Living like God in France
A visit to a French farmer’s market: fresh vegetable, tomatoes, from bright yellow to deep violet, oysters, pickled olives, pottery and all kinds of local handicrafts. The colors, the aromas and scents, the babble of the traders’ voices praising their goods – it is a feast for the senses.
Even though French gourmet cuisine is arguably one of the best in the world, it is the simple things that make life in France unique. Baguette, cheese and a glass of red wine, and all this in the middle of a wonderful landscape – what more do you need!
France has lots to offer
In winter, there are skiing slopes in the Alps in the East and in the South in the Pyrenees. In summer, the Atlantic coast with its endless sandy beaches invites you to surf, while the hinterland of the Côte d’Azur bedazzles you with the enticing scent of lavender.
The landscape between the mountains and oceans couldn’t be more diverse. France has no fewer than 11 national parks, which offer a fantastic nature experience due to their exceptional flora and fauna. The volcanic Auvergne with its numerous springs, the rugged coast of Brittany, wild horses in the Camargue and the castles of the Dordogne hidden in oak forests: each of the historical areas has its own charm.
The French countryside is characterized by its generosity and vastness. And somewhere there, between vineyards and sunflower fields, tucked in the rolling hills, one of the stone-built country houses, is waiting to be filled with new life.
By the way, it was none other than the painter Vincent Van Gogh who already at the end of the 19th century had the idea to settle in the French countryside together with a group of artist friends, to live as a community, and to be inspired by the special light and intensity of the colors, so unique to France.