A séjour in Provence

provence village

On any given Friday night, you’ll find our entire family snuggled in front of the TV watching House Hunters International. It’s a little pathetic how many people know that this is our favorite show. We just love to be inspired by people moving around the globe. And it’s fun to see what money can buy in France, Finland, Jakarta and Johannesberg.

If you’ve never seen the show, it goes like this: A family is trying to buy a house in a foreign country to realize their dream of living abroad. The show follows them as they look at three different properties and evaluate their options. In the end, we get to see which house they choose.

This week we used the used the House Hunters International method to make a property decision of our own! Next spring, we're going to take our first sejour. We plan to spend 2-3 months in the south of France - put the girls in a school, drink Rose and generally recharge our lives. So, after lots of research and many conversations, here’s where we’ve landed:

Option number 1 is a stylish apartment in the city center of Aix-en-Provence. Getting the kids into a local school may be a tricky, but there are also private schools nearby.

Option number 2 is a small house in the village of Puyloubier, 20 km from Aix-en-Provence. The house is small, but charming, and the kids could walk to the local primary school.

Option number 3 is a large house with a pool in the countryside a bit further from Aix. The local primary school will likely accept the kids, but it will be a 10 minute drive from the house, which is fairly isolated.

Just like on the TV show, I've left out all the practical details which would cloud your opinion. Which would you choose?

Stay tuned for our decision…!