Our Personal Story of Moving to France


Where we came from . . .

The first time I went to France was for a vacation in 1990. I had never been to Europe before, and I liked it very much. After that, we went back 2 or 3 times a year. I began to regret having to return, and for weeks after returning home was "homesick" for France.

Don't get me wrong. I'm an American and proud of it. I think I am just drawn to many subtle aspects of the French culture. I like the balance that exists in French life between work and family and self.

I like it that no one apologizes for taking a vacation or arranging their work week to have Wednesdays off to spend with their kids (who don't have school on Wednesdays).

I like it that everyone has the same good medical insurance coverage, that the public education system is excellent and free - from preschool even through university level.

I like it that "slow food" is much more common than "fast food".

I like it that the smallest village has its own mayor and its own identity, and is not just absorbed into suburban sprawl.

Of course there are things I don't like about France. Let's start with the "French administration" and the paperwork that must be filed for almost everything. Entrepreneurship is not easy in France - too much regulation. Lastly, people are not encouraged to take risks in France.

I promised our personal story, so back to that. The big pushes for me to finally move were the changes in the field of medicine that I practiced (Family Practice) that made it difficult to be a good physician and still make a living. I just like to get to know my patients and help them with preventative medicine and such.

After my oldest daughter came home from junior high and told me how much pressure the kids had to pair off into couples at their age, that was the last straw. We were moving.

Our other children were much older, and so weathered the move much easier than my oldest, but everyone adjusted and I believe is better off for having lived in another country with another culture and language.

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I was able to create this website myself even though I am not terribly techie (at all). I love technology, but need someone else to show me how to do things frequently.

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