Now at various times in our history it has been fashionable for the Brits to desist 'Les Frogs' but I've found them a kind race whose cynical sense of humour is in line with our own. Except for Parisiens, of course, but I think that they cultivate their hautiness to add to the touristic experience.
Anyway I thought I'd jot down a few of the reasons why I love France enough to consider it as a place that I want to spend my retirement.
- It has a land area that is about two and a half times that of the UK with a similar population which means that there is more space to spread out.
- Many places let motorhomes and camper vans stay for free or at little cost in their 'Aires de Camping Cars'.
- The French seem to be less risk adverse than the Brits. I don't think that there would be conker fight bans for this courageous nation. There are still historic monuments, especially WWII sites that involve a bit of peril.
- Their language is lyrical in spite of words being lengthy. I once did an exercise with a French-Canadian trying to find English words that were longer than their French counterparts and cane up with very few.
- There is a pride in their culture and heritage that has been lost in many parts of England.
- It is a child-friendly country where Louis is always made welcome. French kids are affable and polite as a result.
- Lovely food, lovely wine, great beer - need I say more.
- Decathlon is a great place to buy inexpensive outdoor equipment