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Old 21st December 2010, 09:38 PM
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There was a thread humming along on the question of whether or not it was feasible to retire to anyplace in France on $1,300USD gross U.S. social security income per month and the moderator cut off the discussion stating that the subject had been adequately covered but that is simply not the case.

Dawg had been seriously contributing to that thread because, while I am a retiree in Mexico as I have been for some ten years, France is my favorite country on the planet bar none and my French wife and I live here in two very distinct of parts Mexico (Jalisco and Chiapas) instead of France for two important reasons. Climate and cost of living. Well, also, because Mexico is an extraordinarily interesting and historically compelling place in which to live but what the hell - so is France.

The moderator decided arbitrarily that the discussion on the cost of living in France versus Mexico was concluded but I discern otherwise. I wish to explore this notion further just for the intellectual exercise. I, frankly, don´t care where any of you decide to retire but let´s use our brains to explore the alternatives.

I´ll have a lot more to say if I am not cut off arbitrarily. That´s the decision of the moderators hereabouts. Enough said.

Who cares if any of us made the wrong decision on where to settle to live out our lives? The die is cast. Let´s have a discourse on the decisions made. I´m not leaving my homes in Mexico for France and you´re not leaving your homes in France for Mexico. That´s not the point.

I have many thoughts on this. Let´s hope the moderator does not think our thought processes have played out before they are exhausted in our minds and we´ll try not to bore the rest of you beyond tears.

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Hound Dog, perhaps I didn't express myself well when I closed off the prior discussion, but the issue was that the discussion had veered off onto personalities, and "proving" one's opinions and/or statistics, which isn't really relevant to the main theme.

You're more than welcome to start a thread on France vs. Mexico as a retirement spot, though that discussion probably should be moved to the General Expat Discussions section as it involves more than just France and probably should include discussion of other alternatives - Thailand, Spain or the Philippines.

If you want to go back to the topic of how plausible it is to retire to France solely on US Social Security benefits, then that's fine, too. But in the other thread, we'd already exhausted the "yes it is" and "no it isn't" evaluations. The original thread is still available for review - and perhaps in a successor thread we can raise some different points without reverting to personal challenges.
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Hound Dog, perhaps I didn't express myself well when I closed off the prior discussion, but the issue was that the discussion had veered off onto personalities, and "proving" one's opinions and/or statistics, which isn't really relevant to the main theme.

You're more than welcome to start a thread on France vs. Mexico as a retirement spot, though that discussion probably should be moved to the General Expat Discussions section as it involves more than just France and probably should include discussion of other alternatives - Thailand, Spain or the Philippines.

If you want to go back to the topic of how plausible it is to retire to France solely on US Social Security benefits, then that's fine, too. But in the other thread, we'd already exhausted the "yes it is" and "no it isn't" evaluations. The original thread is still available for review - and perhaps in a successor thread we can raise some different points without reverting to personal challenges.
Cheers,
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I hear you Bev and regret anthing I may have said that made this discussion personal.

It may seem strange that I, a retiree in Mexico even engage in a discussion of retirement in France but our families live in Alabama and France and we came within an inch of retiring to France rather than Mexico. As I have previously stated, the winning factors for Mexico were the sublime climate and the reasonable cot of living. I mean, these virtuse of Mexico over France are extraordinary. Splendid sunny days all year around and if I told you how much cheaper it is to live here than in Paris, my favorite city on the planet, you would not believe me.

That doesn´t mean that France is not my dream home but so is Mexico so what the hell. Both are wonderful places so I´ll take the climate and cost of living.

I guess my dream is to find a place to live in France for the summer and live in Mexico in the winter but I sure as hell will not be staying in France in the winter even along the Mediterranean. Dawg did not just arrive on the turnip truck.

Maybe we´ll buy that house in the Langedoc in some ex-Cathar village in the outback on a steep hill somewhere and rent our Mexican house to a Frenchman in the summertime. After all, it´s always nice here in Mexico in the highlands 12 months out of the year. Anybody want to deal on this? If so, I say, we´d like to live in France from June to September. If not the Langedoc, name a region. We are game.


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