Living in the Loire-Atlantique

Roger moved to France for health reasons after being injured in an accident in the UK, he now lives in the Loire-Atlantique.

Loire-AtlantiqueWhat made you move to France and how long have you lived here?
I was injured in two accidents, the first being to my back, an industrial injury, the second due to the fact that as a result of the first I was doing something else that I was qualified to do and due to concealed government information, was badly burnt. It was suggested that my back would be of less pain and suffering in a dryer warmer climate, with less pollution.

The doctors information was correct, we live in the Loire-Atlantique and after 10 years for most of the year lead a normal life, where as in the UK I would be in bed from September/October thru to May.

Which part of France do you live in, and what's it like to live there?
I spent 5 years doing research before we came and now live in 44 (the Loire-Atlantique). It is one of the richest departments, it is one of the warmest, fairly low in pollution, no payeages to speak of, nice scenery, easy to get to the UK, get UK TV without hassle, and many other things as well.

I already knew 22 and 35 and had done for many years and I knew about the effect of the "Rennes Hills" so was not too surprised with the research outcome.

We live in a quiet village with little traffic, the farmers are on the whole very nice and we get on with our neighbours. Little stress, good roads (Loire-Atlantique) good weather mainly, not a place for those that like hurley burly city life et al.

Do you have children, if so how easy was it for them to adjust to a French school?
My eldest was 18 and opted to stay in the UK, my youngest was 13 and wanted to come, she is now a bus driver, has a daughter of her own with their own house etc, would she go back to the UK, emphatically no.

Open quote. Interviewee gives their moving to France tips Make sure medical is THE first non house thing you do! Close quote

What is your age?
I'm 65.

Where were you born?
I was born in Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

What was the worst mistake you made when buying in France?
I never had any problems, doing the research before hand made a difference.

Your best tip or advice to other people considering moving to France?
Make sure medical is THE first non house thing you do!

Did you find it hard to integrate or adjust to your new life in France and do you have any tips to help others?
We never had any problems apart from some school masters /staff think they are gods gift. We were told to look out for that by no other than a French school teacher. It was again reiterated by another, a head master.

What's the best thing about living in France?
Multiplicity of things, quiet roads, quieter life lack of pollution (we can see the milky way, some nights its just fantastic).

And the worst?
Speed cameras, speed cameras, prices, speed cameras, tailgating, paperwork, dogs running loose, shops shutting early, everything closed on Sundays, all restaurants closed at night and during August (holiday makers take note). And of course speed cameras.

You must ignore all traffic, only look at your speedo, I have been done 2 times, both times in a line of traffic supposedly doing the limit.

I was also done in a vintage diesel land rover that would not do the speed quoted however there is no appeal!!!
Note about the internet, you stand a good chance of being conned, there is not enough space here to describe all the rip offs and cons.

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