Print Posted By Lost in France on 11 Feb 2008 in Real France - Expat Interviews

From Turkey to the Languedoc

After living in Turkey for a few years Ann and her husband decided to move to the Gard in the Languedoc region of France.

Living in the Gard regionWhat made you move to France?
We left the UK in January 2001 to live in Turkey, but decided to move to France in 2003, Turkey not really coming up to our expectations. We had spent many happy holidays in France beforehand and we spoke the language, so it seemed the obvious choice, given that we didn't want to go back and live in the UK.

Which part of France do you live in?
We live in the Gard region of the Languedoc in a village between Arles and Nimes. We love it here - our French neighbours are very friendly and we have become close friends with a few of them. Add to that the fact that there are a couple of Ports de Plaisances nearby which have large British communities and it's pretty ideal.

Learn French, or at least try to acquire a little knowledge of it and get to know your neighbours.

What is your age?
I am 64

Where were you born?

Do you work?
I don't work, nor does my husband, although he's much in demand with the British community for computer advice!

What was the worst mistake you made when buying in France?
I don't think we made any mistakes, but with hindsight I wish now that we'd rented first and searched for a little longer. We had only a finite time at that point since we were still living in Turkey and we were keen to find somewhere quickly.

Your best advice for people considering moving to France?
As I've just said, give yourself a fair amount of time to choose and if necessary, rent a place in the area you want to buy.

Did you find it hard to integrate or adjust to your new life in France and do you have any tips to help others?
No we didn't find it particularly hard - after Turkey it was wonderful! My tip would be - learn French, or at least try to acquire a little knowledge of it and get to know your neighbours. If you like to get out and about and join in activities, join your local AVF (Accueil Villes de France).

What's the best thing about living in France?
The weather, the food, the wine and the health service. Also the fact that we have Nimes airport 15 minutes away with Ryanair's daily flights to the UK!

And the worst?
Nothing to do with France really, just the fact that the family are back in the UK.

What do you think?

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