Living in France
Why Did We Move to France?
Life in London ws hard. The atmosphere where we lived had totally changed after 2008 and the collapse of Lehman Brothers. A lot of people in our area weere employed in the Square Mile, as I had been. The instability which followed the Lehman collapse left many families worried about their future. Our business had been based around these people and as they tightened their purse strings our bookings dropped to the point where we had to reassess our future.
The Advantages of French Living
1. Schooling. With two young boys, this waws a very important area for us to consider. The system in France was free and it had a very ood reputation for primary level.
2. Healthcare. The main difference between France and England is the pressure. In the United Kingdom the National Health System is under so much pressurethat it is crumbling. In France they have the time and capacity to offer the care which the British dream about.
3. The weather. Engliand is basically grey. It is very beautiful, but when it comes to the sunshine quote, it is seriously lacking. Since we are in the southern part of France we really have enjoyed the improvement in the weather.
4. GMO. France, like Germany is still GMO free. Unfortuantely Britain is heading towards further corruption of its food chain at a scary speed.
How Brave Are You?
Would you consider packing up and moving perminantly to another country?
The Disadvantages of France
I. Their driving. I love the French, but they do drive as if they are the oly car on the road. Hence when other cars appear there is a degree of chaos. Pavements are used as an extension of the road with little regard for pedestrians.
2. The paperwork. What can I say - French paperwork is legendary, even the French joke about it. A huge amount of people ar employed by the state, and when you comprehend the amount of paperwork required for even the simplest task you realise that they are probably all needed.
The Unexpected Bonuses
Kids get to be kids. Where we live there is not a lot of money and this means that families still look for cheap entertainment. Simple traditional outside games are still played. Once a child regualarly plays in the same place, others soon arrive to join in, before you know it you have a regular group of kids all doing some kind of outside activity. My eldest snake boards, he is the only kid in the town at the moment to do so, however, I think snake boards may be added to a lot of Christmas lists this year. The youngest has just had a birthday and requested roller blades, and they still have their scooters.
Like most French villages we have a market place in the centre of the town, which is only used one a week and when something is happening in the town. This has a nice smooth surface, perfect for kids and their wheels.
Why Go On Here?
For all the trials and tribulations I will never get board of the beauty of France. I walk as often as possible just to absorb this and make sure that I never take it for granted.
Every time I watch my kids playing and nattering away in French I realise that their life is blessed. Of course they would be just as beautiful, wonderful and intelligent where ever they were, but now they are bilingual and their is a freedom in their spirit which I do not think they would have found in London
Because France is Beautiful
Was Moving to France Easy?
I never thought it would be easy, but I had no idea just how hard it was going to be. The culteral differences, the language barrier, the isolation. I would never have understood before how overwhelming and destructive these could be.