My early life in France and my blog !!!

This is right off the back an update of an older post as just exchange with a fellow blogger on how long I have been in France , 19 years already since August 23rd 2003 !! My blog was a request by many friends in a now defunct travel forum that was very popular for a time and many convince me to write a book or a blog, Well me kept it simple and did a blog with the help of another friend from Madrid that had a travel forum on Spain, now abandoned, I guess I am strong to keep up this blog since November 26 2010. It keeps me going and I thank you all. I came first to lived in France with my in-laws in Chambry Seine et Marne dept 77 of the Île de France region,for free of course ,a great beginning! Then, once the rest of my family came from USA in Dec 2003 we went on to purchase a home in Versailles by July 2004, while always working in Paris or Suresnes. For job reasons and the wish of my wife Martine (RIP) I took a job in the Morbihan breton dept 56 of the region of Bretagne to start on June 1st 2011. We rented an apartment in Brech for me to stay while started working and the family follow early 2012. We then proceeded to purchase a home in Pluvigner on July 13 2013 , and we have been here ever since, except my dear late wife Martine who passed away from cancer on April 30 2018.

Now into retirement from a life that took me to visit 81 countries of our world in the Finance field,while doing expats work in 5, my blog is more than ever, my leisure and mind activity. Life on the road was nice , and the places visited interesting, but sometimes missed the boys back and Dad and wife back home. Now is the reverse I missed that hectic travel work pace lol !! The family lost two strong women of great courage and great mothers/wives, that we always missed, my mom Gladys (passed away Dec 27th 2007) ,and wife Martine. We taugh our boys well and they are pulling thru helping me a lot around the house ; they are good young men. My Dad Elio tumbled into a wheelchair and beginning to lose memory at 87 years old, but he is with us at home and the help of nurses and domestic help. My up to date news lol !!

I like to copy those earlier moment in my blog as a reminder of the nice blog that I build again thanks to many of you !! So these were my entries into my first blog posts ever!!! It all started back in November 2010!!! wow already 12 years time flies when having fun ! Hope you enjoy reading it as I did/do. Thank you all !!

Well I am finally into a blog after many years posting elsewhere. Hopefully this will allow me to share with my friends and family my travels and favorites pastimes over the years,and to hear back from folks similar stories. It will grow with us,looking forward to it. Posted: November 26 2010

Havana/La Habana it was once the Paris of the Americas, the Pearl of the Antilles, the most chic city of Latin America until the revolution destroyed everything;streets names were changed, city names were change, people left in hordes, and more poverty than ever sets in all under the glorious revolution still there.  Posted: November 28 2010,

Madrid .I arrived from Havana, Cuba on December 30th 1971 in a lonely long flight of 16 hours aboard a Britannia four propellers aircraft with a fueling stop in Santa Maria, Azores islands of Portugal. After much political pressure and the help of the Spanish government as Spanish citizens to leave the island dictatorship. I end up in another one Lol! Posted: November 28 2010

Where it all began for me and my family finally arriving in freedom at Perth Amboy , New Jersey ,USA on may 10, 1972. From Madrid ,Spain. After successful avoiding two dictatorships of the left and right, freedom sets in. Posted: November 28 2010

Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach /North Miami/ Hialeah/ Miramar. My first contact with the State of Florida took place in 1973 when I went from New Jersey to visit my Aunt in Miami Lakes; it didnt seem that great, I guess I was already used to the cold weather from Spain and New Jersey. Then in August of 1977 I went to pursue my university studies (ERAU) there, and settled at Daytona Beach. It was instant love, the city was warm, sunny but also cool in winter, nice folks and the beach and the girls was awesome. Posted:  November 29 2010

Versailles. Coming around my life, as a family we decided way back that one day we might end up in France. Being married to a French woman, and all French citizens, the time was just any minute. Life in South Florida has been great, and we were visiting France every year since 1990 together,even sometimes with my parents. The decision was made to come to live in France permanently in 2003. Posted: November 30 2010

Auray/Brech . Well here I am back and with new photos to share the wonderful world of  France. Today, I will talk a bit about my new area the Pays ‘Auray. Its a agglomaration of several towns into a metropolitan system of cities. The capital and main city is Auray or An Alre in Breton language.  I arrived here in May 30 2011. Posted: June 26 2011

Pluvigner. The town we are now is call Pluvigner, same department of Morbihan 56, in fact only about 11 kms from where we were, but a much bigger home. 255 sq meters of home and 1000 m2 of land!!! The house is great, we will do some adjustment to our convenience but no major works needed. I arrived here on July 2013. Posted: September 8 2013.

There you go folks, especially for the newies following my blog ,now you know a bit more of me in a nutshell!!! Again thank you very much for keeping with me these last few years (12) and hopefully many more to come on our road warrior ways of our world.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

7 Comments to “My early life in France and my blog !!!”

  1. What a life :). I’m sorry for your loss of Martine. I lost my mother to cancer in 2013. Regularly, I think of her in a fond way. Usually some anecdote which sparks a memory.

    Enjoy retirement in a beautiful region!

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  2. Una vida llena de viajes y aventuras, siento mucho la perdida de tu esposa. Ojala que encuentres todo lo que buscas en Francia. Un abrazo de Valencia.

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