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Interviews

Linda Alaniz-Hornsby, Biot (near Nice)

"We have many French friends, however all of them are either married to expats or have traveled and lived abroad" (L A-H, March 2011)

  • Interview with Linda Alaniz-Hornsby

    What is your name, age and how long have you lived in Biot? Linda Alaniz-Hornsby, age 55, I’ve lived in Biot for 12 years.

    Why did you move there? We liked the location and the village.

    What is the area like? Beautiful, Biot is a small medieval village known for its artists. It’s filled with cobblestone streets and buildings dating back to the 14th century; it’s close to the sea, close to the mountains, close to the airport, Nice and Antibes.

    What nationality are you and your partner? I’m American and my husband is British.

    How many children do you have, what are their names and when were they born? We have two boys ages 12 and 15. Our oldest Liam was born in Israel, while working there. And Jean-Luc was born in Antibes.
    What was your experience of having a baby in Biot (if relevant)? The nearest hospital is Antibes and the experience was fine except I spoke no French at the time.

    Do you work and if so what do you do? I’m a free lance photographer.

    Did you buy or rent your property? How did you find the process? We rented for 3 years then bought a house. The process was relatively painless but took about 3 months.

    How well integrated would you say you and your family are? We have many French friends, however all of them are either married to expats or have traveled and lived abroad.

    What language do you speak to your children? English

    What is your impression of childcare and education in Biot? The early childcare was good. We found the local schools to be quite rigid and strict while lacking in encouragement or confidence building.

    What school do your children go to and have you been happy with your decision? Our kids now go to an international school called College L’Eganaude , then on to CIV. We are happy with our decision.

    What do you think are the main advantages and disadvantages of being a parent from the International Community living in Biot? Main advantages are providing our children with a bilingual education and understanding of the local culture. Main disadvantages are being far from our own parents and not getting to see them more often.

    How welcoming were the locals when you first arrived in Biot? Most of them were quite welcoming.

    Would you say your area is family-friendly and is there anything you think would improve children´s lives where you live? Yes, it’s family friendly.

    Are you able to recommend to other MumAbroad members in the area any local services (home delivery, plumbers, dentists, babysitters etc) or any activities, restaurants or shops for children in the area? My son babysits! Our next door neighbor is our plumber; we see a local dentist by the name of Florence Couret and are very pleased with her.

    What advice would you give for anyone having a baby or thinking of relocating to Biot with children? Go for it. Life is too short to stay in one place forever!

    What couldn’t you live without in Biot? My family and friends.

    What could you live without in Biot? Places closing for lunch.

    (March 2011)

     

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  • Interview with Linda Alaniz-Hornsby

    What is your name, age and how long have you lived in Biot? Linda Alaniz-Hornsby, age 55, I’ve lived in Biot for 12 years.

    Why did you move there? We liked the location and the village.

    What is the area like? Beautiful, Biot is a small medieval village known for its artists. It’s filled with cobblestone streets and buildings dating back to the 14th century; it’s close to the sea, close to the mountains, close to the airport, Nice and Antibes.

    What nationality are you and your partner? I’m American and my husband is British.

    How many children do you have, what are their names and when were they born? We have two boys ages 12 and 15. Our oldest Liam was born in Israel, while working there. And Jean-Luc was born in Antibes.
    What was your experience of having a baby in Biot (if relevant)? The nearest hospital is Antibes and the experience was fine except I spoke no French at the time.

    Do you work and if so what do you do? I’m a free lance photographer.

    Did you buy or rent your property? How did you find the process? We rented for 3 years then bought a house. The process was relatively painless but took about 3 months.

    How well integrated would you say you and your family are? We have many French friends, however all of them are either married to expats or have traveled and lived abroad.

    What language do you speak to your children? English

    What is your impression of childcare and education in Biot? The early childcare was good. We found the local schools to be quite rigid and strict while lacking in encouragement or confidence building.

    What school do your children go to and have you been happy with your decision? Our kids now go to an international school called College L’Eganaude , then on to CIV. We are happy with our decision.

    What do you think are the main advantages and disadvantages of being a parent from the International Community living in Biot? Main advantages are providing our children with a bilingual education and understanding of the local culture. Main disadvantages are being far from our own parents and not getting to see them more often.

    How welcoming were the locals when you first arrived in Biot? Most of them were quite welcoming.

    Would you say your area is family-friendly and is there anything you think would improve children´s lives where you live? Yes, it’s family friendly.

    Are you able to recommend to other MumAbroad members in the area any local services (home delivery, plumbers, dentists, babysitters etc) or any activities, restaurants or shops for children in the area? My son babysits! Our next door neighbor is our plumber; we see a local dentist by the name of Florence Couret and are very pleased with her.

    What advice would you give for anyone having a baby or thinking of relocating to Biot with children? Go for it. Life is too short to stay in one place forever!

    What couldn’t you live without in Biot? My family and friends.

    What could you live without in Biot? Places closing for lunch.

    (March 2011)

     

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