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Living France - - Editor's Letter - Vicky Leigh, Deputy Editor

The rea­sons for a move to France are many and var­ied. Some peo­ple head across the Chan­nel in search of sun­shine, and it shines nearly all year round in Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales. There’s a lot more to this south­ern­most depart­ment of France than sun­shine though, as you’ll dis­cover on page 20. Lo­cated be­tween the moun­tains and the sea, with rolling vine­yards and me­dieval vil­lages on the doorstep, it of­fers the best of all worlds, and for Wendy and John Davey it is prov­ing to be the per­fect lo­ca­tion (p28).

For oth­ers, a move to France brings with it the op­por­tu­nity to em­brace a change of di­rec­tion and try some­thing new. Set­ting up a mo­bile food van (and one serv­ing veg­e­tar­ian food at that) in a coun­try with a world­wide culi­nary rep­u­ta­tion was a risk, but it’s cer­tainly pay­ing off for one Bri­tish cou­ple who moved to PoitouChar­entes (p30). For Dutch cou­ple Monique and Harry, mov­ing to France meant swap­ping city liv­ing in Am­s­ter­dam for ru­ral gîtes in Tarn (p44), while for An­glo-Mex­i­can cou­ple Rachel and Car­los, it was the chance to set up their own cow­boy ranch in Gard (p36).

France’s af­ford­able prop­erty prices help many ex­pats make the dream of mov­ing a re­al­ity, and on page 50 we re­veal the places where you can buy a prop­erty for €100,000 or less. And if you are go­ing to be leav­ing fam­ily and friends be­hind, keep­ing in touch is sure to be high on your list of pri­or­i­ties – our ex­pert guide on page 82 ex­plains how to set up phone and in­ter­net con­nec­tions at your French home.

We’d love to hear what a move to France means to you, so please do get in touch and share your rea­sons with us.

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