I knew nothing about Occitanie when I moved to France. It just happened to be the location of an apartment I could afford on a limited income. Nine years on, still living happily in the same small village, I've discovered that Occitanie has all the features that draw hordes of visitors to Provence, but it's less discovered, less touristy, and less expensive.
While it’s not a great idea to rent sight unseen, I’m grateful for the experience and what it taught me about the difference between my romantic notions of France and the realities of actually living here. Daily life abroad, like anywhere, has its challenges, but I came to France seeking something different. I found it and, quite honestly, I’ve never been happier.