My husband and I decided to move to the southeast of France after spending almost a year in Normandy. So far, in France we have lived for 2 months in Marseille, 9 months in Bordeaux and 9 months in Lantheuil. After all this moving around we are finally looking to settle down somewhere for at least 2 years. We both work online so we can live wherever we want, as long as there is a strong Internet connection.
Our biggest requirement is that we wanted to live in a small village near a big city. This way we can enjoy the comfortable, relaxing life of being in the countryside while still being near a big city’s conveniences. We need to be close to a hospital, school and grocery store. I also do not want to live downtown, but to live a short walk from commerce. We are only interested in houses, not duplexes, that have a garden and are not on top of neighbors. Yes, we are picky.
Through leboncoin.fr, we found a cute gite in the village of Banon. It is a charming village, even under a blanket of snow. It has around 1,100 inhabitants, cafés, restaurants and some other small commerce. We went for a long walk yesterday through the village and up the hill to view the old part of the village. It was beautiful and I will definitely bring my camera next time. The town has everything we need to survive, including a small hospital, doctors, kiné, small grocery store, butcher, boulangerie, etc. Yes, we would need a boulangerie to survive. [Read more…]