Well, where do I start? Name is usually the best - I'm John, aka Braunstonian. Been living in France, or to be precise, the Essonne since August Protected content . Moved here from Leicester in the UK to be with my French girlfriend Isabelle.
We live in a small village of about 1,300 inhabitants, 15km from Corbeil-Essonnes. Presently I'm a stay at home Daddy to our son Rémy who is 8 months. Isabelle works as Commercial Assistant for a company that manufactures industrial computers and markets touch screens and various related technologies.
In the UK I first worked for a bus company in their marketing dept, then ended up in a copyshop/design bureau. Since moving to France I've worked on a few graphic design projects, been a stores person, worked in a supermarket and have done some translation work too. The reality of life in France is reflected in the fact my employment history had been very chequered compared to that back in the UK.
We have several interests. Isabelle is into the theatre and has performed with a couple of troupes. She also is a dog lover and likes embroidery and anything arts & crafts.
For me, well I've been almost a lifelong bus enthusiast - although that has taken a bit of a back seat lately ('scuse the pun) .
Much of the time I'm mucking about with Linux and my website, but I also enjoy photography, cooking English stuff occasionally, walking, reading too much and listening to music from the 60's, 70's & 80's - I'm a bit of a Britpop/Ska/Motown/New Wave fan.
We both enjoy socialising with friends, and any new people we meet (one of the reasons why I started my own expat group in Protected content lot of the time we have friends come round for a meal, or we are asked out. Before Rémy came along we loved going to the cinéma, especially Les Cinoches in Ris-Orangis Protected content see some English films.
If you are living in the Essonne we'd love to hear from you,
John, Isa & Rémy.