2002 Sanary purchase 
I returned to Sanary the following year to purchase the flat that Anne-Marie had located through a realtor.  With only two bedrooms, it was considered too small by most, had been rented on long-term leases and was for sale for for under US $100,000 (the dollar was worth 1.4 euros at that time).
I returned to Sanary the following year to purchase the flat that Anne-Marie had located through a realtor. With only two bedrooms, it was considered too small by most, had been rented on long-term leases and was for sale for for under US $100,000 (the dollar was worth 1.4 euros at that time).
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The ground floor was a dry-cleaning which produced a lot of noise and fumes during the day.  The establishment was shut by fire in June 2008.
The ground floor was a dry-cleaning which produced a lot of noise and fumes during the day. The establishment was shut by fire in June 2008.
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My brother and his wife arrived in the autumn to help me decorate.  The major sources were Ikea and thrift stores for used furniture.
My brother and his wife arrived in the autumn to help me decorate. The major sources were Ikea and thrift stores for used furniture.
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My brother found this cloak rack in our local Emmaus, a thrift store run by a Roman Catholic based charity.  It may have cost 35 euros; furnishing, decorating, painting (including purchase of all materials, drill, etc.) came to under 6,000 euros.
My brother found this cloak rack in our local Emmaus, a thrift store run by a Roman Catholic based charity. It may have cost 35 euros; furnishing, decorating, painting (including purchase of all materials, drill, etc.) came to under 6,000 euros.
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This clic-clac (a sofa-bed) from Conforama was the big ticket item, 10% of total cost.
This clic-clac (a sofa-bed) from Conforama was the big ticket item, 10% of total cost.
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Kitchen table and chairs came from a thrift shop; the yet-to-be-assembled butcher block rests in its Ikea box.  It took some hours to assemble as it did not fit properly and required a bit of additional drilling.
Kitchen table and chairs came from a thrift shop; the yet-to-be-assembled butcher block rests in its Ikea box. It took some hours to assemble as it did not fit properly and required a bit of additional drilling.
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The buffet was too large to get up the stairs.  After it was disassembled on the street, and carried piece-by-piece, I put it back together in the reverse order from how I had taken it apart.
The buffet was too large to get up the stairs. After it was disassembled on the street, and carried piece-by-piece, I put it back together in the reverse order from how I had taken it apart.
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assembly begins
assembly begins
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The finished product.  This is not Louis XIV, more like Francois Mitterrand.  I saw the identical piece at Conforama, priced new at 950 euros (assembly included), ten times what I paid.
The finished product. This is not Louis XIV, more like Francois Mitterrand. I saw the identical piece at Conforama, priced new at 950 euros (assembly included), ten times what I paid.
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