“I never tire of looking out my window, seeing the centuries-old buildings, and wondering about the people who lived here before us,” says Holly Kurzman, who moved from San Francisco to Pézenas six years ago. Holly and her late husband Chris had long contemplated moving to Europe, but began seriously eyeing France shortly after Chris retired. “We were fed up with the rat race and cost of living in...
It’s a warm Friday night, and my local fromagerie (cheese shop) is packed. I glance around the mobbed shop with an expert eye— it’s going to be at least a 10-minute wait unless someone gets impatient and walks out. But I know that this is unlikely...
Nice, France is a place often considered synonymous with dazzling wealth and a lavish, champagne-soaked lifestyle—and there’s good reason for this. From the 19th century until about World War II, this was the legendary winter playground of well-to do expats.
Dreaming of retiring in France? I’m not so sure that’s a great idea. There are many potential problems that can arise from living here—issues that you’d probably never considered before. The arguments that can arise! The hidden costs!
I work in Paris, France with plenty of free time to explore this amazing city with my kids, because of my career. As a copywriter, I work about five hours a day, three or four days per week, and I can think of no better place to live. “Hey look Mama! It’s the Eiffel Tower!”“Hey look Mama! It’s the Eiffel Tower!”
You might think that spending winters on the Mediterranean sounds like a dream. That’s what “they” want you to believe. But the truth is, winters on the Med are the stuff nightmares are made from. Don’t believe me?
If you want to relax in a more natural setting, then act like the locals and head to the grassy slopes of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in Paris’s Belleville quarter. Here, amid the laughing children and hand-holding couples, you’ll find massive, slanting trees.
"You live in France? Oh, you’re so lucky. I wish I could live in France.” Ever since I moved to Paris over 14 years ago, I’ve heard variations of these three phrases hundreds of times. Often the phrases are said lightly and I know the speaker has no strong desire or intention to move to France; it’s simply another way of saying that they really like France.
Countless people dream of retiring in France—and for good reason. France offers a seductive blend of old-world sensibilities and modern living, all wrapped up in one beautiful package. While it’s true that most people don’t retire to France to save money, life here can nonetheless be surprisingly affordable.
Although less in the public eye than its swanky neighbor, Provence, the Languedoc has just as much to crow about. Nestled between the Pyrenees and Cevennes mountain ranges and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, the Languedoc is a wonder to behold. The region offers some of the most diverse and intense landscapes you’ll see in France, ranging from violet-blue lavender fields to dramatic rocky gorges and waterfalls, to flat marshlands dotted with pink flamingoes.