What I’ve seen of France

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For friends who are wondering where I’m looking and where I’m going to settle, I want to provide an overview. You’ll see how wide-ranging these explorations have been, both on my own and twice with Kristian who rented a car for us to be able to see more and move around more easily.

I’ve put together a map, which mostly covers the period since I left Virginia. But I have marked a few more cities where I’ve stayed in this century, if they left enough impression that I feel I know what they’re like. LOL – I’m not including places I visited back in the 70s, 80s, 90s. Back then I was mostly in Paris and in Provence-Alpes Maritimes – the Var, the Vaucluse, etc, though I did make my first trip through Burgundy back then as well. I’m sure I’ve overlooked some places seen in these last two years – it would be hard not to – but this shows most of my house-hunting adventures and French explorations.

Icon key: Towns where I – or we – have spent the night are marked with a bed icon, towns visited on a day trip for a good look around have a bus icon, and towns simply stopped in for a walk and a quick look around have a binoculars icon.

La Rochefoucauld-en-Angoumois, Charente, France

Aniane, Hérault, France

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Hérault, France

Saint-Georges-d’Orques, Hérault, France

Vierzon, Cher, France

Argenton-sur-Creuse, Indre, France

Orléans, Loiret, France Beaulieu-lès-Loches, Indre-et-Loire, France

Candes-Saint-Martin, Indre-et-Loire, France

Joigny, Yonne, France

Troyes, Aube, France

Saint-Maixent-l’École, Deux-Sèvres, France

Jonzac, Charente-Maritime, France Pons, Charente-Maritime, France

Gigondas, Vaucluse, France

Vaison-la-Romaine, Vaucluse, France

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, France

Lyon, Rhône, France

Genêts, Manche, France

Falaise, Calvados, France

Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Pouilly-en-Auxois, Côte-d’Or, France

Ladoix-Serrigny, Côte-d’Or, France

Beaune, Côte-d’Or, France

Dijon, Côte-d’Or, France

Semur-en-Auxois, Côte-d’Or, France Puligny-Montrachet, Côte-d’Or, France Meursault, Côte-d’Or, France

Saint-Pierre-du-Mont, Calvados, France

Bayeux, Calvados, France

Évreux, Eure, France

Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, Sarthe, France

Saint-Calais, Sarthe, France

Nevers, Nièvre, France

Carcassonne, Aude, France

Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France

Melun, Seine-et-Marne, France

Saint-Amand-Montrond, Cher, France

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Indre-et-Loire, France

Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Blois, Loir-et-Cher, France Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, Maine-et-Loire, France Vierzon, Cher, France La Rochefoucauld-en-Angoumois, Charente, France Angoulême, Charente, France Saint-Jean-d’Angély, Charente-Maritime, France Poitiers, Vienne, France

Thouars, Deux-Sèvres, France

Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France

Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, France Parthenay, Deux-Sèvres, France Niort, Deux-Sèvres, France Cognac, Charente, France Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France Tarascon, Bouches-du-Rhône, France Le Grau-du-Roi, Gard, France Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France Carnon-Plage, 34130 Mauguio, France Lattes, Hérault, France Agde, Hérault, France Béziers, Hérault, France

Sigean, Aude, France

Alençon, Orne, France Le Mans, Sarthe, France Ancy-le-Franc, Yonne, France Nuits, Yonne, France Noyers, Yonne, France Sancerre, Cher, France Neuvy-sur-Loire, Nièvre, France La Charité-sur-Loire, Nièvre, France Nevers, Nièvre, France Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France Bédarieux, Hérault, France Uzès, Gard, France Pézenas, Hérault, France Beaucaire, Gard, France Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Gard, France

Avignon, Vaucluse, France

Nîmes, Gard, France Carcassonne, Aude, France

Narbonne, Aude, France

Mailly-la-Ville, Yonne, France

Mailly-le-Château, Yonne, France

Issoudun, Indre, France

Châteauroux, Indre, France

Bourges, Cher, France

Auxerre, Yonne, France

La Charité-sur-Loire, Nièvre, France

Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, Nièvre, France

Langres, Haute-Marne, France

Noyers, Yonne, France

Ancy-le-Franc, Yonne, France

Nuits, Yonne, France

Alençon, Orne, France

Sillé-le-Guillaume, Sarthe, France

Saint-Calais, Sarthe, France

Arc-en-Barrois, Haute-Marne, France


Chemilly-sur-Serein, Yonne, France


Advertised as 3 bedrooms, really 1 on ground floor then attic space under steep roof angle, 2 spaces enfilade then an attic cubby, not useable as real rooms, no WC upstairs then of course.  Dependance with what could be a living room or bedroom, and a WC there and laundry room, but outbuilding unheated.  House needs new heating system, insulation, electrics and was listed as needing no work!

Loches, Indre-et-Loire, France


Square Habitat LOCHES
1 bis rue de Tours, LOCHES 37600
02 47 91 92 92

Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, France

Descartes, Indre-et-Loire 37160, France

36400 La Châtre, France


Le Blanc, Indre, France

Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, Sarthe, France

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  1. Barbara Maness

    Whahooo great job Pat you are living the life of a rich and famous so happy to know that Kristian is with you what a dream come through love your cousin Barbara❤️