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Re: This is one for ablf

As opposed to the above negative reports, we've spent 17 wonderful years in rural France, but have decided to return for other reasons. We don't want to leave.
Whether you settle here depends on so many things, apparently time of life, and language skills.
Don't be too ambitious about the standard of living you want to achieve.

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Re: This is one for ablf

But, Ano, all that she complains about could have been totally foreseenStick out tongue [:P]

Seeing that her husband works in the media, TV and whatever else, did they not know enough to do some proper research before upping sticks to come to France?

Plus, if they'd researched the West Country, they could just as easily have moved there without detouring via France?

Shaking my head in disbelief...................

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
from Fle pour les curieux
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Re: This is one for ablf

 AnOther wrote:
Is it the closing chapter in this predictable tale ?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/8351968/Why-this-expat-said-au-revoir-to-the-French-dream.html

Yes that's Mel, was on FE and blogs quite a bit. Helped her with a pool pump issue. Actually a nice person, witty too.

"So if the expat life doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to move on, or move back. We have no regrets about going to France, or leaving, and we’ve found everything we were looking for... just much closer to home".
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Re: This is one for ablf

They clearly went for the Brit stereotypical moving to rural France thing. STOOOOOOP !!!!

What WERE THEY F****ing EXPECTING ?

ALBF gets in the neck all the time by telling folk not to do it like this. France offers a good life, but not how it is sold in British magazines and on UK telly. THIS CLICHE LIFE DOES NOT EXIST !!! It is make believe.

Sorry Leven....carry on selling your barns. LOL







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Re: This is one for ablf

<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>Théière wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4"><BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>AnOther wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">Is it the closing chapter in this predictable tale ?<br><br><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/8351968/Why-this-expat-said-au-revoir-to-the-French-dream.html">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/8351968/Why-this-expat-said-au-revoir-to-the-French-dream.html</a><br></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE><br>Yes that's Mel, was on FE and blogs quite a bit. Helped her with a pool pump issue. Actually a nice person, witty too.<br><br>"So if the expat life doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to move on, or move
back. We have no regrets about going to France, or leaving, and we’ve
found everything we were looking for... just much closer to home".</td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

Closer to home? I live in my home.
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Re: This is one for ablf

Yes, bit of a give away that phrase isn't it!
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Re: This is one for ablf

And I would say that similar things could happen to people in retirement who can no longer drive.

What do they do, if well off, get a taxi all the time. Or simply stay at at home.

 For those less well off, is it to put on others? Those that say, 'just say the word and I will do X Y and Z for you!, but that is rather like a friend just staying a couple of nights on the couch, when it turns into a week or a month.........wears thin, and gets award.

 And what about possible hospital visits, get the secu to pay for transport for very long journeys. AND no, I don't believe that having an S1 the old E121 was it, should be to cover someone's whim. (And I do look on this rather differently for someone who has lived a full life in an area, because that is really chez eux).  So for long distances, medical treatment is one thing, paying for someone's transport who chose to live far from the madding crowd is quite another. 









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Re: This is one for ablf

Which is one of the reasons why I from the beginning I decided to live in a sizeable town where all services and in particular medical ones are available  by bus.

One can criticise Béziers for many things, and I often do, but it is extremely convenient for all the everyday  needs of someone like me who is rather handicapped or someone else who is getting older.

From the start of my life in France I decided to live somewhere where there is no need for a car.
There is a similar issue when people buy a flat. A a Parisian friend of mine who is a sprightly  musician of 65 years old has just bought a flat here for her retirement, although at the moment she comes just for the holidays. But it is on the fourth floor without a liftWoot! [:-))] She is fine at it for now, but all it needs is a problem at the hip or knee, or a minor stroke which makes walking difficult, and the lovely views of the countryside which he has at the moment won't compensate for the practical difficulties.

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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