So, where do we live in France exactly?
We live in the Midi-Pyrenees which is in the South West corner of France. An aptly named Region because it's situated in the middle section of the Pyrenee mountains which separate France from Spain. We are within a one hour drive to the Pyrenees, which means that you are never far from a fantastic view of the mountains, making it a very beautiful place to live.
|A local view of the Pyrenees|
We are situated midway between the Atlantic and Mediterannean coast, both being about a 2 1/2 hour drive, so we can always spend a day on the beach either sundbathing on the Med or surfing on the Atlantic.
The moutains look great at any time of year, but especially in the winter when skiing or toboganing make a great day out and there are many reasonably pistes to choose from.
|My youngest Luc, enjoying some winter fun in the mountains|
|Place Wilson in Toulouse|
We live in a tiny village and like many other villages it has no shops, only a mairie (Mayors Office), church and village hall. Despite it's size, it has a really great community spirit and lots of functions throughout the year (The French Rural Village "En Fete"). It's strange how some of the smallest communities have very big and elaborate Mairies.
|The Mairie of a local village with 128 inhabitants!|
It is very rural - lots of fields of corn, wheat and what is particularly notable here is the fields and fields of sunflowers in July.
|Sunflowers with the mountains in the background, taken from the field next to our house|
It's a very green area, despite the hot summers as we have many rivers and lakes with water coming directly from the mountains.
|The River Save|
We live in a watermill, so we are surrounded by water with a canal running directly through our house, a river running along the edge of our property and a lake, not forgetting the several hidden waterfalls - it really is a magical place to live!
Although we are very rural, I don't consider our position to be remote. We're 2 minutes from a main road (with lines down the middle!) and only 10 minutes drive to the nearest town with doctors, supermarkets, chemists, schools etc.
|Our "main" road, lined with trees.|
The houses are really attractive around here. There are many old farm houses and tumble down barns and outbuildings which add to the rural charm. There aren't many new buildings and most new build houses either tend to be made to look old or have a villa like design.
|A veiw from one of our upstairs windows|
We have many leisure lakes nearby, often with beaches. They are fantastic places to visit with kids because they also have grassy shady areas, toilets and other facilities (inflatables, waterslides, lifeguards etc).
|Leisure Lake at Saraman|
|Gorges de la Save|
There are some great markets nearby - the biggest being Samatan which is famous for its fois gras and is always bussling and full of wonderful stalls.
|Spice stall at Samatan Market|
|A lane, not far from our house|
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