Print Posted By Lost in France on 14 Nov 2010 in Real France - Expat Interviews

Life among the Vines in Languedoc

After meeting the loveliest girl in the world Miles packed in his job and moved to France.

The Canal du MidiWhat made you move to France and how long have you lived here?
I moved to France after meeting The Loveliest Girl In The World. Five months after meeting her I had jacked in my job in Bristol, rented the house out and flown over with a bag of clothes. That was 18 months ago, and although it has not been a smooth ride, I don't regret it at all.

Which part of France do you live in, and what's it like to live there?
Bang in the middle of the biggest vineyard in the world, the Languedoc-Roussillon region, very close to the Canal du Midi. Moving to the highest unemployment area of France in a recession has it's challenges but it's an amazing part of the world, with no pretensions, just very happy in it's own skin. The wine is pretty good too...
What is your age?
I'm 46.

Where were you born?
Weston Super Mare

Open quote. Interviewee gives their moving to France tips Learn French and if you can afford it, get a bureaucracy specialist on your side. Close quote

Do you work, if so what do you do and how difficult was it to find work or start a business in France?
Starting a business was relatively easy, keeping the subsequent paperwork straight is a little more of a challenge. I'm registered unde the Auto Entrepreneur scheme for various things, including Agent Commerciale and IT

What was the worst mistake you made when buying in France?
Have not bought yet. May do all being well next year, I'll have to see how the UK housing market goes.

Your best tip or advice to other people considering moving to France?
Plan plan plan, research research research. Learn French and if you can afford it, get a bureaucracy specialist on your side.

Did you find it hard to integrate or adjust to your new life in France and do you have any tips to help others?
Even if you don't speak French, keep a pocket phrasebook around and make an effort. It's ALWAYS appreciated.

What's the best thing about living in France?
The ambiance is so much more chilled than the UK, kids can play in the street, the boulangerie opens at 6.45 even on a Sunday morning, strangers will have a chat about anything and everything, all so friendly in general.

And the worst?
The general lack of work and the paperwork!

What do you think?

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