The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Issue No. 18

Inspiring and insightful features, stunning photographs and brilliant reporting on French travel, culture, gastronomy, life in France and a whole lot more...

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La Belle Vie Joanna Leggett, director of marketing and public relations at Leggett Immobillier explains the best ways to integrate into French life, beginning with the importance of learning the language and adapting to the culture Every now and again, as I travel through France, I have to stop and pinch myself. I am actually living my dream! All the magical places I'd read about for so many years are passing by my window. France seduces your senses: The warmth of the sun on your back; smells of fresh bread and coffee from the local boulangerie; the scent of flowers – you only have to sniff lavender oil to recall the fields that turn the south of France purple. The countryside is peaceful, from the verdant landscape, where luscious vines spill over their supports, to the coastal resorts and pretty fishing villages. And the French certainly know how to eat well: oysters and fresh fish from the coast; truffles from the Dordogne; salt-marsh lamb, tender Limousin beef, and of course, the cheeses. Am I waxing lyrical? Mais oui, bien sûr. Living in France means much more than indulging your olfactory senses. It's not an extended summer holiday, and it will take some time to adapt to your new life. There will be ups and downs – but, to my mind, it cannot be bettered. So how should we adapt to life in France? In my opinion, the two basics are language and culture. LANGUAGE First, you must try to learn French. Communication really is key. In the UK we wouldn't expect to switch languages to converse with a new neighbour. The French are extremely courteous and polite. You need to be able to converse so that you can be courteous in return. At first you may find your language skills limited to the needs for materials for the travaux (renovations) on your house, and the weather; however, it won't be long before you want to discuss the matters of the day and to make friends.

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