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Whole Earth Guide

Let us be your tourist guide to the world. As we expand into new countries, we'll give you all the information that you need to know before you go and show you all the highlights of each country and region. Along the way we'll reveal places that you can stay with the service levels you thought had long since gone.

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Le Pays des Bastides Albigeoises

The largest region in France, Midi Pyrenees is an essentially rural area, stretching some 400km from the highlands of the Massif Central in the north, to the crests of the Pyrenees, on the Spanish border, in the south. Located between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, it is often referred to as 'the region where the living is good'.

Unlike many regions of France, Midi-Pyrénées is not a histor...

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Last updated 07 Apr 2012

01 Planning your move

As the number of house buyers looking at France seems once more to be on the increase, we’re starting a little series today which will take you through all the steps from when you first have the idea of moving to France or just buying a Summer home here to settling in.

Over the course of our little series, we’ll cover all aspects of buying a house in France in enough detail to let you do it wit...

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Last updated 10 Nov 2010

02c The Language: French for your children

As with yourself, there are two aspects of this ie what to do before you come here and what to do after you get here.

Before you get here, you should try to encourage your kids to enrol in French classes where they are available. If you're near a large town or city you may be able to enrol younger children in French language playgroups and the like. One thing that you shouldn't do is to ...

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Last updated 10 Nov 2010

Opening an account in America as a non-resident

This used to be really easy: pick a big bank, check that they opened accounts for non-residents, then pop your application in the post.

Post 9/11 though the Patriot Act is with us and it imposes such stringent 'know your customer' regulations on the banks that it's no longer possible to open an account online with any American bank if you are a foreigner and don't live in America. However, that...

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Last updated 10 Nov 2010

Opening a French bank account

If you are intending to buy a property in France at some point, it's pretty much essential to open a French bank account before you get to the point of purchase.

For non-residents, the internet banking companies are not an option. Indeed, they are, on the whole, not an option unless you have been resident in France for a year or two as they ask for proof of French income. An exception to this i...

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Last updated 10 Nov 2010

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