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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

 idun wrote:



I never wanted to live near any other english and I knew where many were in my region. Firstly, I had moved to France, and IF I had lived near other english people, reckon that I could have taken the easy route by not making an effort to learn french, I knew of some who did just that, could hardly speak a word after years. So that was my guiding force, why move to France to be near other british people..... better to stay at home as far as I was concerned.


Spot on!  There is one other couple in our village from the UK but I have only spoken to them once in the 2 or so years they have lived here.  I don't deliberately avoid them, just have never had occasion to strike up a conversation and they live at the other end of the village.

I came to France specifically to learn French and to learn about their way of life.  As you say, why move here, if you are only going to be speaking English and doing all things English?

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

I have to add, that IF we ever moved back, and par hazard ended up living very near a few of the people on here, I would be very happy about that. Because I already like them on here, and have no reason to believe that I would not in real life!!!!!

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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

Now, I have noticed on forums that it is sport scoring if you claim to live in a in a French village that does not have any Brits.

Why is that then ? What's wrong with the British ? Do they smell ? Of chip fat ? LOL.

There are thousands of British around here apparently....out in the sticks. Never met any mind you. Apparently, the boulangerie down the road has a Scottish bloke working there/owns it ????. His boulangerie is to far to walk to so I go to the other one. It is not that I don't like the Scottish it is just that I'm lazy.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

Guess what, I feel like a change of scene so I am off next weekend, walking with French friends and staying in a gite.  So, where do you think I might be going to?

Why another part of the Dordogne, of course!  Good weather forecast and I haven't walked for any distance on account of illness so I am raring to go!  Don't know if it's near Eymet though, ALBF.  Will go and look at a map............Big Smile [:D]

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

.Chancer wrote:
As an (un)genuine person I can honestly say that where I live is not the best!
Someone has to live in these places though.

I agree with your comment Chancer. but your choice of where to live was a commercial one, not a lifestyle choice.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

 NickP wrote:
I agree with your comment Chancer. but your choice of where to live was a commercial one, not a lifestyle choice.


Since when was being a réparateur or a hôtelier not a lifestyle choice?

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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

 NickP wrote:
.Chancer wrote: As an (un)genuine person I can honestly say that where I live is not the best! Someone has to live in these places though. I agree with your comment Chancer. but your choice of where to live was a commercial one, not a lifestyle choice.

 

If only I could claim credit for having made a shrewd commercial choice Nick, it was a lifestyle choice in that I wanted to get away from my previous consumerist life and also to get away from where I was living/socialising, had I remained I may have ended up in prison, I virtually gave away a successfull business in order to leave, the commercial choice would have been to remain. I was setting off travelling and had I not found my destiny during that time I was going to return to this part of France to try my luck, I knew someone here and I had a vague promise of a job offer as a welder/fabricator in a factory, I had percieved a lifestyle here through my rose tinted lenses that could not be further than the actuality.

 

Just before leaving I happened apon my place by chance (or destiny), it was very cheap and I love a challenge so I snapped it up without even thinking, within 15 minutes we were with the Notaire signing away my future, on returning some 15 months later I had no idea of how to eventually exploit the building, the besta dvice then was to do long term unfurnished rentals to local people as there was a drastic shortage, I met someone doing just that with an identical place and he had never had a day without rent, whenever an appart was vacated he had 40 people vying for it, the only sensible thaing that I did was to keep an open mind and my options open, the rest has been sheer fluke.

 

And yes, to do what I currently do and remain sane has to be a lifestyle choice, shame it wasn't mine Sad [:(] there are plenty of easier ways of making a commercial success.


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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

@ Nicky P

Why do the majority of Brits/British/Expats/immigrants...call them what you like....move to France for a lifestyle choice/change ? In that respect, what are they looking for. Most threads on French expats forums are about the doom and gloom in France. Have they made a mistake in their lifestyle choice ???

Still don't get the Dordogne thing. I don't get the whole British moving to SW France thing.

I just don't get it. !!!!! I JUST DON'T GET IT !!!!

WHY ? What is wrong with the East of France ? Oh hang on, not many British live there !!! Do the British just waht to live with the British in France ???

Sorry for my little rant. I JUST don't bloody get the SW and Dordogne thing.

It does bug me to be fair.

P.S...sorry Mint. We just need to get to the bottom of this bizarre British behaviour.
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