Last night my thoughts were turning from the joys of
christmas to the woes of the list of repairs, purchases and modifications
needed to Clos des Saveurs before we open in Spring.
My winter is not a feast of dinner parties and shopping sprees...but
Four cold months of planning and searching for new directions.
Of course this story is not unique.
Like all of you I am a survivor in a place where I wanted to be
for so long. Having spent years in London suffercated by an addiction
called "expecation" and working like crazy I eventually arrived here in Nov
So much has happened ...far too much to reach this page.
My village...like many enjoys the company and flow of euros which the tourists
bring with them. It helps the taxi services, the cafes, the car hire companies
and even the airport at Bergerac. Many travelers at Bergearc airport are
Gite and B and B owners who came here to find the way of using their
property to make a living or help provide a living.
Our area alone has 2 major wedding venue chateaux which make a generous
contribution to tourism....ADDING to the much needed attention to St Emilion
which needs to irradicate it's 6 million euro debt.
So the scene is set for you to see.
Along comes a new tax for us Gite/ B AND B owners to pay.
On top of massive utility bills and all the taxes comes the 7% tva.
It will be a 7% payable .....even for those who take a few euros;
What will the outcome be.....the closure of many more small buisness's
a flooded property market and a very lonely airport at Bergerac.....and