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by alan
Sat 08 Dec 2018 14:35
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 5845

Forthcoming visit

We have a visit planned to our second home in Port Vendres this coming week. We are flying into and out of Montpellier by Easyjet and travelling by train to and from PV having secured 1 euro trains in each direction. Travel between the airport and the station is by navette as there isn't a tram stat...
by alan
Sat 13 Oct 2018 13:28
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Termite traps
Replies: 2
Views: 4474

Thanks Kate

Alan
by alan
Wed 10 Oct 2018 18:00
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Termite traps
Replies: 2
Views: 4474

Termite traps

Does anyone have experience of using traps (containers with material soaked with a chemical and sunk into the ground adjacent to a property) supported by a periodic maintenance contract in order to deal with a termite problem? Helpful replies would be appreciated please together with recommendations...
by alan
Sun 09 Sep 2018 08:55
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Things to do in & around Collioure Sep '18
Replies: 11
Views: 6407

Alternatively, you might try Le Train Rouge https://www.letrainrouge.fr/. This runs on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during your stay. The connections from and to Collioure are not great but you could leave Collioure by train at 7.52 and arrive in Rivesaltes at 8.27. Then at 10.00 take Le Tr...
by alan
Fri 07 Sep 2018 20:03
Forum: Airport Transport
Topic: Perpignan Airport <> Collioure Sept 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 5932

I think it’s now ligne 6 and it now goes direct to Gare TGV - can anyone confirm? If I am reading the new timetable correctly on Saturday 22 September, there is a bus at 16.20 arriving at 16.51 but that seems to be cutting it very fine. The next bus is at 17.43 arriving at 18.14. On Saturday 29 Se...
by alan
Wed 19 Jul 2017 17:39
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13711

I would always advise someone to avoid English intestacy rules which can produce some strange results. By making a will, you can choose your executors and unlike in France, you can generally choose who inherits.
by alan
Tue 18 Jul 2017 12:20
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13711

I have been doing a bit more research. Just to recap, Steve is a widower who wants his children to inherit his French house and has been advised in France that a will is unnecessary because this happens anyway under French intestacy law. I think that the only reason to have a French will in such cir...
by alan
Sat 15 Jul 2017 15:08
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13711

The register of wills in France is the fichier central des dispositions de dernières volontés
by alan
Thu 13 Jul 2017 20:33
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 13711

Martyn94 wrote:

“…you do have an English will, and unless it says something fancy (which doesn't seem to be so, though I'm guessing) it will apply to your worldwide assets,…â€￾

I’m afraid that this isn’t entirely correct. An English Will would not apply to a French home unless it does say, “something fancyâ€￾ in the light of something known as Brussels IV. Traditionally, there is a distinction between immovable property and movable property. Here is an extract from “Parker’s Modern Wills Precedentsâ€￾ (though not the most recent edition):

“…although the rule for English conflict of laws purposes is that the law of the testator’s domicile applies to movable property it is the law of the state in which immovable are situated which applies to themâ€￾.

Personally, I would take advice from an English firm of solicitors which also has expertise in French inheritance and tax law. There are a number on the internet but if anyone wants a name (though not a recommendation), please send me a pm.
by alan
Sat 06 May 2017 12:24
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 4381

Received and have replied.

Many thanks

Alan
by alan
Sat 06 May 2017 09:53
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 4381

I have sent a couple but they don't seem to have reached you although I did receive a pm you sent to me. All I was asking was for a specific recommendation on something that I can use with my laptop and which will both work in PV and is relatively foolproof. As it is, when we want to access the inte...
by alan
Thu 04 May 2017 21:36
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 4381

Allan

I have sent you a pm.

Alan
by alan
Thu 04 May 2017 18:40
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 4381

Thanks for the suggestions. We don't have a phone line and a small TV would only give us access, presumably, to French TV which is not going to have the detailed coverage we would like. We are not looking for an invitation to a party but information and informed commentary as the night progresses. A...
by alan
Thu 04 May 2017 16:18
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: General Election
Replies: 13
Views: 4381

General Election

I wonder if anyone has any suggestions please. We have a second home in Port Vendres which is without a TV or connection to the internet. When General Elections happen, we usually stay up overnight to watch the results as they come in. This year, we shall be at our second home. Other than booking in...
by alan
Thu 12 Nov 2015 21:48
Forum: Travel
Topic: Argeles to Barcelona by train
Replies: 11
Views: 3927

I doubt that it is realistically possible to walk from Cerbere to Port Bou. It would be a very good walk along a mountainous road.

We found ourselves at Cerbere station one afternoon in October. It was almost totally deserted, as was the town itself.
by alan
Mon 12 Oct 2015 18:53
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Superyachts
Replies: 14
Views: 10574

Hope it's still there when we arrive on Friday.
by alan
Fri 02 Oct 2015 13:48
Forum: Travel
Topic: Birmingham to Perpignan
Replies: 8
Views: 3153

I see now that the relevant prices have been inserted. At first glance it seems they are rather more expensive than in previous years.
by alan
Fri 02 Oct 2015 09:29
Forum: Travel
Topic: Birmingham to Perpignan
Replies: 8
Views: 3153

Yes, thank you, but using the words "sold out" is inaccurate and misleading.
by alan
Thu 01 Oct 2015 20:13
Forum: Travel
Topic: Birmingham to Perpignan
Replies: 8
Views: 3153

Summer 2016

Sorry, I didn't make it clear that I was talking about Summer 2016. So every flight between Sat 28 May 2016 and Tues 27 Sept 2016 is shown as sold out. However, this isn't actually accurate as the following extract from a "live chat" I have had with Ryanair this morning indicates: "Alan If you look ...
by alan
Thu 01 Oct 2015 10:33
Forum: Travel
Topic: Birmingham to Perpignan
Replies: 8
Views: 3153

Birmingham to Perpignan

It seems that Ryanair are flying the Birmingham/ Perpignan route this summer on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

However, the website shows every single flight as having being sold out! Either people have been very busy and the route is a great success or something is wrong. Does anyone have any information?
by alan
Wed 27 May 2015 13:04
Forum: Travel
Topic: Montpellier station to airport
Replies: 2
Views: 1843

Yes, that is correct. We have just returned from a holiday flying into and from Montpellier and using the train to our house in PV. When arriving at the airport it is possible to purchase a ticket from the shuttle bus driver to include the tram (return also available). Whilst it's a pity the tramlin...
by alan
Thu 02 Apr 2015 21:53
Forum: Travel
Topic: 2 train questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3087

You should have plenty of time then to get a meal. The railway station is quite central and there are a number of restaurants on the road which leads to the Place de la Comédie
by alan
Thu 02 Apr 2015 17:53
Forum: Travel
Topic: 2 train questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3087

We usually get a through train from Port Vendres to Montpellier which goes through Argeles, avoiding any problems with connections. If you are flying from Montpellier, you might wish to get the tram from the station and eat in one of several restaurants in Antigone which are within a few minutes of ...
by alan
Fri 13 Mar 2015 23:53
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: new enquiry - French Notaires
Replies: 6
Views: 3307

When we bought there was only one notaire involved and he was recommended by the selling agents but we were reasonably comfortable because we felt that it was a very straightforward transaction in which the sellers were, incidentally, also English. However, the most comprehensive book in English on ...
by alan
Fri 13 Mar 2015 23:24
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Locksmith
Replies: 8
Views: 3889

We've used Sécuriclé as well, an Irish locksmith with a French wife - excellent service.
by alan
Thu 12 Mar 2015 10:44
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Thinking of buying a house.
Replies: 6
Views: 3843

We have a second home in Port Vendres. We don't find it that "busy" and there is always a supermarket, independent shop or restaurant open. I can't agree that it has "no beach within easy walking or cycling distance". We tend to use the beach behind Lidl on the road to Collioure and sometimes the be...
by alan
Sat 07 Mar 2015 18:27
Forum: Travel
Topic: FLIGHTS FROM PERPIGNAN TO STANSTEAD AT RISK
Replies: 29
Views: 11020

We used the Stansted to Perpignan route last October and at Christmas. The problem we had at Christmas related to the time changes we experienced after booking. When we originally booked, the outward flight was at 11.40. It then changed to 7.45 and the final change was to 9.00. This made planning di...
by alan
Sat 07 Mar 2015 17:44
Forum: Travel
Topic: Beziers Airport Shuttle Bus
Replies: 8
Views: 3903

The question was: "Does anyone have experience of the Beziers airport shuttle bus?" I flew into and from Beziers at the beginning of last September and travelled by train to and from Port Vendres via Perpignan (spending the night in Narbonne on the return trip). The bus from the aiport stops right o...
by alan
Thu 05 Mar 2015 16:43
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Wi-Fi without landline
Replies: 17
Views: 7690

Allan helpfully wrote above: "If you see a hotspot with the word FON in the name then you can use it on a pay as you go basis. Generally hot spots will have names like SFR public Wif". While we were at our house in Port Vendres last month, I found such a hotspot, namely "SFR public Wifi Fon" but I a...
by alan
Sun 01 Mar 2015 17:36
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Legal remedies?
Replies: 6
Views: 2988

We own a self contained studio apartment which is let. Our last tenant clearly and obviously abandoned the premises, turned off the power, leaving it in a terrible condition with rotting food in the refrigerator. In England and Wales the landlord and/or his agent would be able to take photographs an...