Retired in Mexico, Riviera Maya.

How is it really ?

Well it is amazing to live here where the sun, the sea, the sites and monuments are surrounding you every day. The people are great and racism does not exist here. Still you must respect the rules and the population. It is fantastic to share the life of these people who are happy with so little. Always ready to help and advise you as well as explaining things and how to make your life easier. Of course I am a resident and not a tourist. It is very bad to see how some of them are not giving any respect to the locals and they believe the Mexican are at their disposal.

Anyway, for my part , in Cancun, I am retired and my small French pension is multiplied by 24 so in fact I make enough good money to live here. My partner and I are renting a new two floors, two bedrooms house with a patio in the back where my Orchids grow, for 4000 pesos. That is less than 170 euros or 220 usd per month and for that price, we are far from the center in a popular zone. All our neighbors are so nice and here they all say Hi to everybody. Water, gas or electricity is so affordable as well. Health care is nothing compair with the years I was living in the US.

Foodwise, from very cheap to very expensive, you find nearly everything. All foods are fresh and at home or in a restaurant, you always enjoy your meals. Most of the tourist believe that you only find Tacos, Burritos, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo but this is not only what the Mexican cuisine is. There is a lot lot more and it is easy to find very elaborated dishes. You just have to try. We go out so often and always try to go to a new place. International restaurants are ready to welcome you as well and for all kind of budget.

Regarding what to do, the beach of course but so many cultural sites and beautiful cities full of historical buildings. It is always very colorfull and that shows you why Mexicans are so joyfull all year long. At the moment of course, we all wear masks and this is mandatory even outside. Please note that in a bar or a restaurant you always tip 10 per cent minimum. There are many affordable houses to rent for vacations or small hotels and if you can avoid the huge all-inclusive resorts, you will be abble to appreciate a wonderfull country, stunnind people and great culture. Even notice than I am always delighted soon I see Mariachis, they are the soul of Mexico.

Joy everyday is my new life since 2015, no regrets no turning back just enjoying.

La vie de Chateau.

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In my career, I had the chance to work for a family who owned a Château in the Loire vallee in France. This property is huge and five persons were there working all year long. Three of us who travel from the US to manage and help in summer as they invited some guests.

We would be there in June, July and September. Of course we did a few trips during the year as our base was in Philadelphia.

On site, we had an organic garden with not less than 30 different kings of tomatos from white to black ones. A barne for 8 horses with a fantastic ring. Their son was at the time a horse rider specialised in jumping. We had around thirty hens, chicken, guenea hens, quails and so on. None of the animals were for cooking but just for fun as they were rare for some of them, and of course for fresh eggs.

Horses were oftenly hosted, of course extremely nice champions.

The whole property is 74 hectares and the main part are woods where in the season we could find mushrooms and one year we got over 150 kilos of Portobellos.

We had to prepare a lot of flowers arrangements in this home and had a flower garden were all sorts were available. Of course regarding the season…

All the cooking was home made, pastries and sweets as well. Only the bread was not, but extremely good bakeries are in the village next to this place.

During our stay, some Nobles, ex President and lots of family and friends were welcome. Dinner was a bit sofisticated and lunch was not so casual.

As the owners were American, we use to celebrate the 4th of July with a big party for them and the whole staff. After the dinner, some nice fireworks at the ring {to avoid a bad surprise}…

Tables were always nicely organised and realy rich, Superb Fine China, some antics, cristal glasses and siver plated cutlery. Linen was very precious and I had so much various kind that changing tables setting everydays was easy.

It was a long and hard day everytime we stayed at the Château, but we had a lot of fun and every time we had no guests, my boss would take us out to the restaurants around.

I must say that with twelve bedrooms , three salons and two dinning room plus a tv room we did have some work to do !

I had a two bedrooms appartement in the attic and three homes for staff were available for the permanent employees.

It is not possible to visit this superb Château as it is a private home.

Saint Tropez

The sex symbol Brigitte Bardot came to St-Tropez in the ’50s to star in Et Dieu Créa la Femme (1956) and overnight transformed the peaceful fishing village into a sizzling jet-set favourite. Tropeziens have thrived on their sexy image ever since: at the Vieux Port, yachts like spaceships jostle for millionaire moorings, and infinitely more tourists jostle to admire them.

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Life in a French Chateau.

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In my career, I had the chance to work for a family who owned a Château in the Loire vallee in France. This property is huge and five persons were there working all year long. Three of us who travel from the US to manage and help in summer as the owners invited some guests.

We would be there in June, July and September. Of course we did a few trips during the year as our base was in Philadelphia.

On site, we had an organic garden with not less than 30 different kings of tomatoes from white to black ones. A barne for 8 horses with a fantastic ring. Their son was at the time a horse rider specialised in jumping. We had around thirty hens, chicken, guenea hens, quails and so on. None of the animals were for cooking but just for fun as some of them  were rare, and of course for fresh eggs.

Horses were oftenly hosted, of course extremely nice champions.

The whole property is 74 hectares and the main part are woods where in the season we could find mushrooms and one year we got over 150 kilos of Portobellos.

We had to prepare a lot of flowers arrangements in this home and had a flower garden were all sorts were available. Of course regarding the season…

All the cooking was home made, pastries and sweets as well. Only the bread was not, but extremely good bakeries are in the village next to this place.

During our stay, some Nobles, ex President and lots of family and friends were welcome. Dinner was a bit sofisticated and lunch was not so casual.

As the owners were American, we use to celebrate the 4th of July with a big party for them and the whole staff. After the dinner, some nice fireworks at the ring {to avoid a bad surprise}…

Tables for the owners, were always nicely organised and realy rich, Superb Fine China, some antics, cristal glasses and siver plated cutlery. Linen was very precious and I had so much various kind that changing tables setting everydays was easy.

It was a long and hard day everytime we stayed at the Château, but we had a lot of fun and very often when we had no guests, my boss would take us out to the restaurants around.

I must say that with twelve bedrooms , three salons and two dinning room plus a tv room we did have some work to do !

I had a two bedrooms appartement in the attic and three homes for staff were available for the permanent employees.

It is not possible to visit this superb Château as it is a private home.