Welcome to all my readers!

My name is Lee and I am proudly South African. I have been living in France since 2013 with my husband. He was born and raised in Zimbabwe during a time of considerable economic and political upheaval, so for him it was never a question of if you would leave home – it was a question of when. Contrary to my dear hubby, I was not so thrilled at the prospect of emigrating. Nelson Mandela’s words on South Africa captured my sentiment perfectly: “Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.” Yet, here I am: a committed Francophile, traveller, and (most recently) blogger.

Leaving the proverbial nest is hard enough. Add moving to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language to that equation and it becomes completely unnerving. However, immigrating to France was the catalyst for a truly transformative experience for me. So, with a considerable amount of enthusiasm and a modest amount of trepidation, I have decided to impart some of what I have learned and experienced along this ever-evolving journey through this blog. My journey started in South Africa: a country of lions and elephants, of diverse peoples and languages, and braais (the South African variant of a barbecue and a veritable social custom). I was informed by my husband (after he had buttered me up with a considerable amount of chocolate, of course), that this journey would continue in France.
“Wait, what? France?”
“Yes my love, France. Think of the pastries and imagine all of the travelling we could do.”
He had me at pastries. Damn my sweet tooth!
Thus I said goodbye to my beloved braais and set out to discover baguettes 🙂

So without further ado, head over to my blog, which includes advice on moving abroad, travel insights and experiences, as well as anecdotes about life in France and South Africa. Please feel free to share any thoughts, experiences or comments you might have underneath my blog posts. I would love to hear from you!

If you are learning French and looking to improve your conversation, check out my handy French phrases.

I fancy myself a budding photographer, and although I drive my husband a little crazy snapping away at every blossom or building (his words, not mine!), these snapshots make for fantastic tangible memories!

Oh, and please don’t hesitate to contact me! What is a journey without sharing and interacting with others?


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“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell


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