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Camper vanning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa GIMBLETT Jul 23, 2012. 2 Replies

I have a hankering to get a small second-hand camper van, like a VW California or a Mercedes Marco Polo, to explore France and beyond, but they are soooo expensive.  Any ideas?Continue

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Has anyone used them to transfer funds and if so, please recount your experience.Continue

 

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Sheila Walshe-Blackmore commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"Maybe you winked at him at the end of the test! :-)  We had a lucky escape, Catherine, in that we realised that  Henry's licence would expire in a week's time (back in March).  We got the photos, photocopied everything we…"
Apr 10, 2013
Catherine Julia Stock commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"Thanks Sheila. Yes, very very relieved. I think the guy pushed me through. I am sure a real jeune conducteur would have failed for driving at 90."
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Sheila Walshe-Blackmore commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
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Catherine Julia Stock commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"I passed! Just. Got 21 pts out of 32. Lost points for silly things like not ASKING the examiner if he had fastened his seat belt- just looked. Needed 20 to pass. Whew. They let you know by mail a few days after the test. I guess some examiner got…"
Apr 10, 2013
Pamela ten Broek commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"Hi Catherine, we've been through the test too as we were not able to exchange/convert our New Zealand licences here.Did the examiner tell you that you had failed immediately after the exam? I find it strange that you were not given a result…"
Apr 10, 2013
Catherine Julia Stock replied to Jane Quaye's discussion Caught for speeding - are cameras in great use?
"I have JUST received the news that I passed my driving exam, after driving for 45 years and since 1986 in France. I used to travel back and forth between the US and France and South Africa, but now I am almost always in France. I applied as…"
Apr 8, 2013
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I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?

Found out by chance recently that I was supposed to get a French driving license when I was issued a carte de sejour in about 1994. I was only spending a few months in France at the time, but now live here on a pretty permanent basis.Had my driving test this morning and was told at the start that I had to drive like a "jeune conducteur", but I now realise that I was driving at 90kph on departmental roads instead of 80. Have I flubbed my exam, or will the inspector take into consideration that I…See More
Apr 3, 2013
Catherine Julia Stock commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"I was able to hire a double command car from a retired monitor (though he did make me take and pay for six or seven hours of lessons with him first) so I was alone in the car with the examiner. Can't believe how incredibly expensive it costs to…"
Apr 3, 2013
David Cox commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"Hiyas! Having recently been through this, I know how you feel. There should have been your "Monitor" in the back seat from your driving school. You can call them and ask. When I took my test, the examinateur yelled at me to go faster, and…"
Apr 3, 2013
Catherine Julia Stock commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"Speed limit for "jeunes conducteurs" is 80 on normal roads. I checked. :o( I passed the Code amd had to pay a small fortune to access a car with double command for the exam."
Apr 3, 2013
Stuart Wilson commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"Hi Julia As far as I'm aware N roads and D roads are 90km/h. The D road I use for work certainly is. Unless you saw a specific sign for 80. That is a sign I haven't seen in our department."
Apr 3, 2013
Susan Grunbichler commented on Catherine Julia Stock's blog post I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?
"Hello Catharine - I am in a similar situation - drove in South Africa for MANY years, lived in the USA and passed my test and drove there too.  I didn't realise either that there was a time limit for "exchanging" the…"
Apr 3, 2013

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I think that I messed up my French driving test...can anyone reassure me?

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 13:27 10 Comments

Found out by chance recently that I was supposed to get a French driving license when I was issued a carte de sejour in about 1994. I was only spending a few months in France at the time, but now live here on a pretty permanent basis.

Had my driving test this morning and was told at the start that I had to drive like a "jeune conducteur", but I now realise that I was driving at 90kph on departmental roads instead of 80. Have I flubbed my exam, or will the inspector take into…

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What do you do about paying house guests who want to leave?

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 10:01 38 Comments

I have had three sets of unhappy houseguests in twelve years who demanded refunds. In each case they had booked for two weeks. They were also all Australian who perhaps are not used to old buildings, though some of my most wonderful guests have also been from Australia. The first time I was so astonished I refunded them. The second pair suffered from allergies so I refunded them too but clarified my website and now turn away susceptible clients. Then two weeks ago I got another couple who… Continue

Weed killer rules

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 20:29 51 Comments

I am surrounded by a particularly nasty neighbour with whom I have had lots of problems in the past. He shot and blinded my cat in one eye, resulting in a 250 euro vet bill. Our bicycle shop man said "someone" must have sawed the handlebars of my friends bike because they started bending as he was racing down a steep hill and he almost lost control of the bike. We have tried to ignore his odious activity because we knew it would just get worse if I reacted. For the last few years he has…

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At 18:44 on December 26, 2010, Martin Parker said…

Hi Catherine,

Welcome to SFN.  There is a Midi-Pyrenees group if you have not already found it.

Cheers

Martin

 

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Hi Catherine


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