It's not getting that chilly yet but winter is drawing in and shorter days are upon us...
This is a great time to get all our paperwork, admin and procedures in place to ensure we are all set up properly here in France or if you are looking to move here, now's the time to get ready and start enquiring about all there is to know and do once you arrive.
The Help is a local company that basically loves to HELP.
Need assistance with taxes, opening up a company, someone to do your monthly/yearly book keeping?
Need someone to help you set up in the are with finding a house, furniture, schools, cars, insurance, healthcare, taxes and everything new to you here in France?
Or maybe you need someone to give you HR advice on a new contract, on leaving a company, on the employment laws here in France?
Have a home that you need rented out for the summer, for the year?
THE HELP is held by Fiona, local resident who can be your one stop shop for all the assistance you need.
Fiona speaks four languages fluently (french/english/italian/spanish), has an HR and business/finance background here in France but also internationally.
Amongst her clients are local brands, artisans but also larger suf companies as well as retailers that need help with their crew so that everyone is happy and operational.
You can find a list of The Help's services here. Just give Fiona a call for details and tarifs.
- Administration and Management Services (formalities)
- Translation and interpreting services as per requests (all documents, websites)
- All French procedures
- Bank account openings – follow up of all banking issues
- Housing and vehicle insurances
- Management of the household utilities and services (electricity, water, gaz, phone, Internet and tv) – subscriptions and follow-up
- Opening of Social Security number(s)
- Alll tax related issues (tax declarations, tax estimations)
- HR issues (contract negotiations, dismissals, all work rights in France)
- Management of all accountancy related issues
- Temporary postal service
- Vehicle technical visits, registrations and license plates change
- Drivers licence change
- Orientation Services
- Discover The Landes, Basque Country and neighboring France and Spain
- Visits of different neighbourhoods and towns
- Overview of the related area – schools, work, activities, etc
- Housing visits as examples
- Work permit Services
- Full management of permit requests and Visas
- Procedures and follow-up for all work permits
- Housing Services
- Apartment and House search according to needs, with objective advice
- Buying and rental of real estate
- Planning and organization of accompanied visits
- Administration and negotiation of leases/sales of house with landlords and real estate agencies
- Administration for buying or selling property in France (notaire, legal contracts and documents)
- House inspection and inventory – arrivals and departures for permanent or temporary housing
- Interior design and furnishing assistance
- Temporary lodging assistance (short to medium term lettings)
- Installation assistance by our technicians and specialists
- Schooling Services
- Search of the best schools in the area according to needs
- Planning and organization of visits of the preselected schools
- Enrolment assistance and follow-up
- Moving and Import Services
- Search of the best moving company according to the expatriate’s country of origin
- Complete logistics
- Import / Custom declarations and clearance management
- Household belongings
Friends of our's are leaving to go back to Australia (that's the LIFE) and are selling the content of their house... So instead of it sitting on Facebook, we wanted to do a remote House Clearance with you all.
Vintage furniture, lamps, tables, beds, bikes, surfboards, skateboards, snowboards and more...
Here's the link, contact Haydn who's number is in the "About" section of the page or send a mail to the Facebook page and we will forward it to him!
Happy bargain hunting!!!
Some examples below but more on the FB page
This past Saturday and Sunday (the 12th and 13th of September), the Hossegor Casino played host to Hossegor’s very first tattoo convention. Everyone from tourists to families to locals, tattooed or not (although un-decorated skin was the heavy minority) was there.
Thanks to the Casino for putting this up, and let’s keep Hossegor and Les Landes weird!!!
For reasons unknown, tattoo parlors and barber shops fit together perfectly. Be it the connection with the aesthetic, be it that it that (originally) they were both almost exclusively for men, be it the more morbid side of razors and bloodletting, or be it their affinity to the old. The Asylum Tattoo shop is a shining example of this.
In the blue and white adorable-ness of Capbreton, The Asylum Tattoo shop stands out. On the façade, their logo (an imposing black, horned stag beetle) projects onto the street. Inside, the décor is minimal, warm and natural, yet somewhat freakish. One finds picture of carnival sideshows, (fake) mounted skulls as trophies, and displays of Ouija boards and tarot cards. In the corner of the tattoo area, a barber pole is mounted on the wall, delineating the barber shop within the business. High ceilings and large windows contradict the shadows by introducing the beautiful Aquitaine sun, and everyone in the shop greets you like an old friend.
In fact, the three owners are old friends themselves (although more specifically, the tattoo artist and the piercer are together). They’re all Strasbourg (Alsace) transplants, and they chose Les Landes as the perfect spot for their new business.
What makes the Asylum Tattoo Shop so unique is how much effort has been put into it for it to be the best: the work is great and the standards are high. In other words, it’s obvious that Thomas (the tattoo artist), Marine (the piercer) and Gianni (the barber) are all geekishly obsessed with tattoos, piercings, and hairdressing: it’s what they do best, and they love it.
Marine, the lilac-haired piercer, answered some of my questions about the Asylum Tattoo shop.
RAE: Your business is one of the most well-thought out / original parlors that I’ve ever seen. Did you get your inspiration from any particular shop?
MARINE: Thank you ! We wanted the shop to be like a cabinet of curiosities, without it being too morbid or off-putting. We’re all really interested in everything bordering on the esoteric and the world of freaks (carnies, human monsters, and old-style sideshows). […] This is all what gives life to the shop. It may seem frightening, but we’ve had a lot of positive feedback as far as the decoration goes!
RAE: You’ve hinted at how you all (you Thomas, Gianni, Lisa) all best friends / together. How long have you known each other for?
MARINE: Tom and I (Marine) know each other and have been together for more than seven years and we met Gianni about five years ago. We all got close really quickly, and today we all make a really good team! Three lunatics working together…it’s a sight to see!
RAE: Can you tell me the story behind your logo, the stag beetle?
MARINE: The story behind the stag beetle is really funny! A lot of friends told us about this little insect that would attack surfers as they came out of the water, but we never imagined that we’d one day see a creature that size (especially given the size of its horns)! After we actually did see one and having had a good scare, we decided it would be our logo!
The day of the inauguration of the shop, I was walking my dog and I was lost in thought, really focused on how I’d love to find one (already dead, obviously) to show it in the shop. Five seconds later, I looked down and I found one! I don’t know if it was a coincidence but she’s brought us good luck up to now! Knock on wood for it to continue !
RAE: I noticed that you’re right next to a high school. I also know that sometimes people who want to get tattooed can be a bit…well….under the influence. Have you ever had any problems with having to turn away curious teenagers or persistent drunks?
MARINE : We’ve had some people who come in who are..well…a bit F**d up, but nothing too crazy. We try to be as welcoming as we can, in all circumstances! Within reason, of course, you know? We don’t tattoo or pierce people who are under the influence of alcohol or other illicit substances!
RAE : It looks that once a month you have a party. Can you tell me a bit about it?
MARINE : Exactly ! Once a month we organize a “full moon party,” for each full moon (as the name indicates). At that time, we have expos and shows for local artists (painters, photographers, jewelers, etc). Two of the walls are left open, and the expo lasts a couple months. After the showing, we have apero, food, and good times! Often, the evenings end around a beer pong table for the more motivated of our guests – fun guaranteed!
The next full moon party will be Monday, September 28th!
Heads Brewery wants to Party on Saturday
DJs, live music, lots of partying and fresh BEER.
Heads Beach Brewery, Saturday 29th August from 6pm onwards.
Aie aie AIE in Hossegor
Public displays of latino dancing. On Le Centrale esplanade in Hossegor. Days and nights, come shake your booty.
4th to 6th September, more info here
DJS and party at the water parc Labenne
Sunday 30th August, be party of the crowd and head down to Pool and House party at the Aquatic Parc in Labenne which will be privatised for the occasion. Splish splash splosh.
Sandra, Jacques and the All Good family warmly welcomed us all into the small hours whilst we sipped on our Woll Beer merrily. It's great to have venues like this all locals and visitors of all ages and horizons can come to and just chill. Hope the next one comes round again soon.
Skull Candy ramp comp at Heads
on the 14th and 15th August, Skullcandy comes to our fave Heads Beach Brewery for a mini ramp competition. €2500 prize money
Friday 14th August:
14h Opening mini-ramp (Open)
19h30 Best Tricks Open Electric #trick4trick
21h30Live music with TITANIC supported by Volcom
Saturday 15th August:
11h Opening Mini-Ramp (Open)
16h Close of mini ramp (only invitational riders)
Training per heat. 24 riders (6 heats of 4 skaters)
21h30 Stay Loud in Concert
All Good and cafe racer heaven
Sandra and Jacques have invited Resilients films to view their new documentary on custom cafe racer bikes and the world around them at All Good next week. For lovers of vintage bikes, good music with Laters Club and The Dedicated Nothing and excellent Mexican style food trucks.
When: 20th August at 7h30pm
Where: All Good Store, 33 avenue des Tisserands, 40150 Soorts Hossegor
Beach Bash at Coolin
When: Tonight 13th August at the Coolin, Beach Bash numero 3. Live DJs and lots of atmosphere.
Where: Coolin à la Plage, La Centrale, Hossegor
Pop Up Designers are BACK
Bangus, Mersea People and other gorgeous local creators offer a 10% discount on their items at the Pop Up Store in Hossegor town. We like and we know that nobody will have the same!
When: Saturday 14th August from 6pm tp 9pm
Where: Pop Up Store, 40 Place Pasteur, 40150 Hossegor
Our local skateboard brand Collapse is organising it's own sunset skate showdown at La Centrale on Hossegor beachfront tonight. Come see some awesome skaters ride it out until only one's left standing.
Great venue, come support Collapse and the skaters from 7pm onwards.
I met Georges by wandering into his new business, Les Caprices de Romane, while he was in the process of setting it up. Being new to the area, I had no idea that he actually already owned a long-standing shop in downtown Hossegor, Les Glaces Romanes. Even still, Les Caprices de Romane is quite different from its predecessor. Les Glaces Romanes is a quick stop to get ice cream and then go to the beach; Les Caprices was built for people to spend hours sitting in its couches. Les Glaces Romanes is full of hand painted signs, hip surf-throwback décor, and bright colors; Les Caprices is more subdued, equipped with piles of books, typewriters, gramophones, board games, old barber chairs, an old-world tea room setup, even an antique rocking horse.
There are even more differences still. Les Caprices de Romane is closer to an actual dessert restaurant (serving crepes, waffles, smoothies, milkshakes, fruit juice, even açaï creakfast bowls). Moreover, the idea behind it is to host workshops, art exhibitions, even small concerts and plays! As Georges told me: “I’d like people to be able to discover this place, and that everyone bring a bit of themselves: it’s really open to everything.” Recently, I got to learn more about the bizarre little café and about Georges himself.
Rae: How did you get into making ice cream?
Georges: Circumstances, really. I met people who were in the trade; I love photography and traveling, and this job allowed me to do so. I’ve been an artisan ice cream maker since 1993. I started in Marseille, and after having done some years on La Cote d’Azure, I came here in 2005.
R: And why did you come here?
G (without hesitation): For the quality of life.
R: What do you love about making ice cream?
G: I’m a perfectionist when it comes to quality: I love making good ice cream. Honestly I think that if I made pizzas, they would also be the best. I think my passion is less the ice cream itself, and more doing things well. My passion is doing things passionately.
R: I have to admit that when I walked in, the first thing that struck me was that enormous painting of a sleeping baby on the wall…I just now realized that there’s actually a second one, as well. Where did you even find them?
G: My wife’s mother is in the antique business and she found them in an old house. It’s said – and this I don’t know for sure, it’s not verified at all – they’re supposedly Michelangelo reproductions. This remains to be verified, though!
R: And last, a question you probably never get asked. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
G: I keep it simple, and I keep it classic. I like vanilla!
So there you have it, folks. This is your friendly hide-away from the chaos of downtown, your comfortable couch for when you’re hungover, and the perfect venue to teach people…well…anything you want!
Facebook page here
Wednesday Jam Sessions at the Coolin
What a great idea. Bring your instrument and voice and play your hearts out.
Where: Le Coolin a la Plage, La Centrale, Hossegor
When: in August 5 Wednesday 10 Monday 19 Wednesday 26 Wednesday from 10pm onwards
Open Mic at Heads Beach Brewery
More rock n roll than Karaoke, get your vocal talents noticed tonight at Heads Bar with some home made beer to sooth the chords.
Where: Heads Beach Brewery, 4 Place des Bourdaines, Seignosse
When: from 8pm onwards
Binary at the Casino
The venue goes to Hossegor Casino Sunday 16th August. Come listen to some live DJ sets and take advantage of the unique casino setting.
Where: Casino Hossegor - 40150 Soorts-Hossegor, Aquitaine, France
When: Sunday 16 August from 3pm to 10pm
and don't forget last week's What's on that has info on the week ahead too!