know where to look. Budget Hotels Amsterdam are linked to all the hotels and the latest deals. So tap in to this great source and book through them, without paying any commission.
A vet's website (in Dutch) that features a monthly column by Caroline's other brother, Diederick, who is a vet near Deventer in Holland. Click on COLUMN in the nav bar along the top for all his articles.
Stunning coastlines, pasties, clotted cream teas and cosy cottages. Cornwall is beautiful. If you've never been there, go. Call up these old friends of ours, who also left the big city for a life in the country. Austyn and Amanda Hallworth have 150 cottages, loft and barn conversions and harbour studios all year round and will make you feel right at home.
The Domaine à Marmande is a chambres d'hôtes close to Mirande (about a half hour drive north of us). Run by Charles (US), his wife Caroline (NL), it is positioned peacefully up a country lane and set among the maize fields. The interiors are warm and Mediterranean and they have a separate gîte for those who wish to self cater. Charles also offers his talents as a shaitsu and acupuncture specialist. Domaine à Marmande is an oasis for those wishing to unplug in the Gers.
our friends, Saskia and Christian Lohman live on a hill overlooking olive groves in Andalucia. They write a blog about their new life in southern Spain, with great photos to match.
Multi-lingual services and assistance for foreign nationals in France. Palma Begue-Urso is a great lady and will help you to fight through the paperwork forest of French bureaucracy.
Vide greniers means 'attic clearance'. What the English call a car boot sale. The Dutch call it a rommelmarkt. This site tells you what's on and where. The vide-greniers normally begin in April and end in October.
If you have a site that you feel fits in with our site, please drop us a line so that we can discuss a link up.
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