I’m Gillian, a Scottish expat blogger, red wine drinker and Francophile! I’ve been living in rural South West France with my family since 2012. I run our gite (a French word for holiday cottage), I work as a teacher librarian in our local high school, I blog about our family’s travel adventures in France and Europe and generally spend too much time on Facebook and Instagram.
I’ve been dabbling in the world of blogging for a few years now and I hope to inspire you to visit France and other European countries with your kiddos. I love to make the world our classroom and share ideas as well as resources to encourage learning through travel for kids (and adults!).
We decided to live our dream back in 2012 and made the move from city living to rural country living. After talking on and off about moving to France for about 10 years, the stars aligned and we left Edinburgh in May 2012 to embark on an adventure of a life time. With all our wordly possessions packed into a storage unit and no home to call our own, we took off with our children (aged 5 and 2.5 at the time) in our VW and headed South. Our first stop was the Dordogne and we instantly fell under the charm of this beautiful region.
We ended up buying a lovely renovated barn and proceeded to convert the original cottage into a gite. I now run the self-catering gite, work in a local high school, dabble in some VA and translation work. I’ve also started a new website focussing on our love of France, check it here >>> Bucket List France.
We love travelling with our children – especially in France, Scotland and the rest of Europe – meeting new people, eating good food and drinking a glass or two of vino!