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A Year in France (thr return)

Old 02-25-10, 01:11 PM
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A Year in France (the return)

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Been a while since I've even been on BF but a little update has been in order. In September we had to make the hard decision to return to the states after our amazing year in SW France ( https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...year+in+france. ) We were very close to making the jump and staying for the long haul, but for a number of reasons we decided it best to return for a while.
Wheels are already in motion to make a move back and hopefully within a year or two we'll be permanently residing back over there. Without a doubt it was the best year of either of our lives and all I can say is if you dream of living in europe, even for a short time, you should just do it- but be warned- you may never want to come back.

Anyway, I took a serious break from the bike for a few months but the psych is starting to come back and we're out riding again.
Good to see Botto and Pcad are still keeping the BF universe in balance.
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Old 02-25-10, 05:43 PM
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Um, who are you?



Just kidding. I think I'd love to spend the rest of my life in Europe. France would be my second choice, Italy would be my first.
I don't think I would ever want to leave there if not for the pull of family. And I'm nearing retirement too . . . don't give me any ideas!
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good to see you back, i've always found your pic heavy posts very inspiring. glad to hear its going to work out for you getting back to where you love. i've spent some time in southern france on short bursts and have always enjoyed it, though never long enough to get on a bike out there, its on my list though.

i think its fantastic that you can pick out a year to say definitively was the best year of your life. you're a lucky man, most people's whole lives go by without this thought running through their heads. cheers.
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I have enjoyed your postings and pics.
Thanks.
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Old 02-25-10, 07:21 PM
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I have enjoyed your postings and pics.
Thanks.
Me too, some really great shots!
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Old 02-25-10, 07:29 PM
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I have enjoyed your postings and pics.
Thanks.
+1. One of the better threads around here.
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I really think you need to move back to France so I can continue to live vicariously through you.

Besides, things in this country are f'ed up.

Welcome back.
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Old 02-25-10, 09:01 PM
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Pics please.
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Ah, come on and admit the truth....you missed L.A.!

Was great following your pix and stories over the months, probably as close as I'll get to making that kind of move. Thanks for sharing all of it with us.
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Envy ... I mean the France part. I want to go back and would certainly consider France high on my "where can I escape to civilization?" list.
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Great story. Are the pics in the thread you listed in your OP?

I have a house in Italy, and the wife and I have often discussed living there for a year. In December I was in Italy for a month, and to be honest with you, towards the end of my 30 some odd days there, I was ready to come back to Colorado.

I still want to live there one day, if anything, to spend time with my uncle and cousins - and to improve my Italian.

Thanks for your story.
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So here's my question ... how did you manage to stay in France for a year? Were you working for a company that sponsored you over there? We you just touring and living on savings?

I think it's a great experience to live in countries other than the one a person is born in. Both Rowan and I have done it ... he came to Canada for 6 months, and I've been in Australia for a year all up, although only 8.5 months this time. But we'd love to move to France if possible. We've both been over there twice and are planning to return next year.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
Wheels are already in motion to make a move back and hopefully within a year or two we'll be permanently residing back over there.
Too many ambiguous antecedants ;-)

You're making plans to move back to France permanently?

Sweet.
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Welcome back Bruce. I was jealous when you left, and I am jealous that you are going to be going back. And to think....I was excited about leaving New Jersey for Canada.

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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
Hey kids
Been a while since I've even been on BF but a little update has been in order. In September we had to make the hard decision to return to the states after our amazing year in SW France ( https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...year+in+france. ) We were very close to making the jump and staying for the long haul, but for a number of reasons we decided it best to return for a while.
Wheels are already in motion to make a move back and hopefully within a year or two we'll be permanently residing back over there. Without a doubt it was the best year of either of our lives and all I can say is if you dream of living in europe, even for a short time, you should just do it- but be warned- you may never want to come back.

Anyway, I took a serious break from the bike for a few months but the psych is starting to come back and we're out riding again.
Good to see Botto and Pcad are still keeping the BF universe in balance.
Bruce, your living in France thread and pics qualifies as perhaps the best real BF Thread ever. Good luck getting back over there.
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I really think you need to move back to France so I can continue to live vicariously through you.

Besides, things in this country are f'ed up.

Welcome back.
They are f'd up there too...or haven't you been paying attention?

I've lived there. My parents were there for ten years. My brothers both went to school and graduated high school there.

Having been there for a long while and family for an even longer while, we all wanted to come back.

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mmmmmmmmmmmmm cheese
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They are f'd up there too...or haven't you been paying attention.
Isn't everywhere f'ed up?
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some more than others. i.e. europe and north america
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some more than others. i.e. europe and north america
Crap. Let's not derail the thread anymore. My bad for piling on.

Back to France...
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Glad to see you are around. Make the planning short and the stay long. I am buying a house in southern coastal Spain near Malaga this fall. Can't hardly wait to start riding around there.
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We're kicking around different ideas, but today we both said to each other basically sooner rather than later. What I loved about over there was the simplicity of life (remember we were NOT in Paris) and the connection with the land. It was just a more natural way of life, much less emphasis on material possesions, much more emphasis on family and friends (and food!).
Certainly France has it's share of problems, but coming back here after a year really opened my eyes to how crappy the quality of life is here in general. It's funny (and sad) how opposed people are to socialized medicine. I guess they would rather spend their retirement on hospital bills.
Anyway, here's to taking risks and chasing the dream, whatever that is to you.
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mmmmmmmmmmmmm cheese
Cantal cheese was my absolute favorite.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
We're kicking around different ideas, but today we both said to each other basically sooner rather than later. What I loved about over there was the simplicity of life (remember we were NOT in Paris) and the connection with the land. It was just a more natural way of life, much less emphasis on material possesions, much more emphasis on family and friends (and food!).
Certainly France has it's share of problems, but coming back here after a year really opened my eyes to how crappy the quality of life is here in general. It's funny (and sad) how opposed people are to socialized medicine. I guess they would rather spend their retirement on hospital bills.
Anyway, here's to taking risks and chasing the dream, whatever that is to you.
These are things that appeal to Rowan and me too.
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