We all quite like the idea of the south west quarter of France so I thought I’d do a bit of research about that part of the country to see if l can narrow down our options. So first off, let’s see if we might be moving to Aquitaine. As usual my scientific investigation will take the form of a list, or maybe two. I’ll start with the positives:
- Bordeaux hosts an annual chocolate festival – obviously a big plus point.
- The region benefits from 2000 hours of sunshine per year.
- Aquitaine is a popular location for cycle tourism – not that I’m an enthusiastic cyclist, but it may it may provide an opportunity to create a business.
- The south of the region is famed for gourmet cuisine and Sarlat has an annual gastronomic feast!
- It is home to FC Girondins de Bordeaux which, according to Wikipedia is one of France’s most successful association football teams. Not that I could care less, but it might be a point of persuasion for my husband, if necessary.
- Obviously, it is famous as a wine growing region, and I can certainly think of a few people (mostly family) who might be more inclined to visit for that fact.
- It boasts both stunning beaches and beautiful countryside.
- There is a good supply of cooking schools in the region, maybe I could improve my baking skills – I do like cake! It may also persuade my mother-in-law who has just gone on a cooking holiday to Italy.
- Biarritz hosts Le Temps D’Aimer dance festival, featuring all kinds of dance. I think this could be a big draw for my six year old daughter.
- The region includes an industrial centre for the production of footwear (amongst other things, but I’m only interested in the shoes.
- Geese and Turkeys are the principle exports of Gascony – so I guess Christmas dinner won’t be a problem. Who needs Bernard Matthews?
- Biarritz is the spa capital of France – I like the sound of that.
- Both Bordeaux and Bergerac have flights to various airports in the UK for ease of getting to see family and also is useful if we set up any kind of tourist business.
So are there any negatives?
- There are a fair few British expats there already, which in one way is a positive, but it may also mean that opportunities in the tourism sector are harder to find/create.
- The region is famous for truffles, and I’ve never been very big on eating fungi, in fact mushrooms are my very least favourite food.