Postcards from France

travel stories from France by Gai Reid

Category: Loire Valley (page 1 of 3)


Here is a short video story about REAL LIFE in the Château du Mauran.

This delightful property sits at the base of the Petit Pyrenees in South West France.

Neil and I were lucky enough to spend a month living at the Château and sharing the lifestyle of its owners Cor and Margaret.  

We had the privileged experiences of meeting their friends and helping them entertain!

FOR MORE STORIES of our French Adventures, take a look at VILLAGE TO VILLA


Paris – always a good idea!

And in Paris we will be – this time next week.

We may be dazed by jet-lag but the energy and beauty of Paris will still be intoxicating.
de nice bedroom
Neil is a “Paris Virgin” and I can’t wait to show him why I am so in love with this enchanting city.

Our plan is to be out and about, photographing and being dazzled by the history and the beauty that surrounds us. Being the end of winter, the trees will mostly be bare – giving us a clear view of the incredible detail on the architecture and as much warmth as possible from the sun.

Porte Saint Denis 1


We have made plans to meet up with one of my treasured FaceBook friends, Ann Jeanne.

Ann is a very talented photographer and writer. She loves her city and shares her encounters on line.  Neil and I will be dining with Ann and two of her Parisian friends. They are taking us to a traditional French brasserie with some very juicy history!

 We will be living like locals in Paris !

If you are a fan of the novelist Hemingway – who lived in Paris during his younger years – you will enjoy this.

We have plenty of adventures planned for our time in France.

After our warm up in Paris, Neil and I will head south, first to visit friends in the village of Bellac, then on to our first house and pet sitting assignment in France.

You can follow our encounters with French life on our site called “Village to Villa”  living like locals

Please leave us your email address so we can keep you in the loop as our French experiences unfold  – good and challenging!

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Living Like Locals in France….

and Italy…and the UK….and Australia.

In fact just about anywhere in the world where the people know about house sitting.

Bonjour fellow France fans – I’ve been very quiet over the past few months – for a really good reason. My partner Neil and I have been putting together an amazing project and it involves FRANCE!! It’s called “Village to Villa – living like locals”. Over the coming year, we plan to house sit through 4 countries and produce a television series about our experiences. We are doing all of the jobs except editing! After 3 weeks in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills we’ve fallen in love with village life and want to stay. But we will be doing that lot I expect, as we move to more amazing locations. Next March, we head to France. Our first stop is a tiny weeny hamlet near a small village 30 mins from Limoges. More on that when we arrive. Take a look at our project on – LIKE our Facebook page by the same name and join us, we’d love to share this ambitious and fantastic journey and hope to inspire many more to do the same thing. What a great way to see the world from a REAL life perspective.
AND can you believe we discovered this French chateau style villa just a few blocks from where we are staying in the Adelaide Hills!
Have you ever thought about House Sitting?

Stay in FRANCE for free? anyone?

There are few places I’d rather be than in Paris.  OK maybe an enchanting village in Provence, or in the magical Loire Valley, possibly Lyon. The list goes on and on an on.


There IS a way that you can see this captivating country, WITHOUT the cost of hotel accommodation and WITH all the comforts of home.  Someone else’s home.

Lagny sur Marne 025 SLR Thorigny 12 slr

To know what it’s really like to live in a country with a different culture and possibly a different language, you must move into someone else’s home and live like the locals.

And THAT is exactly what you can do when you become a HOUSE SITTER.  You will be living free in a home, with the benefits that brings – like a kitchen and a washing machine! Usually you can connect to the owner’s wifi, tune in to the pay TV and live as they do.  You will most likely be asked to take care of their property and most importantly their animals.

This is the reason most people seek out a house sitter.  They don’t want to put their pets into care while they’re away from home.

Millie LR Bonnie 2


My  partner Neil and I have become house sitters and plan to spend 12 months house sitting in 4 countries.  Most people we tell have the same reply.  “That’s fantastic!  Can we come too?”

Of course you can!  We want you to follow us on our incredible adventure. AND there’s more. As we travel, we are recording our experiences, the people we meet, the dogs we get to know and anything we think is awesome  – and we’re making a TV series. “Village to Villa – living like locals”  is about to begin production.  You can come on the journey too.

Interested in knowing the details?    Head to our website and become part of the crew.





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