Like the rest of the world, France spent months under ‘lockdown’ restrictions and is now beginning to return to normality. Despite this, the property market continued to boom as buyers searched for the peace and quiet of the idyllic French countryside.

If you’re considering a move from the UK to rural France, get ready to take life at a slower pace. Here’s some tips on how to embrace France’s laid-back lifestyle.


Accept that things take time

If you’re used to city life in the UK, you’ll be accustomed to living life at a fast pace. You may expect everything to get done quickly and without delay. So, when transitioning to your new life in France, it’s best to adopt the art of patience.

When you first move over, you’ll probably have a list of things that need to get done. It’ll take time to tick these off, perhaps more time than you had ever considered, but embrace this slower pace from the start and you’ll find yourself relatively stress-free.


Enjoy mealtimes

In France, life revolves around food. One of the reasons you chose to move was probably because of the delightful cuisine, so when everything stops for lunch, embrace it, and join in! The importance and ceremony of mealtimes will become very apparent, and you’ll start to enjoy them more than ever before.


Take your lead from the locals

Once you move in, take the time to get to know people in your community. You’ll soon get a feel for their way of life, daily routines and favourite pastimes, which will give you a brilliant insight into how life works in France. Follow their lead and enjoy the new normal.


Stop to smell the roses

If you move to rural France, you’ll be surrounded by every delight that the countryside has to offer. Due to the weather, everything is constantly growing and changing, and if you have a garden, you’ll definitely notice this. No matter the season, something new and beautiful will always catch your eye. So, get outside and make the most of your surroundings.


All in all, embracing French lifestyle is all about appreciating the little things in life. Whether that’s food, your surroundings, or the people around you. If you stop to smell the roses and take your time, you’ll take life at a relaxing, slower pace. You probably moved to France to enjoy life, so make sure you embrace the French way.


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