My partner (EU National) and I (U.S. citizen) are considering moving to France in the immediate future from the US and looking at different regions of France. The main reasons we decided on France are: plans to have a family in a country with a high quality of life–education, health care, and community. My partner plans to continue working in the tech sector and I am considering running a chambres d’hotes and gites in the future.
We have visited France in 2018 for two months to get a better sense of where we would like to live: small towns/villages vs. cities. The feeling of community from our experience is stronger in smaller towns/villages and people tend to be friendlier whereas in tourist areas not so much.
From reading prior posts, learning French is essential. So, I have committed to learning French in the interim with Rosetta Stone and Duolingo until college French courses open up for enrollment and joining a local women’s club with a group of fluent French speakers who meet monthly.
One of things we used to help us narrow down the regions to our preferences is the climate map: http://www.city-data.com/forum/weather/2792866-climate-map-france.html. We prefer a region with warmer climate with a good balance of rainy days in the mid-north western region; not hot like in Southern France or cold in the Northern France and Eastern France.
Currently looking at Fontenay-le-Comte, Bessac (Poitou-Charente region), Pay de la Loire and Centre regions.
May I ask those who have lived or is living in these areas to share your personal experiences and/or advice? Also, what is the current socioeconomic status of these areas? (It’s been tough using Google to retrieve such information and thought SurviveFrance would be the most effective)