Well, for me, the answer to that is currently ‘no’ – hence this blog. And, if you are here (rather than ‘there’ already), I suspect you, like myself, have at least entertained the thought that a move to France might be something you would contemplate. This kind of day dreaming is, of course, very common – perhaps inspired by that perfect overseas holiday (for me, a couple of recent holidays in the Midi Pyrenees) and exposure to lots of ‘lifestyle’ type TV that encourages folk by showing the happy, smiley version of how such a move might work out. Ahh, bliss….
Now, I’m all for a certain amount of rose-tinted fantasy time – line up the ‘move to France’ fantasy alongside the one where, on a single day, you win the Lottery, find your favourite film star outside your front door desperate for a cup of tea and discover that you have suddenly developed a superpower that reverses the ageing process – idle mulling of your own personal unbridled pleasure is good for the soul. Except, of course, when it comes to relocating to France, thousands of perfectly normal folk have already ‘been there, done that’ and are proudly wearing the t-shirt, so it can be done and it can become a reality that works.
So, assuming you want to see past the pure fantasy and that perhaps, just perhaps, you are keen enough to want to know more about the reality – the good, the bad and the possibly quite ugly – how do you move to France? What are the pros and cons of such a move? What are the practicalities of relocating? How do you transition from enjoying that two week holiday to living an everyday life within French society? Hopefully, my own journey to discover if and how such a move might work will also be of use to you. Let’s find out…..