It is my great desire to move to France. I have lived in the USA my entire life, and now I am able to leave -- nothing holding me back, except I do have 4 cats, that I could never part with.
As much as I would love to live in Paris, it is my understanding that it is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, and in the world. A small or medium sized city would probably suit me perfectly. I am interested in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
I'm just starting this journey, and since I have never travelled abroad, I am aware that I have a lot to learn. How would I find a place to rent in the region that I mentioned above -- could I find accommodations between $600/$800 a month? Does France allow animals? Are there any known expats that I could correspond with? I know that I have to get in contact with the French Embassy, which can be downloaded.
I need to start now, as I would like to leave the US in May of 2011. Any suggestions, or help would be greatly appreciated. I am also part French heritage, and I would like to do some historical research on my grandmother's family. Perhaps most importantly, I have become a bit weary of life in the US and realize there is a big world out there waiting to be explored. It is definitely time for a change, and this is something I've dreamed about for many years.
Thanks for any hep that you can provide for me, it is greatly appreciated.