You’re about to discover what could be
the world’s most surprising lifestyle and retirement secret…
France Offers What Could Be The Most Elegant, Romantic, Diverse, And Creatively-Inspiring Lifestyle IN THE WORLD.
And It’s A Lot Closer To Your Reach
Than You Probably Think…
Here at home we talk about the great retirement squeeze…but what if your life and comforts could expand in retirement? No question that they have for IL reader Maria Trenzado, who says life in France is not only better, but affordable, too…
"There is no greater delight than walking up the steps to my own petit château (little castle) welcomed by the fragrance of the lavender and rose bushes surrounding the garden. Birdsong fills the air. My neighbors greet me by name. And each day brings a new adventure."
"And to think I made my wildest, most far-fetched lifelong dream come true–to own my own dream home in France–for just $90,000!"
For just $90,000, Maria Trenzado became the proud owner of a newly-built, two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom, semi-detached villa in the south of France…in Provence.
Her new home includes all the amenities you’d ever want for comfortable living.
Everything from high-speed internet access to a shared swimming pool and more.
It’s in a great location, too, at the foot of Mount Ventoux—the biggest mountain in Provence.
"I’m near some of the most picturesque, historic, and vibrant perched villages in Provence," Maria says. "There’s Gordes. Roussillon. Bonnieux. Avignon. And so, so many more close by."
"I’m also just a few minute’s walk from town, which has several cafés, bakeries, wine shops, and cheese shops. And there’s a Sunday market in the main square, too. It offers locally grown produce, meat, seafood, dairy products, and many more gourmet treats. I don’t think my taste buds have ever been more satisfied!
"And…I can also walk to several flower shops, grocers, a hair stylist, a post office, beautifully-manicured gardens (a great place to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day), and just about everything else I could ever need to enjoy life and live well."
By the way, in case you’re wondering…
You Don’t Have To Be "Ultra-Rich"
To Live Well In Today’s France
You see, Maria is no millionaire. Far from it.
In fact, she’s a Cuban-born civil litigator from Tampa, Florida.
She works hard. She does well for herself.
But she’s far from being "ultra-rich."
Yet France was a dream she kept close to her heart…ever since she first saw images of Provence in a viewfinder as an eight-year-old child.
She eventually saved up enough money to visit. And once she got there, made her way down to Provence…where she fell in love with it all over again.
She adored Provence’s rolling rural landscapes… its centuries-old villages perched on towering cliffsides…its pristine meadows teeming with blooming wildflowers and colorful songbirds… and its back-to-basics, "salt-of-the-earth" culture.
And after seeing all this in person, she knew she wanted to live there more than ever. But—like most folks—she figured it was a dream well beyond her pay grade.
Until she stumbled upon that $90,000 dream home…
This was 2004…and she bought it. And just like that, after all those years, her dream of living in France finally became a reality.
Turns out: In the right places…France isn’t nearly as expensive as you probably think.
What It’s Like For "Non-Millionaires"
To Live Well In France
Today, Maria enjoys all the fruits of La Vie Française, despite her modest budget.
"Day-to-day cost of living in France is approximately €40 a day which includes dining in restaurants. It is much less expensive than living in the U.S. as the utilities—electric, water, association fee, etc., are cheaper," Maria says.
"Property taxes are less, too. Homeowner's and auto-insurance rates are significantly less. Healthcare costs are a mere fraction of similar services in the U.S. too. Only gas is higher."
"Better yet, I not only cover my expenses by renting my home when I’m not there… but I actually make a profit!"
And When It Comes To Culturally-Rich Activities,
You’ll Be Spoiled For Choice
"The mild weather means a multitude of activities year round," Maria says. "And the world-renowned film, theater, opera, and music festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Orange, and Avignon attract thousands of visitors, and I enjoy the antique markets of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
"If I ever tire of village life, I can take the car to Nice, Monte Carlo, Genoa, Marseilles, and the Mediterranean beaches of St. Tropez and Cassis. And Paris, the Alps, and Barcelona are only a few hours away by train."
You can enjoy a similar lifestyle.
Make Your Dreams Of Living In France Come True. Affordably
While it is true that many (if not most) of France’s well-known destinations are quite expensive when compared to other parts of the world IL regularly covers… like Ecuador, Mexico, Belize, or Nicaragua…
…living in France’s most popular destinations doesn’t have to be a total bank-breaker.
Even in hotspots like Paris, Biarritz, the Cote d-Azur, and other parts of France with expensive reputations, it’s entirely possible for YOU to live very, very well AND enjoy all the fruits of La Vie Française on a modest budget.
For example, furnished studios and one-bedroom apartments range from $788 to $1,969 per month, offered on long-term contracts.
And that’s right in the heart of Paris.
And as far as total cost of living is concerned, a couple can live comfortably—even in Paris—on as little as $3,000 a month.
Here’s a sample budget for two people to run an apartment in Paris:
|Euros (€)||US Dollars ($)|
|Gas for heating and a stove||€55||$60|
|Monthly telephone rental fee||€20||$21 + cost of calls|
|Unleaded gas super (97 per liter)||€1.22||$1.34|
|Broadband Internet Fee||€30||$32|
|Tickets for the movies||€18||$19|
|Lunch for two with wine||€30||$32|
Granted, on this budget, you won’t be able dine at world-famous Maxim’s restaurant every night (where "a la carte" prices average €200)…
…but you wouldn’t want to do that on a regular basis, anyway.
Because as a "real" French resident, you’d know about better-value authentic bistros, that the casual visitor to Paris never discovers.
For example, you’d know about where you can enjoy a simple lunch of salad, moules (mussels) and a slice of upside-down apple flan called tarte tatin at a tiny bistro for under $20.
You’ll know the grocery store where you can buy a great bottle of red wine for as little as $4.00
And if you were a "real" French resident, you’d know how to look as chic as any French person…without spending thousands on a suit or pair of shoes.
My point is this…
If you want to live comfortably in "the City of Light" on as little as $3,000 a month (and still enjoy ALL of its world-class museums, art galleries, architecture, cuisine, fashion, ambience, and all its other inspiring intangibles)…
|QUICK FACT: The average monthly budget for a family of four in Hennepin County, Minnesota (i.e. Anytown, USA), was $4,614… way back in 2007!|
…or in any of France’s other high-profile destinations…
…you can absolutely do it.
And hey…most Americans spend at least $3,000 a month to just get by anyway!
So as you can see…
You CAN Live Affordably In France!
So what do you do…
…if YOU want to find out how YOU can start enjoying La Vie Française without increasing your day-to-day spending?
Here’s the good news.
We’ve already figured all of this out for you.
And that’s exactly why I’m writing you today.
My name is Jackie Flynn. I’m the Publisher of International Living. And if you’ve ever dreamed of living in France…
…whether it’s in the heart of Paris—the most romantic city in the world…
…on the Cote d’Azur—with its world-famous beaches and ultra-chic lifestyle…
…in your own Mediterranean villa in Provence—complete with your own garden, pool, fishpond, and views of the mountains…
…or anywhere in between…
…I’d like to help YOU take that all-important first step towards making your dreams of living in France come true. And I know of no better way than to get your hands on the all-new, recently-updated Escape to France: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.
Quite simply, for anyone who’s ever dreamed of living in France, either part-time or full-time, it’s a one-of-a-kind resource that can help you:
I assure you…there’s no other resource quite like Escape to France.
In just a moment, I’ll give you an idea of the one-of-a-kind secrets you’ll discover in its pages.
But before I get to that, I’d like to quickly show you how a few more friends of IL are already enjoying La Vie Française…
…on a modest budget.
(Remember…THIS COULD BE YOU!)
From The Pacific Northwest To Paris, "The City Of Light"
Pamela Griner-Leavey and her husband Jim wake up every morning to a view of the Paris skyline around the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
She and her husband live in the romantic French capital…and love every minute of it.
Here’s just a bit of what Pam recently told us about living in Paris…
"Despite the troubled world economy, we currently have little trouble enjoying everyday life. There are so many things here that are free or reasonably priced. Life is good.
"For example, we live in a city with one of the best public-transportation systems in the world. And my husband is thrilled with not owning a car."
And hey? Who can blame Jim for being so thrilled? After all, prices are still hovering around $3.30 a gallon in the U.S. as of November 2013. But Pam and Jim can get around Paris as often as they want for less than $3 a day.
What’s more, their total monthly budget averages just under $3,200!
And that’s just the start of their money-saving experiences in France.
In 2009, they saved a whopping $53,550 on healthcare. (Pam has type-two diabetes… and had to spend 20 days in a round-the-clock critical care unit. The price tag was a whopping $54,000… which included physicians, all exams, an MRI, a thorough eyesight analysis, and medications. But of that, they only had to pay $450 from their own pockets!) Thank you French healthcare system.
But Hey… When It Comes To France,
Paris Is Just The Beginning!
There’s WAY more to France than just Paris and Provence.
In fact, France as a whole could be one of the most geographically and culturally diverse nations on the planet.
It’s got beaches. Mountains. Wine country. Forests. Lakes. Rivers. Sea cliffs.
And just about everything in between.
And don’t forget… France is just a few hours away by air or train from at least a dozen other European countries… all with their own diverse cultures and history.
For those who LOVE to travel, it’s a dream come true.
You could have a freshly-baked pain-au-chocolat and a triple-espresso at the "Les Deux Magots" in Paris (where Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, and Pablo Picasso once frequented)…
…then take the metro to the Gare du Nord, grab a seat on the ultra-luxurious TGV train…
…and make it to Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Munich, Venice, or many other world-class cities in just a few hours.
You can even get a strong Wi-Fi signal while on board.
Though you may be too busy gazing outside your window and watching the spectacular European countryside whizz by at 198 miles an hour to bother turning a computer on.
The Verdict Is in: For Discerning Expats,
France Is Hotter than Ever
Clearly, as an expat destination, France has a lot going for it. Among the many reasons it makes sense are…
1. France offers the best health care system in the world: According to a World Health Organization (WHO) study, France provides the best overall health care system in the world. (The U.S. ranked 37th.)
And once you move to France, you may be able to transfer your health care to a French provider… or even to one of the many British companies that specialize in providing extra coverage for expats.
Prescription drugs in France are also much, much cheaper than back in the U.S. and Canada. (Prescription drugs in the U.S. are the highest-priced in the world.) And doctors still make house calls in France.
2. France could be the best place in the world to start a tourism-based business: Last year, France attracted approximately 80 million visitors…making it the most popular tourist destination in the world. Paris is the world’s most visited city in the world. And tourism is accountable for 6% of the country’s income. (4% from French tourists traveling within France…and 2% from foreign tourists.)
With this in mind, the number of opportunities for starting your own tourism-based business…and funding your life in France…are virtually endless.
You could start your own B&B in Normandy…open a café along the Mediterranean Sea…conduct wine tasting tours in Bordeaux…open an art gallery in Paris…and on and on and on…
If you’ve got the entrepreneurial bug and would like to make a buck or two (or a whole lot more), it’s worth considering France…
3. For diehard "foodies," France is like Heaven on Earth: If you’re mad for open-air food markets, you’ll be in paradise in France.
For example, the Dordogne region alone has dozens…and it’s renowned for its gastronomic specialties, such as glistening strawberries, fresh walnuts, delicately flavored walnut oil, pâte de foie gras, chestnuts, crêpes, confit de canard (duck preserved in its own fat) truffles and other wild mushrooms, and a wonderful array of full-bodied, deep ruby wines.
In wildly-romantic Aix-en-Provence, you can shop the open-air food markets for slivers of cheese, a couple of olives, spicy bread buttered with orange, aniseed, and fennel, and pâte de foie gras potted in jars.
You can find other similar open-air food markets all over France.
And if you’re a restaurant aficionado, France remains unsurpassed. It boasts more three-star Michelin restaurants (25), two-star Michelin restaurants (79) and one-star Michelin restaurants (482) than any other country in the world by far.
What’s more, France is also the world-leader in Michelin "Bib Gourmand" offerings…with 637. (The "Bib Gourmand" is a specific menu item at any Michelin-rated restaurant that’s priced below a maximum determined by local economic standards.) The average "Bib Gourmand" menu item at Michelin-rated restaurants in France is just €32 ($38). But remember…that’s for an unforgettable meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant in France!
4. France is STILL a haven for aspiring artists and writers of ALL abilities. Ever dreamed of penning the novel that’s always been lurking inside you? Or to try your hand at oil painting? Or perhaps become a part-time or full-time photographer?
Well… the good news is…today’s France remains just as creatively-inspiring today as the days of Hemingway, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Picasso.
You can write the first draft of that novel on your laptop while sipping espresso at a café on Paris’ famed Left Bank…paint Mont Saint-Victoire in Provence from the balcony of your own villa (Cezanne is known to have painted Mont Saint-Victoire over 60 times)…take photos of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris at sunrise…and so much more.
France seems to bring out the inner artist and writer in everyone who visits almost immediately. Some say it’s the history. Some say it’s the culture. Some say it’s the light.
Whatever the reason, why not try nurturing your inner artist or writer in France sometime soon. I reckon everyone should do it at least once. And hey…it might completely change your life…for the better!
5. France boasts a sizeable expat population. One of the best parts about living overseas is meeting like-minded people with similar lifestyles and interests. And you definitely won’t find a shortage of like-minded people in France.
In Paris alone, there are an estimated 50,000 American expats. What’s more, it is easy to find American associations, institutions, churches, and schools in Paris and other parts of France. So it’s easy to meet others with similar interests. The "infrastructure" is already in place.
What’s more, you’ll also find many expats in France from other English-speaking countries like England, Ireland, and Australia.
Spend a few weeks or months in France and get out there and meet people at the many various events for expats, and you’ll quickly have many new friends from all over the world.
6. France is one of the most technologically-advanced countries on earth.The elegant "Haussmannian" apartments may date back to 1850 to 1920…and many other statues and monuments date back much earlier than that (the Egyptian "Obelisk" at the center of the Place de La Concorde in Paris is 3,300 years old)…but don’t let all that fool you. When it comes to modern technology, France is right on the cutting edge.
For example, 99% of the country has 3G access…and 4G is currently being rolled out. So if you’ve got a smartphone and a French SIM card on you, you can check your email and go online from even the most remote locales in France.
What’s more, broadband internet access in France is…for the most part…lightning fast. For example, with one internet service provider (ISP) that specializes with helping expats connect to the internet, you can connect at speeds of up to 20 Mbps.
NOTE: The U.S. average connection speed was 15.3 Mbps as of 2016.
And on top of all that, many (if not most) of the cafés, bars, and restaurants in France offer free WiFi…which is great if you’ve got a laptop and want to get some work done while dining on a three-course meal and doing a little "people-watching" at the same time.
7. If you’re a fan of history, art, and architecture, France is virtually unsurpassed worldwide. This pretty much goes without saying.
You’ve got the Louvre…the Musée d’Orsay…the Pantheon…the Pompidou Centre…the Maison de Balzac Museum…the Maison de Victor Hugo Museum…the Musée Picasso…
…The Père Lachaise Cemetery (where Oscar Wilde, Molière, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison of The Doors, and many other famous artists and writers are buried—often in wildly-elaborate tombs)…
…The Catacombs de Paris (with its thousands upon thousands of human skulls and bones piled one on top of the other—buried hundreds of feet below the busy streets of Paris)…
…The Arc de Triomphe (a great place to go to the top and take photos of the famed Avenue des Champs-Élysées)…
…Paul Cezanne’s former residence in Aix-en-Provence (where you can see first-hand where this famous impressionist painter grew up and drew his creative inspiration from)…
…The hospital in Arles where Van Gogh stayed in December 1888 and again in January 1890 (you can go there and stand in the exact same spot where he painted one of his most famed paintings, Courtyard of the Hospital at Arles.
…and so much more.
And who could forget La Tour Eiffel… perhaps the world’s most famous, iconic landmark? No trip to France is complete without getting a close look at the Eiffel Tower…or even going up to the top!
BY THE WAY…one great thing to do the next time you’re in Paris is to stop by a bakery, butcher shop, cheese shop, and wine shop near the Eiffel Tower, pick up a few tasty items at each, and have a sunset picnic on the grass of the Champs de Mars with the Eiffel Tower towering right in front of you.
It’s an almost surreal experience…especially when it lights up every hour on the hour for a few minutes each evening. Everyone applauds and cheers when it happens.
Please Keep in Mind,
I’m Barely Scratching The Surface Here
There’s so much more that France has to offer.
It’s the kind of place that just keeps growing and growing and growing on you… year after year.
"In the years we've lived here, we've also come to love the French way of life, the cafés and culture, the language, and—yes—also the French themselves. We have our favorite baker, the waiter who always asks after the kids, and the friends who coach us on everything from wine to grammar." —J.F., Paris, France
So how can you take advantage of ALL that France has to offer… without breaking your own back doing all the research and legwork on your own?
Get All The Secrets Of Living Well For Less
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How To Make Paris Your New Part-Time Or Full-Time Home Without Spending A Fortune
Find Your New Private Paradise
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How to Live Well For Less In France
And Many Other Hard-Won Secrets You Won’t Find
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(And You Can Thank Author And Diehard France-Lover
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When you start reading the pages of Escape to France…
…you will discover something right away.
Author Steenie Harvey absolutely ADORES France.
In fact, when I read the latest version just recently, it really made me want to visit some of the "hidden" destinations Steenie has discovered.
Here an excerpt straight from Steenie in the all-new Escape to France… about the Dordogne area of France:
"Call it the Périgord, call it the Dordogne, call it heaven. For many prospective home buyers, this is the quintessential rural France, the dream place to go shopping for a little maison de village or a honey-colored stone farmhouse with a steeply sloping roof of russet-brown tiles. Everywhere here seems just so pastorally perfect, right down to the clouds of bright blue butterflies and the lines of fluffy ducklings paddling down river."
"The Périgord summers are gloriously warm and sunny. Under resplendent blue skies, the countryside is a feast for the eyes, a harvest festival of vineyards, fields full of sunflowers, tobacco plants, and corn, shady walnut groves, and stands of oak trees that often hide an underground treasure-trove of black truffles."
"Casting reflections in crystalline rivers, a fairy-tale château perched on top of wooded cliffs. There are dozens of picture-perfect villages, each one seemingly more enchanting than the last."
Then Steenie goes into exquisite detail about the best places to shop, eat, and find bargain properties in the Dordogne.
AND PLEASE KEEP IN MIND…
Steenie does this not just for the Dordogne region…
…but for every corner of France.
I’m telling you… she really did her homework on this one…
…and it’s evident on every single page of Escape to France.
It’s worth its weight in truffle oil!
How Much Would It Cost To
Figure All This Out On Your Own?
Let me put it to you this way…
It took Steenie SEVERAL MONTHS and SEVERAL TRIPS to uncover all the secrets you’ll discover in Escape to France. And she brings to bear on this project her many years of experience traveling to this country she loves.
And thank goodness…Steenie’s loaded with energy. And also a "black-belt" expert on saving money while traveling.
Especially in France.
Otherwise, we would’ve had to spend a fortune just to help her cover France’s 212,935 square miles and 1,951 miles of coastline.
But she pulled it off. And you know what?
That’s GREAT news for you.
You see, YOU don’t have to do ANY of the on-the-ground leg-pounding that Steenie did.
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So how much…then…does it cost to get your hands on a copy of Escape to France?
Well…considering how much we invested in this project, we could easily justify charging several hundred dollars. Probably a lot more.
But we’re not going to ask you for that much.
That’s because we want to make it as affordable as possible for you to discover all of Steenie’s secrets for living well for less in France yourself.
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We asked her about what she loves about life in France…and what frustrates her. We talked about costs…her recommendations…what to look for…what to avoid…and we asked her to share some more details about her day-to-day life in Provence and share her hard-won wisdom with you.
She has… and in our conversation you’ll hear how she was able to make her dream of life in France a reality…and how you could, too…
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…to take advantage of the world’s best health care system…
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There’s truly nothing else in the world like it…
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It could be one of the smartest decisions you make this year… if not your entire life.
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Publisher, International Living
P.S. France has never been hotter as a potential place to live for discerning, budget-minded, future expats—either part-time or full-time. And you won’t find a faster, easier, more affordable way for YOU to make it happen as soon as THIS YEAR than you will with the help of Escape to France: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.
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