by Ricardo • Wed 21 Nov 2018 17:20
Can anyone tell me if the rates for Tax Foncier have increased this year? Mine has gone up over 300%. Is there something I am not aware of as my Tax d'habitation is pretty much the same.
by Ricardo • Sat 11 Aug 2018 23:13
I also considered a swimming pool this year, but was put in touch with reality by reading an article entitled 'Ten reasons for not having a pool' that I read on an English/French blog. Worth a read for anyone about to embark into the unknown.
by Ricardo • Sat 04 Aug 2018 20:27
Does anyone know when or if the hotel and restaurant at Moulin Noye will reopen after its flood and damage to the terrace. This is one of our favourite eating places and we were extremely disappointed to find it closed up on a recent visit, not having realising that there had been a problem caused b...
by Ricardo • Sat 04 Aug 2018 20:16
I am pleased to hear that the restaurant is so good. We haven't been for a few years as it frequently changed hands and, on occasions, has been closed when we turned up for a meal. On this recommendation, we will try again within the next few weeks.
by Ricardo • Tue 07 Nov 2017 22:01
We received ours a few weeks ago. Similar to you we have one large recycling bin together with a small rubbish bin. The information, that was left with our neighbour, explained the new system and as far as I have been told the collections will start in January. As we are not permanent residents, I w...
by Ricardo • Wed 05 Jul 2017 07:28
I have recently uncovered a well situated on my property. On sampling the water I have found it to be clear, but I am uncertain as to the uses it can be put as a consequence of not knowing its chemical and bacterial composition. I know that I can get it tested and that the local testing laboratories...
by Ricardo • Wed 03 May 2017 22:51
I have only just discovered this through a friend so I have just made my application. Have anyone else living in the UK applied for their Vignette yet? How long does it take to arrive after applying on line? I understand that although it applies to pollution hotspots, such as Paris, it is obligatory...
by Ricardo • Thu 23 Feb 2017 13:55
When you enter the terminal the pet passport check-in is on the right before reaching the ticket machines and is well sign posted with a paw print. The building has only been open for couple of years and there is ample parking and more importantly after a long journey -toilets.
by Ricardo • Thu 23 Feb 2017 13:50
There are usually three desks at the terminal at the pet check in and it usually takes just a couple of minutes to check documentation and scan. Even during busy periods it can be straightforward. However, delays occur when people have incorrect documentation and then try to argue their case; all to...
by Ricardo • Tue 14 Feb 2017 23:29
You must have your vet sign and date the pet passport after administering the worm treatment, between 1 and 5 days before entry into the UK. Make sure the signature is dated and has the time of signing. I have witnessed several panicking pet owners at Calais with incorrect details trying frantically...
by Ricardo • Fri 09 Dec 2016 18:16
Thanks for this Dave. I realised that it would be difficult to give an exact figure as there are many variables, but at least it tells me that I am in the right range!
by Ricardo • Tue 06 Dec 2016 21:40
Having completed our renovation in France I have received my updated devis for the Tax d'Habitation. i know that the charges are dependent upon size of property, room numbers etc, but as a holiday home what sort of ball park figure should I expect to have to pay especially as I am not a full time re...
by Ricardo • Mon 31 Oct 2016 22:20
Having visited our house in the Creuse for the last ten years, I have never experienced the insect bites that I received in the last two weeks. My body (literally) was covered with extremely itchy red bites. some of which had blistered. I have been in agony for several days, with little comfort from...
by Ricardo • Tue 08 Mar 2016 16:06
Like Rictel we also took the westerly route around Paris with all the sights. However, for us, it was also a miscalculation. We realised that the setting on the SatNav was for the shortest route rather than the quickest. It pays to check SatNav settings before embarkation.
by Ricardo • Mon 09 Nov 2015 23:21
I have a Nationwide Flexplus account which allows free cash withdrawals (up to 500 euros a day)at the commercial interbank rate and then deposit in my french bank account. I have always obtained the best rates of exchange at no cost..
- Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
- Topic: How do you change your cash from sterling to euros?
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by Ricardo • Sun 19 May 2013 15:22
I used the tunnel last year. It was very easy to find and cut out a lot of the hassle when going on the route west of Paris. However, I didn't find it desperately quicker than via Rouen and the cost in tolls are substantial.
- Forum: Survey Yourselves
- Topic: What road route do you like best from / to the UK?
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by Ricardo • Wed 02 May 2012 00:08
I use the SANEF transponder. It is so convenient. Even with a roof box there are telepeage lanes with unrestricted height so there is no stopping. I had no problems using it with a trailer and roof box three weeks ago.