My family and I are currently living in the French part of Switzerland and looking for a move in the new year. My husband has been invited to interview for a job in Mougins near Cannes and I am trying to establish if this is suitable move for us.
We have integrated in Switzerland - kids in local public schools fully bilingual, I speak french and husband’s job is in a Swiss institution which is 70% in french. We have friends here who are mainly but not solely international. The Swiss can be reserved when it comes to making friends but we do have friends not just connected to the ex pat circuit.
The reason for leaving Switzerland is for a new adventure - put bluntly we are bored! It is beautiful here but after 5 years we have done all that is realistically and financially accessible to us. We also would like our kids in an international school so that we have more options to move again in the future so now is a good point to make that transition.
I am concerned that moving to the south of France may give us more of what we already have here and not the adventure we are craving. We are kind of over the fact that everything here closes at lunchtime / on sundays and that options for eating out are either limited or out of budget.
My question is what would you say life is typically like for a middle income family in the area? Here we have to think twice about going out for dinner once a month because of the cost of the meal plus babysitter! We have one holiday a year and nothing fancy. The first couple of years in Switzerland we tried to make the most of what we had close access to but eventually a change of scene is needed.
If anyone has lived in Switzerland and can compare that would be amazing!
Any tips or pointers VERY much appreciated.