Help with DIY home improvements and enjoy the French Riviera, Cannes, South of France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are easy-going, female and male and enjoy living in a friendly, convivial ambience. Cannes is an ideal coastal location for exploring the South of France, French Riviera. There is a lot to see and do in this region. (Please see further details for some examples). You will be able to walk to the beaches and Mediterranean sea and many other places. Cannes has approximately 300 sunny days a year. In Winter there is also sunshine.

    This is a cultural exchange and we love the opportunity of getting to know more about you and you can get to know more about us and the people in this area of France.

    Cannes and its islands are interesting to visit. You can walk to many places.
    In additional information, I have also listed a few various other interesting destinations easily accessible by close, public transport, train and bus station are less than10 minutes walk away, other buses less. Some you can do in half a day or in a few hours, some I recommend a full day. Some, see list are only €3 round trip. Some you can walk to. A 24-hour bus pass for Cannes covering a few close towns is only €4. €7 3 day pass. €13 7 day pass.

    There is lots to see and do in this region. As a day trip, you can also take a bus and go skiing in the winter season.

    Regarding most of the help and improvements and general maintenance that I need help with, I am unskilled and a woman and I have done in the past most of the improvements and maintenance myself I now wish to do.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Possibility of new skills regarding improvements and general home maintenance.
    We enjoy a variety of cultural topics and learning about one another's cultures.
    You will be very welcome as are all workaways to make and suggest your own traditional meals and food.
    Play various games etc . I have purposefully bought many games including games which no languages are required if you are worried about your language levels. We speak English Italian and French.
    As I have organised an easy schedule you will have plenty of time to immerse your self in the French culture.
    You will have the opportunity to visit Cannes and the surrounding areas by reasonably priced public transport. Cannes town centre and beaches are walking distance. Italy is just a 9o minute train ride away.

  • Help

    Help

    HELP DESCRIPTION
    This may be helpful so that you can evaluate if this is appropriate for you - regarding most of the help and improvements and general maintenance that I need help with. I am unskilled and a woman and I have done in the past most of the improvements and maintenance myself I now wish to do. For most of the tasks, if necessary I can explain and show you how to do them.

    If you have woodworking experience for only 2 of the tasks this would be a bonus.

    Unfortunately, I have cancer I am awaiting a clinical trial as the present clinical trial stopped working. I no longer have the same energy levels because of that treatment and various past treatments so I need your help.

    Help wanted
    1)General help around my place
    2) Do it yourself (DIY) type stuff. Some improvements and maintenance.
    3)Painting, varnishing
    The majority of the help regarding general maintenance and improvements you can be shown if you have not already done them before and they are not difficult to learn or do.
    3) Cleaning and Organising around my home.
    4) If you have woodworking experience for 2 of the tasks this would be a bonus.
    I can send further details of most of the different DIY tasks left to do, however having read the descriptions I have written of the different tasks they sound far more complicated than they are. It is much simpler just to point and show you.

    HOURS AND TIMES
    You must be flexible regarding your hours of help.
    25 hours divided over 5 days/ afternoons
    I have tried doing a schedule not forcing you to wake up too early.
    POSSIBILITY OF MORE FLEXIBILITY - If previously agreed your hours may be possible to be done at the beginning of your stay leaving you totally free to enjoy the rest of your stay.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A sort of temporary flatshare situation.
    Note most of the help is in the apartment (the top apartment ) and there are 44 steps to reach the apartment. The apartment is on the entire 2nd floor and the rooftop terrace is on the floor above. There is no elevator. Please note that there are presently no TVs in the bedrooms just in the living room.

    ACCOMMODATION IS PROVIDED
    FOOD IS INCLUDED. I can send you a further description of exactly what is included taking your dietary requirements into consideration.
    YOU CAN MAKE SANDWICHES FOR YOUR DAYS OUT ( saving you money)
    ON YOUR DAYS OFF IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH EASY FOOD OPTIONS SO THAT YOU ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO MEAL TIMES.
    INTERNET
    POSSIBILITY OF NETFLIX
    LOAN OF DVDs
    LOTS OF BOARD GAMES etc. TO PLAY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED

    To make your life easier and your luggage lighter I can also provide ( they will be left in the bathrooms for communal use):
    SHOWER GEL,
    BUBBLE BATH
    BASIC SHAMPOO
    LIQUID HAND SOAP
    TOOTHPASTE
    To make your life easier and your luggage lighter I can also LEND YOU A TOWEL.

    YOUR LINEN AND BEDDING IS PROVIDED so you do not need sleeping bags.

    WASHING MACHINE PRODUCTS are provided.
    There is an iron and ironing board.

    To make your life easier and your luggage lighter I have left in the bathrooms HAIRDRYERS that you can use.

    YOU HAVE NO BILLS TO PAY. Please be reasonable and turn off fans/airconditioning/ lights/ radiators and electrical appliances when not in use or when you are absent.

    AN AGREEABLE EASY GOING ENVIRONMENT

    DURING THE YEAR CANNES AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS HAVE MANY CULTURAL FESTIVITIES MOST WHEN HELD IN CANNES ARE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE, THE OTHERS ARE EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY BUS OR TRAIN. For those that enjoy walking, there are various places and trails to walk.
    There are many FREE activities or activities with a small participation or very reasonable price in Cannes.

    WALKING DISTANCE TO BEACHES, PROMENADE and TOWN CENTER, TRAIN STATION, BUS STATION.
    Very easy to walk around Cannes, visit Cannes Islands and to use public transport to see other interesting places.

    WALKING DISTANCE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND AMENITIES
    WALKING DISTANCE TO SHOPS
    WALKING DISTANCE TO LOCAL BARS/PUBS SOME WITH LIVE MUSIC, FRE ENTRANCE PUB PRICES AND SOME WHICH FEATURE TELEVISED SPORTING EVENTS 1 WHICH DOES KARAOKE.
    WALKING DISTANCE TO THE CINEMAS (English and French)
    WALKING DISTANCE TO BOULES COURTS ( Petanque) They are FREE.

    EASY ACCESSIBILITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MANY INTERESTING PLACES SURROUNDING CANNES see further details.

    N.B (NOTE) Food is included but you will be expected to contribute to its preparation and cooking etc. and although it will be paid for, on occasions you will be requested to do some shopping at a nearby supermarket or market. You are very welcome to suggest dishes. HELP WITH THE PREPARATION, COOKING AND SHOPPING AND CLEANING UP AFTERWARDS IS A COMBINED EFFORT AND IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR HOURS. I have many fun kitchen dining appliances, slow cooker, raclette, fondue, pancake maker etc. We can also use these.

    You will also have to contribute to keeping the communal areas of the apartment clean, it is a maximum of 1 hour every week. THIS IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR HOURS as we all want to live in clean surroundings.

    PHOTOS
    The bedrooms no longer have TVs. The only TV is in the lounge.
    The feature photo is of Cannes La Croisette. La Croisette is walking distance from my property as is the Palais de Festivals. There will also be other photos of Cannes including the medieval part ( old town ) called the SUQUET. Cannes Islands which are just an easy boat trip away €15 round trip to an island. There are 2.
    You can search for Cannes and see all the places to visit and all the easily accessible places to visit by public transport.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will be staying in Cannes and you can walk to most places from my apartment such as : Beaches, Palais des Festivals ( where the International Cannes Film Festival is held), town center, the historic old town LE SUQUET, LA CROISETTE, VILLA DOMERGUE , THE OLD PORT to see some superyachts etc. supermarkets , shops, restaurants, bars - including the reasonably priced live music bars , clubs, cinemas etc TRAIN STATION, BUS STATION.

    Cannes has a recreational nautical center, a dive center and dive school, a yacht club and much more.

    There is easy access to numerous sporting activities.

    Cannes is situated on the coast and is an excellent destination for exploring various other towns and areas as day trips

    The boat to go to Cannes Islands, Les Isles de Lerins .€15 return trip to your island of choice between 10 to 20 minutes each way. This can be a full day or half-day trip. Note one of the isles ST MAGUERITE has a fortress where the man with the iron mask was kept.

    Just some examples of day trips are:
    NICE, MONACO and MONTECARLO, VILLEFRANCHE, ST TROPEZ, EZE, CAGNES SUR MER, CROS DE CAGNES, BEAULIEU SUR MER, MENTON, VILLENEUVE LOUBET, ST RAPHAEL, FREJUS, THEOLE, TRAYAS, PORT GRIMAUD, ST MAXIME, ST PAUL DE VENCE, VENCE, ITALY- VENTIMIGLIA, SAN REMO etc.etc.
    All of the above destinations can be reached by public transport some as cheaply by bus €1.50 one way, ROUND TRIP €3. They can also be reached by train quicker or combination od train and bus. MARSEILLE and TOULON BY FLIX or OUI bus.


    Half-day trips examples:
    ANTIBES, GRASSE- Perfume capital, VALBONNE, SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, MOUANS SARTOUX, BIOT, VALBONNE, MOUGINS, VALLAURIS, JUAN LES PINS, GOLFE JUAN, MANDELIEU, LA NAPOULE, THEOLE, TRAYAS, LE CANNET ( historic old town) , Cannes La BOCCA, etc etc etc ALL of the places mentioned half day can be visited by bus €1.50 one way, ROUND TRIP €3 or quicker there is the train to many.

    Walking around Cannes half-day examples:

    LA CROISETTE ( palm-lined sea and beachfront promenade to PALM BEACH to MORUE ROUGE- nautical center. You pass beaches both public and private, 2 of Cannes CASINOS, various hotel palaces from "la belle epoch" ( the beautiful age), PORT CANTO - superyachts, MAL MAISON ART EXHIBITIONS - paid entrance most times for art exhibitions, square le 8 Mai, the rose gardens, a small skateboard area. etc On this walk there are often benches and chairs periodically placed.

    Le SUQUET, the historic town of Cannes, the very old church is there NOTRE DAME D'ESPERANCE (OUR LADY OF HOPE) there is a panoramic view, RAMPARTS, RUE ST SAVEUR the museo de la castre ( the fortress museum paid entrance most times).

    PARC LE CROIX DES GARDES

    VILLA DOMERGUE ( paid entrance most days)

    LE CANNET (HISTORIC TOWN- situated behind Le Cannet Town Hall).)

    PARC CARNOT

    VIEUX PORT - OLD PORT

    PORT CANTO ( newer port)

    CANNES LA BOCCA

    PALM BEACH

    VILLA ROTHSCHILD ( free entrance) It is now Cannes mediateque , a sort of library and is set in nice grounds. Sometimes there are FREE events held there, mainly music.

    PLAGES DE MIDI

    MARCHE GAMBETTA via rue Antibes and Rue Meynadier to Marche Forville - a market with a mixture of things clothes, shoes, food, accessories, gadgets it all depends upon the day. RUE ANTIBES- shoppers paradise nice to go window shopping, then RUE MEYNADIER - a quaint pedestrian road where you arrive from a side street to MARCHE FORVILLE the large fresh fruit, flower and produce market. You can continue to see the TOWN HALL and VIEUX PORT( old port) and LE SUQUET.

    Cannes has::
    MUNICIPAL TENNIS COURTS
    MUNICIPAL SWIMMING BATHS
    BOWLING
    POOL/BILLIARDS
    CINEMAS ( English and French)
    BARS/PUBS ( some with live music free entrance - pub prices)
    CLUBS
    LASER TAG
    VIRTUAL REALITY GAMES
    CASINOS
    BOULES COURTS ( PETANQUE) They are FREE
    ETC. ETC.

    There is lots to see and do in this region. As a day trip, you can also take a bus and go skiing in the winter season.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25h per week, divided over 5 days/afternoons.

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