I lived in Brussels from 1982-88. In June 2005 Catherine was offered a post in European School 3 in South-East Brussels, which she accepted, so in July 2005 we made a reconnaissance visit - I was surprised how much I had forgotten in the 17 years I had been away. During that week-long stay we were able to find a villa that we liked, and signed a nine year lease. We lived in Brussels from 2005 to 2014 before returning to France.