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Info wanted on the area North West of Toulouse


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Old 3rd October 2011, 07:18 AM
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We are a family consisting of a French Dad, an English Mum with a 5 year old daughter and 2 basset hounds. We have the opportunity to make a permenant move to Toulouse, however we are not very familiar with this area of France.

I was hoping to hear from anyone who has experience of living around the North West of Toulouse and in particular around Lespinasse, Gagnac, Seihl, Balma or Blagnac. The good things about the area and any challenges that may have occured....

Recommendations for a good primary school (French or billingual) would be gratefully received plus information on the facilities available ie. shops, transport into Toulouse, sports and leisure facilities, dance classes for children and good open spaces for dog walking.

This is a huge move for us, so I'm trying to do as much research before making the all important decision.

Many thanks in advance

Kate

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Old 3rd October 2011, 04:19 PM
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Hi Kate and family,
I just came across your message by chance, and will try to give you some helpful information about life here in France. I have lived in SW France since 1977, first in Luchon in the Pyrenees, then in Toulouse and for the past 18 months in Lespinasse. I worked as a medical secretary until I retired nearly 3 years ago.
If you speak even a little French and with a French partner I imagine you probably do, you shouldn't have any problems with day to day life here. If you don't, you will soon pick it up.
SW France is a lovely area, not far from the Pyrenees (winter sports) and the sea (mediterranean or Atlantic). There is an airport in Blagnac with regular and cheap flights to the UK.
Lespinasse is linked to Toulouse by bus and metro (takes 45-60 mns). I don't drive any more but have no trouble getting around. There are no shops at the moment here apart from a bakers and a pharmacy but hopefully some will be opening soon, in the meantime there are facilities in the surrounding villages. There are also doctors, physiotherapist and district nurses.
Gagnac is lovely, so is Seilh, Blagnac is big but lots of facilities including swimming pool and ice rink, and a huge shopping centre.
Schools are good, my grandchildren attend the local school here in Lespinasse and have various after school activities including dancing. My granddaughter is also 5.
You don't say where you live in the UK but I am sure that you will not regret moving here. My French husband and I separated in 1980 but I never wanted to return to the UK.
There is a big British community in and around Toulouse, lots of activities to join in, so I'm sure you won't feel lonely.
Why don't you come over and see for yourself before making such a big decision?
I would be happy to meet up if you thought it might be useful.
Good luck!
JenniferLynn

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Hi Jennifer Lynn

Many thanks for this helpful information. We have already sold our house in Reading, packed up and relocated to France, so we've taken the first important step to our new life. We are currently staying with family in Capestang near Bezier, until my husband has found a job and we decide on where we want to live. My husband is job hunting in Toulouse and Montpellier, so we have narrowed it down but although I know a little about Montpellier, Toulouse is new to us all.

The reason we are focusing on Toulouse at the moment is that we have found a house we would love to buy in Lespinasse. Obviously before commiting ourselves to anything, I wanted to try and get a feel for the area, especially if it will be suitable for our little girl. It sounds like your grandchildren are settled in the area, so it must be pretty family friendly. We drove past the school in Lespinasse last week and it was just a short drive from the house. Do any of your grandchildren speak English? I would be happy for Macy our daughter to attend a local school, as I think she is young enough to adapt quickly but she is missing her friends from England so much at the moment. I am hoping that by getting her involved in some local activities that she will meet lots of new friends.

My French is still pretty basic, so I will want to find an adult French language course to attend on a regular basis and hopefully not too far away from where we live. I intend to drive, so getting about should be fine in the future, I'm just dragging my feet a bit at the moment due to the left hand drive and I would like to know I have other options of transport if need be.

Jennifer I would really appreciate meeting up with you if you were happy to do so? You've lived in France for so long and you've experienced life in and around Lespinasse, that I'm sure you could answer quite a few of my questions. I'll let you know when we will be in your area again and perhaps I can buy you a coffee?

One last question, does Lespinasse have it's own community (however small) or would you say it's just a base for you to live and you need to go to Seihl or Gagnac for more of a village atmosphere? Oh and where is the nearest food/farmers market to Lespinasse?

Thanks again

Kate

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Hi again,

Glad to see that you have already been to the area. It would be good to get Macy into school as soon as possible so she doesn't miss too much of what will be her last year at the maternelle. My grandchildren only speak a few words of English - I will have to make more of an effort! Last week I met a French woman with a 5 year old son who have been living abroad and recently returned to a village nearby. The little boy was at an English speaking school and his parents (who speak English fluently) would love to find English speaking children for him to play with. So there are friends ready and waiting for Macy if you decide to come here!

There are activities in Lespinasse, you can check out the various associations on the internet site (LESPINASSE site officiel). I have started gym classes this year, it's also a way of getting to know people locally. There are markets in the surrounding villages, these are usually at the weekends.

Yes I'd love to meet you next time you come here, let me know when and we can arrange something.
Bonsoir! JLYNN
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Hi Jennifer

I just wanted to let you know that we lost the house we wanted in Lespinasse to another buyer. We are all really disappointed, as we loved the house and felt we could settle well in the area.

There is still a chance that we may still move to Toulouse in the future but my husband is also looking at work options in Montpellier and Sophia Antipolis, so our future looks wide open at the moment. Most unsettling!

Thanks for your insight and I will get in touch again if things start happening for us in Toulouse.

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Hi again,

Glad to see that you have already been to the area. It would be good to get Macy into school as soon as possible so she doesn't miss too much of what will be her last year at the maternelle. My grandchildren only speak a few words of English - I will have to make more of an effort! Last week I met a French woman with a 5 year old son who have been living abroad and recently returned to a village nearby. The little boy was at an English speaking school and his parents (who speak English fluently) would love to find English speaking children for him to play with. So there are friends ready and waiting for Macy if you decide to come here!

There are activities in Lespinasse, you can check out the various associations on the internet site (LESPINASSE site officiel). I have started gym classes this year, it's also a way of getting to know people locally. There are markets in the surrounding villages, these are usually at the weekends.

Yes I'd love to meet you next time you come here, let me know when and we can arrange something.
Bonsoir! JLYNN

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Old 21st October 2011, 11:03 AM
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Hi Kate,

Sorry to hear that you lost the house here. I hope that your husband soon finds work so that you can settle down somewhere and start putting down roots.

Let me know if I can be of further help and please get in touch if you come to the Toulouse area.

Good luck!

With best wishes,
JLynn

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