Originally Posted by brucesarn
My name is Bruce, I am an Australian who lives in France. I have to ask why Lyon in particular? France is the most beautiful diverse country in the world with a host of the most picturesque cities and large towns to be found anywhere - my advice is to travel around and see what is available before making any decision to settle in one place.
And having a grasp of the French Language, although very beneficial, is not essential - most French people are very helpful and willing to try to cross any language barrier. I have not found it a great problem having registered my UK vehicle here, obtained a Social Security number, and am deep into the renovation of an old dairy farm - all with very limited French. My vocabulary increases with every contact I make and at my age, 53, I am not the learning sponge I used to be.
Good luck for the future, France is a very easy country to live in if you want a safe, vibrant yet quiet way of life.
Thanks for the information Bruce. I have checked out other cities, online only, and Lyon, located in a wine region and billed as the gastronomical capitol of France had immediate appeal. It is one of the largerst cities in France and being in the south it has winters generally milder then the north, and it is close to Italy. Also, an American living in Lyon described it as great city. We hope to be in France this coming year and to vist a number of cities besides Lyon. Any recommendations? Renovations? You are brave. I was a real estate appraiser and have done a little renovating myself. A little was enough. Good luck in your project. Where in France are you?