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Moving from Nice into the mountains

Posted by Pilz - Created: 5 years ago
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Posted by teen-14236 - 5 years ago

Good vet in St Martin,(she looks after the wolf park too), she's great with our kitties!

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Posted by Pilz - 5 years ago

Thank you, yes I am planning a few trips to get some ideas. Am pleasantly pleased to see the bus journey is only 1 Euro each way. All the photos and videos of all these quaint little villages look like paradice, it is hard to choose which one I like the look of more. Though, me being a mad cat lady, having a vets is a must so that narrows it down some :)

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Posted by Kentish maid-243236 - 5 years ago

I think teen is right, if you want to live in the mountains, the locals will accept you, it's not like living with loads of other ex-pats, and there is a lot going on if you want to find it.

We too live away from the hustle & bustle, the roads are always kept clear (except when it's obviously a white day) , most people don't have 4x4 s, they just leave the car near to the road if snow is around.  Winter tyres help, we have a set that is on from Nov to March, plus chains, but we hardly ever need them.

Go for a trip around the arriere pays in the winter, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Good luck.

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Posted by Pilz - 5 years ago

Thank you that is lovely feedback, especially about the snow, was picturing myself stranded for a few months a year, kind of liked the idea in a way. I am fluent in French so no problem with that and am not involved with any English community here apart from this site so I don't expect to meet other English folk.  :)

That is nice that you felt welcome straight away, my folks live in a medieval town in SW France and I am imagining there will be a lot of similarities. Be nice to feel safer and have some peace and quiet :) The main thing I am looking forward to is being able to take a walk for the sake of a walk without being harrassed by men on the prowl targetting women on their own!

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Posted by teen-14236 - 5 years ago

Forgot to say, we were made to feel incredibly welcome from the start!

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Posted by teen-14236 - 5 years ago

We have lived in the Vesubie  for 10 years and are very happy. Snow has never been a problem, roads are well tended. There is plenty going on, as long as you make an effort. I would say French is essential as there are few English in the Valley, those who live here all speak good French. Roquebilliere is a growing village in lots of ways, much more a normal village than St. Martin, which is very pretty but also very "touristique". 

Let me know if you want further info!