Vietnam memories

Vietnam memories

This week we’re off on possibly the most highly anticipated trip of the last 15 years, the biggest adventure ever for our very well-travelled but very European-based children, the most emotional and longed for journey in many many years – excitement is at fever...
A day in my life

A day in my life

Today I’m being featured in a series on the daily reality of expat life on my friend Clara’s blog The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide.  The idea of the series is to show what really goes on in an expat’s life – the nitty gritty ordinary...
A family adventure in French Guyana

A family adventure in French Guyana

In this, the sixth post in my series on far-flung France we’re going on a family holiday to South America, to a little-known location, French Guyana, France’s only Dom-Tom which isn’t an island. Taking us on this holiday is my lovely friend Liz who...
Expat farewells

Expat farewells

It’s no secret, I love living where I live.  I’ve lived a nomadic life moving country 9 times though sometimes all those other countries seem a very long time ago as I’ve now been in France for nearly 18 years.  But even within France I’ve...
Guadeloupe: The Caribbean Butterfly

Guadeloupe: The Caribbean Butterfly

The fourth post in my series on far-flung France is about Guadeloupe. My guest writer today is Laura K. Lawless, an American Francophile who has combined her love of heat and the tropics with her love of France by moving to live permanently on an island in the...
Life in Mayotte

Life in Mayotte

In the second in the series of far-flung France today’s post comes to you from the island of Mayotte. My guest blogger is Curtis Bausse, a Welsh writer who has spent most of his life in France.   Recently retired, he currently lives with his wife in Mayotte and...
A long weekend in Martinique

A long weekend in Martinique

It may come as a surprise to hear that France has the most time zones of any country in the world. Yes you read that right, France has 12 time zones because it has overseas territories and departments spread across the globe; from South America, via the Caribbean, the...
Versatile Blogger

Versatile Blogger

Pondering on dates and anniversaries recently over on my Facebook page for Lou Messugo I realised I’d been running the gîte for 5 years.  Which got me thinking that April has another anniversary – my blogiversary.  Three days ago, on the 18th April this...
Souvenirs of an expat life

Souvenirs of an expat life

Memories make up an integral part of expat life, memories of “home” or previous countries lived in, often rose tinted, usually nostalgic, sometimes sad, mostly happy, but always there.  Of course every life is comprised of memories whether expat or not,...
The beginnings of a multicultural marriage

The beginnings of a multicultural marriage

Once upon a time a young British/Australian girl met a handsome Frog in a far away land. After a whirlwind romance they decided to get married and this is where the fun started. They lived in Hanoi, Vietnam, her parents lived in Barbados, her siblings in England, one...
Grow your Blog – blog hop party!

Grow your Blog – blog hop party!

Last year I participated in the biggest blog hop I’ve ever come across with over 400 participants and it was such a success that I’m doing it again. It’s called Grow Your Blog and it’s open to all genres of blog, from all over the world, simply...
About me

About me

Hello, bonjour, bienvenue and welcome to my blog! As you’re here, doing me the great honour of reading my blog, the least I can do is to tell you a little about about myself and what to expect in the Lou Messugo Blog. I’m Phoebe, a British and Australian...
5 places I could visit over and over

5 places I could visit over and over

Having recently returned from a trip to Iceland, a place I lived in as a child, I’ve been thinking more and more about the desire to go back to old haunts.  My curiosity to see and discover new places is insatiable and I usually find when deciding whether to go...
Getting back into the swing of things

Getting back into the swing of things

There was an unusual melancholy hanging over Lou Messugo a couple of weeks ago upon our return from Iceland.  Whether it was owing to exceptional circumstances in the gîte – guests and their personal dramas that we became involved with – or the displaced...
It’s the end of another school year…

It’s the end of another school year…

It’s the end of another school year and I feel like it’s only just got going.  I know I am not alone in thinking this and I know it’s not an original sentiment but really, these last ten months have sped by so fast it’s frightening.  I thought...

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