About this site

Talking about a new life in France…

Ever since I was a young adult I’ve been fascinated by people who uproot to follow a dream of a new life abroad. Where, why? Planned or on a whim?

The phenomenon of Britons moving to France has a long history.  More recently, Britons have been migrating to regions such as Brittany, Normandy, Dordogne and Provence.  But English voices can be heard in out-of-the-way pockets of France too.  I’ve spent years researching British migration in a  département that borders the Pyrenees –  Ariège – a little-known area of south-west France with some beautifully wild and remote corners.

You can read snippets from what I found on the British migration to France page.  Or for academics, there’s a page with links to my Academic Publications. For an audio summary of my research, listen to the podcast that I recorded for the BrExpats research project.  More thoughts within the Brexit context are summarised in this article for French-Property.com

… and walking in the Ariège Pyrenees

Being a digital nomad I’m lucky to be able to spend time hiking and cycling around the Ariège Pyrenees, particularly the Couserans.  The Illustrated Ariège walks page outlines some of my favourite hikes. There are plenty of walking books and online route sites in French, and I’ve linked to these where relevant, but there aren’t that many in English.  New walks are regularly added as blog posts.

The Ariège images  page gives a flavour of the immense variety of Ariège landscapes: the high mountain ridges above the wooded valley sides, the glacier-gouged cirques – straight out of a geography textbook! – the rustic architecture and the cascading waterfalls.

Finally, the Travel page has articles on overland travel to Europe, stopovers in France and my travels in Ukraine.

The upper trail to étang du Garbet