The Pros And Cons Of Moving To France
For many, a move to France is a dream come true; and it’s easy to see why. France offers a complete change of lifestyle while still being within easy access to the UK. If you are planning a move to France there are some cultural changes you should be aware of. However, there are ups and downsides to any relocation so here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of moving across the English Channel.
The French take a one to two hour lunch break during the normal working day before shutting up shop at around 7pm. This slower pace of life may take some getting used to if you are accustomed to the 24/7 frenetic life of the UK. Sundays are a day of rest and there’s great emphasis on family get togethers. The sense of community is more pronounced in France and it’s a great way of socialising with others and feeling part of something.
There’s a wide range of accommodation choice, be it a Parisian apartment or an old country farmhouse. However, many properties are very old and aren’t equipped with modern energy efficient solutions. If you are planning to rent, be aware that many ‘unfurnished’ properties don’t even include a kitchen.
From bustling cities to undulating countryside, stunning beaches or mountains: France has it all. The South offers up to 300 sunny days a year to enjoy.
Food And Wine
Local markets offer the freshest produce and excellent wines to choose from. All communities have boulangerie stores selling fresh bread, meats, cheeses and pastries. Even school children are served a multi course, healthy lunch during the school day.
France has excellent transport facilities with well-maintained roads and easily accessible public transport. The education and healthcare systems are among the best in the world.
Expect long queues, mountains of paperwork and forms to fill in. It’s part of French life and just something you’ll have to grin and bear.
Cost Of Living
VAT is added to almost all goods and services so even the basics such as food, fuel and clothing are notoriously expensive.
You’ll be expected to speak french so if you’re not bi-lingual, it can be tedious at times. However, if you’re yearning for a bit of British culture then you can have the best of both worlds: embrace the french lifestyle while still enjoying your favourite UK TV shows.
For information on UK TV in France contact SkyFrance.tv to see what packages are available.