Life Quotes & A Medal

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

CS Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis, 1898-1963), was a novelist, poet and medievalist, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – On achieving your dreams:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Read the road I ‘traveled’ in search of a dream!

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Presenting: La Souhaitable !

Merci to Kev for contacting me for this interview (in English) as a way for authors/bloggers to support each other.

 Presenting: La Souhaitable … Kim Defforge! (click to access article) 

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Surprising Stats

Let’s face it – we don’t really know what’s going to interest our audience in the world of blogging, as there is so many blogs and so little time.

I try to write informative articles, yet amusing and entertaining ones to pique readers’ interest and loyalty.  I was surprised that every day someone does a keyword search for Starbucks, but I had no idea that that topic would be the top post so far – go figure (pun intended)!  Hips don’t lie and these stats don’t lie!

MY TOP 5 POSTS FOR THE PAST YEAR (with links):

1st Starbucks on the Côte d’Azur

Mots Croises de Noel (Christmas Crossword Puzzle)

Book Trailer Video: “Solitary Desire”

“11eme Art” : A nice Nice restaurant

Brasserie in Nice

Thanks for staying tuned!

Expat Blog – An Interview

Kim Defforge is a lifelong francophile and former French teacher, with a passion for all things French. Having moved from the U.S. to the French Riviera, she now enjoys writing about French culture, food, wine, events, and the simple beauty of a Mediterranean sunset…proving that dreams really can come true!


Why did you choose to move to Nice?

Actually, I had intended to live in Montpellier, but my husband’s family is in Cannes, so he wanted to return to the Cote d’Azur area. It turned out to be a great choice – Nice is a lively, beautiful city.

How was the moving process?

It was somewhat frantic: we sold our U.S. condo (unexpectedly in two days), sold our cars and other items and shipped the rest of our belongings and furniture from the U.S. to France in a 40 cubic foot cargo container. We were in the midst of totally renovating an apartment in Nice at the time, so had to store our boxes and furniture in the middle of the living room, leaving only a small perimeter to walk around. We had to shower at the beach, until the bathroom was completed…thankfully, it was summer. Getting everything done and being physically settled in took about 6 months.

Did you face difficulties to adapt to your host country?

Not really – I had lived and worked in Paris for a short time years ago and was a French teacher in the U.S. I also spent summers near Montpellier, and therefore, I kept abreast of French culture and am very comfortable being in France. I did, however, have to go to driving school to obtain a French driver’s license, a challenging and expensive process, plus deal with the infamous French bureaucracy for my long-stay visa.
What surprised you the most in Nice?

Although Nice is the 5th largest city in France, I was surprised at how relatively small the city center actually is; also, the aggressive driving, especially the scooters. Could you please share with us something you like about Nice and something you don’t like? I like the view of the Mediterranean sea, especially while sitting at one of the beach restaurants. I don’t like the rocky beaches in Nice and prefer silky, soft sand between my toes for an enjoyable walk along the surf.

A common belief about Nice which wasn’t right?

People usually come to the South of France for the warm, sunny weather; however, there can be, surprisingly, frequent periods of rain.

What do you miss the most from the US, your home country?

An authentic Mexican meal, like I enjoyed at On The Border restaurant and the level of client service found in the U.S.

What does a typical day as an expat in Nice look like?

There is so much to do here! It could be simply enjoying a walk on the Promenade des Anglais, shopping at an open market, taking in the sea view over a cup of coffee, meeting friends for lunch at a beachfront restaurant, and perhaps, attending one of the area’s many museums or international clubs’ events. Voilà!

Which advice would you give to people wishing to settle in Nice?

Take your time to decide if being in a large city is really where you want to live before investing in property and do your homework about what to expect, such as laws and taxes.

When and why did you start your blog, 24/7 in France?

Although I had written a few freelance articles in 2008, I started my blog in March of 2012, as a way to share current news, travel information, and amusing stories about living on the French Riviera, for locals and tourists.

You are also a writer and you release a book on your journey to France: why did you choose to write on your expatriation experience?

Solitary Desire-One Woman’s Journey to France is the true story of my personal journey and the life events that weave an emotional tapestry: from adolescent imagination to adult life situations, with the twists and turns that led me to pursue my life dream of living in France.

What are your projects for the future?

Although I miss my family in the U.S., I feel that I am where I am meant to be and have no plans to live anywhere else. Future project ideas include writing more books, launching special travel opportunities for tourists, and hosting a writer’s retreat.

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December – My “Baby”!

Anticipation, unknown concerns, expectations, worry, excitement, labor intensive, growth, and labor pains. Since I started my blog nine months ago, these are some of the feelings I have experienced – similar to what a parent-to-be goes through. Coincidentally, I was also a December baby.

Now with my blog’s “birth” this month, I need to continue to shape and nurture it, through attention and loving care, as it continues to grow and reflect my personal influence and experiences. 

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a “child” – so, to all of you who have visited, liked, followed, and commented on my blog, thank you very much – your support has meant more than you can imagine.

Wishing each of you a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year full of peace and prosperity!

Kim at 24/7 in France

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Blog wish

I would like to share with you my stories/experiences and photos taken along my life journey to France – I hope you will enjoy reading them, learn your own life lessons from them, and realize that dreams really can come true !

After a long and winding road (with bumps along the way), I have been living on the French Riviera since 2007.  As a former French teacher, and now native ‘francaise d’un certain age,’  my wish is that you find enjoyment and inspiration from reading this blog.

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