Hello everyone. We've just joined the Network. Lovely to 'meet' you!
We're immediately in need of advice about where to base ourselves. We've travelled a lot through most of France and know where we don't want to be, and seem to have narrowed down where do we want to be to the area below Poitou-Charentes but above Carcassonne. We've been lucky enough to live rent-free for a while in a friend's house in the Gers region, close to Fleurance and Lectoure. It's been a fantastic way of getting a feel for French life,but we also don't think it's necessarily the right area for us. That's mainly because we're not in love with Toulouse, Auch or Agen, which would be our main towns.
So...we'd really welcome some ideas. Our wishlist would be countryside within reach of a decent town that has a bit of a buzz (not non-stop partying, but maybe a good arts and music scene). Access to trains would be wonderful, though it doesn't need to be on our doorstep!
We'd prefer not to be in a large ex-pat community and I'm confused about which parts of the Dordogne that does and doesn't apply to.
We're currently considering somewhere near Cahors, Montauban, Bergerac or even Bordeaux? The Limousin has always looked interesting, but not sure about Limoges?
It may be that there are areas we haven't even considered, so do share any ideas with us.