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When does a place feel like home? When you know the people and faces; when you can navigate the roads without thinking about the route; when you layer memories in it with family and friends? For me, it’s all the little things. Landing back in Béziers and feeling an overwhelming sense of familiarity, giving a bonjour back to local faces around town, spending holidays and down time exploring nearby places.

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Larzac & Loddon is a new line of designer scarves made from 100% pure silk, based on the oil paintings of artist Frances Macve. You may remember her painting of a European roller bird on the cover of last year’s Christmas issue. Frances came to France to paint in 1987, having previously worked in the wine industry in central London.

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The association The Friends of the Anglophone Library (FOAL) was set up six & a half years ago in Montpellier once it became clear that we were not going to be able to save the former American Library. We fought long and hard and got a lot of press coverage. Our petition gathered 2200 signatures. Sadly to no avail. The new association wanted to provide a library, not to replace the old one, but at least to offer a good selection of books to English-speakers in Montpellier and surrounding areas.

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I have travelled a lot around our beautiful planet, learning different ways to think, behave and enjoy life. I went backpacking in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. I have lived in Ireland, Spain, and New Zealand. With all of this, I experienced all different aspects of international mobility, positive and negative. Challenging situations such as the difficulty of finding quality work, being a foreigner with a different and sensitive nature, being misunderstood, and the loneliness of being an expat’s wife. Conversely, there are many enjoyable moments as well, such as my maternity experience in New Zealand and how the mélange of culture affected my soul. This is this experience I would like to share with you: my beautiful experience among the Maori People.