We are so looking forward to our forthcoming trip to Le Grand-Pressigny and once more we find ourselves fantasising about the day that we might up sticks and move there for good.
It may never happen but just talking about it makes us happy.
On of the things I always try to do when faced with a decision is to make a list of pro’s and con’s. I write the positives on one side and the negatives on the other and see which list is longer. So the next few posts will be about some of the things on my list.
In both France and the UK we live in a rural area not far from other small villages and larger towns. Both are considered tourist areas to a degree.
In the UK the standard of driving has plummeted in recent years and the volume of traffic has rocketed.
In the UK people have excellent driving skills, they have to have them in order to avoid crashing into the people who drive deliberately badly in order to get in front of you, changing lanes without signalling or even looking, pushing and shoving past parked cars when they should wait or give way – the roads are full of very angry and aggressive people, determined to get there first.
In France the roads are infinitely less crowded than in the UK. If we drive from Le Grand-Pressigny to Descartes we will pass only a handful of other vehicles. This makes driving around our little corner of France a joy rather than a chore. Admittedly there are sloppy drivers around – a lot of dithering goes on and you do get people driving too close or in the middle of the road. But the fact that the roads are much quieter means the impact of bad driving is very much diluted and we notice this especially when we are on the motorcycles.
In the UK I have been making the same journey to work for the last 25 years and it used to be entirely uneventful. There are now 5 sets of traffic lights that were not there even ten years ago and these days I can hardly get to the bottom of our road, which is half a mile away from home, without some potential accident or moment of aggravation. I feel that English drivers lack manners and consideration for their fellow motorists and I definitely feel safer driving in France.
As far as the motorways are concerned, our journey to France is just hell from leaving home as far as Dover. When we get onto the motorway at Calais all the traffic melts away and from then on, usually, it’s so easy. Above all, I find driving in France far less stressful than in the UK.
I wonder if other English people feel the same.