10 REASONS NOT TO MOVE TO FRANCE
1 I don’t speak French well enough.
2 I get mixed up with the money. Will my pension, which is in sterling, get devalued in euros?
3 Our house is in rural France and there isn’t a bus service so we need a car even to get to the boulangerie and I don’t drive.
4 When we get decrepit and really old we’ll have to decide whether to move into town in France or come back to UK. The latter will be very expensive.
5 There are no decent takeaways, only pizza places and they can be very, very expensive.
6 There is only one Indian restaurant that we have found and it’s DREADFUL. Food not very good, service appalling. One visit was more than enough.
7 Tradesmen can be expensive and difficult. (There will be a later post in full detail.)
8 The banks won’t let you go into the red. This can be tricky!
9 It can be difficult to get some English type foodstuffs eg Marmite, red lentils etc. It’s easy in the Pas de Calais area because there’s a Tesco and a Sainsburys but if you live, as we do, in a totally French area then it’s much more difficult.
10 I miss Cheddar cheese and double Gloucester.