Having often stated the negatives about France...a country I've enjoyed regular holidays in for the last 30 years or so, and have now lived in for the last 3 years, I thought it would be beneficial to think about what France has got; whatever made us decide to pack up a very comfortable life in the UK, and risk everything moving here. For us it was a mixture of so many things, the sheer beauty of the countryside; the pretty little villages; mountain ranges that can take your breath away; cities that seem so full of history and the preservation of the old buildings.
We have always enjoyed our food experiences in France, and made every effort to ensure our family, like most French families, ate our meals together and took time to enjoy them. In fact the way French families maintain a closeness so often missing in other countries. Lack of traffic jams so pleasant driving, and of course, the climate! Safer streets; cleaner streets; A sense of community;
Our holidays over the years have been spent in almost every Department of France. When we started to look at places with a view to moving permanently here, we made a list of preferred places...no less than 6 Departments in France; we were spoilt for choice.
We have a lovely home and garden here, and enjoy a much nicer climate that we were used to previously. There are elements I don't enjoy, and some things I find are done better elsewhere, but France is an amazing country. We have chosen to move back to the UK, personal preference as I wish to nurse and will never find employment here in my profession, but we are well aware that we have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to live here for several years (and if the housing market doesn't buck up, several more years!) It hasn't been a hardship to live here, on the contrary we have had many wonderful times and made some fantastic friends, including many on this website.
What was it about France that brought you here?