New dating site in France

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ADVERTISER FEATURE An expat’s experiences of the French dating scene leads her to set up a unique site for those looking for love across the Channel

For more details and to register, click on the link at the bottom of the story

For more details and to register, click on the link at the bottom of the story - Credit: Expat dating

Dating is fun, but an experience unlike any other! And it can seem somewhat daunting if, having moved to France , you are going through the whole process in another language and another culture. This is what Katie May, a Brit living in Provence, discovered. And it is her experiences as an expat in the French dating scene that led to her setting up a new internet venture – expatdatingfrance.com/

“I started on-line dating with some degree of nervousness,” Katie recalls. “My friend’s daughter had met a lovely chap through a UK site and they wanted to see me as happy as she so clearly was. I admit that I had reservations but once I started telling people what I was doing, I heard stories of friends and acquaintances who had already met their partners on-line.”

Once started, Katie happily admits that it became a bit of an obsession. “Having felt despondent in the past at my solitary state and almost giving up on the idea of meeting someone, I suddenly felt full of hope,” she says. “And it did my self esteem a lot of good! It was such fun to receive messages and visits to my profile. I really enjoyed it. There were men of all sorts of backgrounds and interests. They were mostly French and one English expat with whom I had lots of chats and silly jokes.

“I went on dates! It was nerve-racking. I felt like a giddy schoolgirl, anxiously trying on different outfits, overdoing eye make-up and spraying on my best perfume. I haven’t dated since I was in my teens which was so long ago I can barely remember it. It was surreal and exciting and far removed from my usual everyday life.”

However, while Katie says that the dating game brought a sparkle to her life, she didn’t meet that special some-one. “I realised that despite my enthusiasm and enjoyment, there was something not working,” she says. “It was the chats with my expat chum that provided the key. I missed the humour and shared culture from home. I could tell a joke or pass a comment that needed no explanation. I could be spontaneous, silly, soppy or downright stupid in my own language.

“So I looked around for a dating site designed for like-minded people – people like me – who have settled here from abroad. I couldn’t find a site that was aimed at kindred spirits – expats, nomads – those of us who are uprooted and abroad. A friend suggested I start one, so I did!”

Katie started setting up the business alone, her background in finance held her in good stead, though she quickly realised that she had to find technical expertise. Almost as a metaphor for romance itself, Katie says that: “Gradually ‘I’ became ‘we’, as a team of people with a range of experience in web design, advertising and technical know-how got together to build an idea into a reality. It’s taken a huge amount of research and resources and it has been a real challenge, but we’re loving it. For the moment my own search is suspended, but who knows, anything could happen. This may be the key to my future – and yours too!

expatdatingfrance.com/

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