Looking to Move

Because I have always been spoiled by my parents’ backyard….

…I cannot stand living in an apartment and not having a yard of my own. Currently we live in a one bedroom apartment with no balcony. We’re on the third floor, so we have to keep almost all the windows closed so Canaille won’t jump out and die.

We originally decided to live here when David’s sister, Carole, went to Paris. She actually left us the apartment and all her furniture. But after a year, the noise and the people are getting to me and I’m dying to be some place quieter and calmer than an overpopulated suburb of Annecy.

And Carole has returned to Annecy anyway, so she could take her apartment back while David and I find another place between Annecy and Chambéry. The commute to Cluses last year was a bit too much for me and my old car, but Chambéry is not as far and the trains are more frequent. But still, I need the countryside.

I don’t even care how large or small the apartment is; all I want is a terrasse. My own quiet place to relax outside, where Canaille can roam around and chase bugs.  Near Aix-les-Bains seems the logical choice since it’s next to the highway and about halfway between the two cities. If anyone knows of a place there with some sort of yard for hopefully less than 600 € a month, let me know!

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  • http://www.australiatoitaly.blogspot.com/ Leanne in Italy

    I have no idea about property in France so cannot help you there, but I can emphathise with the lack of outdoor space. I hear you…same here in Rome. I cannot wait to leave this city and head back to the seaside and open spaces of (hopefully) Sicily.

    Good luck with the search!

    Leanne in Italys last blog post..Strange and homeless – no…not me!

  • http://www.australiatoitaly.blogspot.com Leanne in Italy

    I have no idea about property in France so cannot help you there, but I can emphathise with the lack of outdoor space. I hear you…same here in Rome. I cannot wait to leave this city and head back to the seaside and open spaces of (hopefully) Sicily.

    Good luck with the search!

    Leanne in Italys last blog post..Strange and homeless – no…not me!

  • Mom

    The big backyard is waiting for you to come home. Brandy and Canaille would have a wonderful time chasing each other all over it.

  • Mom

    The big backyard is waiting for you to come home. Brandy and Canaille would have a wonderful time chasing each other all over it.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ au soleil levant

    I always notice that difference between France and the US: we have so much more space and so much more green! What about the French version of housing developments – you know, the “villages” that spring up with stucco houses and terracotta roofs? I’d imagine that they’d have more green outdoor space, although I have no idea about the price or if they are for rent. Good luck!

    au soleil levants last blog post..4 Weeks

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com au soleil levant

    I always notice that difference between France and the US: we have so much more space and so much more green! What about the French version of housing developments – you know, the “villages” that spring up with stucco houses and terracotta roofs? I’d imagine that they’d have more green outdoor space, although I have no idea about the price or if they are for rent. Good luck!

    au soleil levants last blog post..4 Weeks

  • http://www.confituredulait.blogspot.com/ karina

    depends where you live, although we don’t have a garden in our new place, we have a “faux terrace” and there is plenty of green space in normandy!!! :-)

    karinas last blog post..Weekend fun

  • http://www.confituredulait.blogspot.com karina

    depends where you live, although we don’t have a garden in our new place, we have a “faux terrace” and there is plenty of green space in normandy!!! :-)

    karinas last blog post..Weekend fun

  • http://mmartin.posterous.com/ MMartin

    There are a lot of place in France where you will be able to find big houses with green everywhere. Problem: no job around. That could be the main difference between France and US in that field ;-)

    MMartins last blog post..Retrouvailles

  • http://mmartin.posterous.com/ MMartin

    There are a lot of place in France where you will be able to find big houses with green everywhere. Problem: no job around. That could be the main difference between France and US in that field ;-)

    MMartins last blog post..Retrouvailles

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I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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