Town or country. The perpetual question where one would move to, when living in a foreign country. While 98% of future expats do dream about that small house in the french country side and look them up weekly on Immobilier sites, my opinion after having lived here in Jarnac for a solid time is firm.
PICK A VILLAGE.
Mind you though, Jarnac with barely 5000 souls is by all standards still in the bush as well. Some of the stores here do remind me of movie sets about times past. Yet, I am very very glad that Victoria did not let me buy that very first property we looked at. The one with a great yard, but seriously 20 minutes to any action what so ever.
I mean we could have gardened, kept some chickens, a dog, a cat, a rabbit or two and many other things we are not able to do here in downtown Jarnac, but would I have enjoyed gardening? Maybe it's just an imaginary projection, not an actual, realistic desire.
While there are plenty of Blogs extolling the virtues of french country life, it does get lonely after a while. On many of my antique buying excursions in the country side, many of the sellers want me to just hang around even if I did not buy anything, so they can tell me another story.....So, unless you are 100% certain you can enjoy solitude like Theodore Kaczynski did in Montana, PICK A VILLAGE.
Besides being able to park the car for sometimes five days in a row, in a village you have choices of cafes, bars, butchers, grocers and other daily need things. Tourists in the summer make for great people watching in the pedestrian zone, festivals, markets and much more happening in town.
Here is some summer readings about France for you to look at:
THE ALLEY LUNCH DOWNTOWN JARNAC
THE VIEW FROM OUR LIVING ROOM WINDOW
LE TABAC. ALWAYS OPEN
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BAR AND THE CAMERA SHOP NEXT DOOR
LE MAGASIN BIO
GLOBAL FOOD.....WELL, NOT REALLY
KID'S CLOTHING STORE
ONE OF MANY HAIR SALONS
A THROWBACK TO TIMES BEFORE STAPLES....