We are both lovers of travel, and we’re doing it extensively even before we met each other. John is originally from Canada and Florence is from Paris, France. We met in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico back in the late 80s, raised two children, Jeff and Alison, who have since left to create their own lives in Canada and Portugal. That has freed us up with time to travel more outside of Mexico, most often back to Canada or Europe.
We usually spend the winter months in Puerto Vallarta where, until recently, we had had a small publishing business we stated in the late 80s and were involved in a number of other businesses during our time in Mexico, including a national travel magazine (which allowed us to visit most of Mexico) and a small hotel marketing and branding group, Mexico Boutique Hotels (which allowed us to visit and stay at more than a hundred hotels through the country). MBH was sold in 2011 so we are not as active visiting hotels in Mexico as we once were. But for ten years we travelled throughout Mexico to find new hotels for our collection, and approve (or disapprove) hotels wanting to be a part of the group.
We sold our publishing business in 2015 but continue to provide local real estate MLS service long distance (the first of its kind in Mexico and has been operating since 1989), although not involved in the day-to-day operations as we once were.
We recently bought an apartment in Lisbon, obtained our Portuguese residency, and plan to be in Portugal for the next few years or so.