Monday, June 17, 2013

JARNAC ON THE MOVE



It seems that spring and early summer has brought a hive of activity to town. New underground works to be done for an improved sewer system, the market being demolished for a new and better space, more and more "SOLD" signs on houses that were on the market.
And lots and lots of renovation going on in town.

I am not sure if this is an annual spike in rural France, or if finally some of that Cognac money is trickling down to the locals. After all, 2,5 billion US$ of annual (mostly export) sales, but if you walk around Cognac or neighboring strongholds of this industry, you would not know it. 
I have heard from numerous people, both locals and expats, that the Charentaise people don't like to flaunt their hard earned cash for fear of taxation. apparently throughout history, this area has been a target on numerous occasions. Well. I understand that.  Socialists in Paris may just invent another tax to grab a larger share.

So it is exciting to see smaller projects underway, renovated facades, old townhouses being converted into rental apartments and new businesses opening up. 


QUITE A FEW SOLD SIGNS

A RENOVATION PROJECT....


SOLD!

PROPERTY ACQUIRED!

RENOVATION ON THE OUTSIDE

AND ON THE INSIDE

STILL WAITING FOR PERMISSION

A NEW FAMILY MOVING IN

PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT

REDOING THE SEWER SYSTEM

THE OTHER PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT, A NEW MARKET

THE RENOVATED HOTEL LIGARO

A NEW NAIL STUDIO

SADLY, THIS BAKERY SHUTTERED

NICE RENOVATION

OUR "RENOVATED" DOOR

AND ISABELLA'S TUB

IN HER OWN BATH ROOM



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