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


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.

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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.

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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.





The Healing Powers of Travel

Is travel the magic elixir for healing?

Could you recover from devastating loss in a foreign land?

How could a trip to Paris heal an emotional wound?

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 At any one time, the estimated number of passengers flying in an aircraft is 600,000 – some of those are on their way to experiencing the awesome healing powers of being in a foreign country.

Most of us have experienced the restorative properties of a holiday. A couple of weeks in Fiji or a few days in Bali can reinvigorate a sluggish body and attitude. Health is frequently improved because of travel. Removing the stress in our life is often impossible, so the life must be removed from the stress on order to recover.

A physical journey can also clear the path for an emotional journey to emerge. Leaving your daily familiarity and giving yourself new and stimulating experiences can be the portal to understanding, acceptance and recovery from loss.

This is exactly how I healed my grief after the tragic death of my mother and soon after, the passing of my grandmother. Returning to France, a place where I had previously experienced a short two days of absolute bliss, gave me the gateway to begin the recovery process.

As I explored new and familiar parts of France, I dug into their history for colour, context and meaning that ultimately led to understanding, forgiveness and peace.

“Postcards from France” is my story of how the sensual powers of this essentially feminine country, healed a profound loss of love, identity and place. From Paris to Provence, Brittany and the Loire Valley, my stories of French experiences move through the ages taking you from the sublime to the repugnant, the humorous to the poignant. My hope is that by sharing my story, others will find the peace and tranquillty that can be found in an unfamiliar, fascinating and nourishing new location.

If you have experienced this incredible healing power of travel, please leave me a comment to share YOUR story.




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