Do you or someone you know idolize French culture or have a romanticized vision of France? Here’s a look at what it’s really like living in France. Unfortunately, reality seldom measures up to the picture-perfect image we fall in love with. I should know.

If it weren’t for the fact that both my husband and I lost our jobs and endured long term unemployment, we probably never would have considered moving to France. Here’s our story in a nutshell plus 11 things you can do to survive long

The path you take when you finally decide to move to France will be unique to you and your circumstances. Our decision to move was set in motion by the great recession and unemployment followed by a series of circumstances. Here is a brief look