We are both love to travel and were doing it extensively before we even met each other. John is originally from Prince Rupert, Canada and Florence 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 a publishing and marketing we’d started in the late 80s. We also at one point published a national travel magazine (which allowed us to visit much 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). For more 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, until the group was sold in 2011.
We sold our publishing business in 2015 but continue to provide local real estate MLS service for Puerto Vallarta, (the first of its kind in Mexico and has been operating since 1989), although we are not involved in the day-to-day operations.
In 2013 we purchased an apartment in Nice, France and spent six months of the year there until we sold it in 2018 and moved to Lisbon. We recently bought an apartment there, obtained our Portuguese residency, and plan to be in Portugal for the next few years or so.