Conditions and standard of living in France - Our observations

About national features of Francethat we managed to notice during our independent travel in Europe by car, I wrote in a previous article. And in this one I will try to share our observations about what life is like in France, or rather, what is the standard of living here.

To say that the level and living conditions in Francedifferent from ours - it's almost nothing to say, to be honest. While reading, do not forget that I am not comparing with Moscow and the Moscow region, which seem to be separate states in our country, but with the rest of Russia. In our mother country, we traveled a lot and a lot of what we saw, so there is something to compare with.

We were happy to find that even in small towns almost all houses have Wi-Fi, and in large cities a huge number of networks are caught immediately. And the internet is good!

On the streets of France there are such markscars, which we do not have, you see, our brother is not able to pull something. Everywhere there are automatic gas stations, on which there is no ticket office, people pay with a special fuel card or cash right next to the column in the terminal.

You do not like this construction skull?

Personally, I have not seen this in Russia :)

Although many Frenchmen prefer more environmentally friendly transport.

Parisians on the streets

Parisians on the streets

And the towns, even very small and remote, all well-groomed, clean streets, nice to walk in such places.

Ordinary toy streets of a typical French town

Ordinary toy streets of a typical French town

Typical well-groomed streets of small towns

Typical well-groomed streets of small towns

There are, of course, not entirely understandable to our brother.features of France, for example, that the supermarkets in the city can almost not have parking. No bridal salons like ours. All dresses are sewn to order, and what is on the shop window is just an example and a favor.

What exactly is the standard of living in France is differentfrom ours? Well, here's a simple example. The procedure for renting housing is not at all the same as ours. Everything is done through the agency, which then has a monthly percentage of each payment. But you do not need to pay a reward to the agent immediately in the amount of the monthly cost.

Such a house can be rented, but you can also buy it for the whole family.

Such a house can be rented, but you can also buy it for the whole family.

Modestly but comfortably furnished room in a french house

Modestly but comfortably furnished room in a french house

The kitchen of one of our friends is simple but tasteful.

The kitchen of one of our friends is simple but tasteful.

In these houses live local people

In these houses live local people

In general, the system is designed in such a way that allrights on the tenant side. During the term of the contract, in fact, he is the owner of the apartment and can do anything with it: paint the walls, make repairs, etc. Moreover, there is a certain period of time (from November to March) during which the landlord does not have the right to expel the tenant, even if he does not pay for housing. Therefore, renting an apartment or home throughout life in France is quite a frequent occurrence.

Typical courtyard of a typical local

Typical courtyard of a typical local

Toy house in one of the towns in the South of France

Toy house in one of the towns in the South of France

Oddly enough, but almost in all houses wherewe have been, in order to save very few who use central heating. Basically, they try to heat the most residential part of an apartment or house with radiators (or light a fireplace, if there is one), but in general the dwelling is always pretty cool.

The house where the fireplace is heated

The house where the fireplace is heated

What is the easiest living standard in France?understand, watching the life of ordinary people. Here is an interesting example. We are intimately familiar with a middle-aged French family who live in a small town (by our standards, it’s a village, because in France there’s just no such thing as a village, even two or three houses will still be a city). This family has its own small theater, which they run and play in it themselves, the head of the family also teaches acting skills, his wife sings at various concerts, handicrafts and sells her crafts. They rent a big house with an extensive workshop and a rather big yard, they have three, although not new, but in good condition cars, traveling. And renting all such living space as theirs is cheaper than renting a one-room apartment in Moscow!

Very cozy house of our french friends

Very cozy house of our french friends

Very cozy house of our french friends

Very cozy house of our french friends

House of a family who loves everything old

Very cozy house of our french friends

Very cozy house of our french friends

In the courtyard of our french friends

I do not know whether it is possible to say about the followingThis is also an indicator of the standard of living, but the fact that these are certain features of France and Europe is for sure. If the car is old, it does not mean that it barely walks and falls apart, as we do. All cars in France (I suppose that in the whole of Europe too) are undergoing thorough technical inspection, and the revenue lines are retired; Therefore, owners of old cars are interested in maintaining them in good condition. And this means that by purchasing even an old car, you will not get a bucket on wheels, but a normal car, which is nice. If the Frenchman is told that we simply buy technical inspection, he will not believe it!

These are rarities go through the streets of France

These are rarities go through the streets of France

Well, also to make you laugh: you can imagine that you come to the market, and behind the counter there are smiling, let's say softer, people of your own nationality! Local farmers. And in order to make you completely fun - these smiling citizens, having had a nice talk with you, are interested in whether you will pay with a card or cash? Card! On the market!!! Of course, this is not at all points of this, but the very fact that this in general is leads me to complete delight!

Market in Grenoble

Market in Grenoble

Amazingly smiling and affable farmer in the market

Amazingly smiling and affable farmer in the market

And how nice, going to the store to talkHello, smiling, and know that they will answer you the same way. And with the knowledge of French, you can also talk for a living. Often observed such a situation when a spontaneous conversation between the seller and, apparently, a regular customer.

But God forbid you postpone the holy of holiesSunday, going to the store for clothes, shoes or something else! Freedom equality Brotherhood. If a day off, then for everyone! Everything is closed, even grocery stores work only in the first half of the day, and not all. But what a variety of food there! I sincerely was surprised how many varieties of potatoes, it turns out, happens in this world! And the grains are, and which we did not know anything before.

Enviable food variety

Enviable food variety

Electronic price tags in a regular store

Electronic price tags in a regular store

Electronic price tags in a regular store

Electronic price tags in a regular store

A separate topic is roads in france, social support of citizens and the price of life. Everything is relative, as they say. It is enough just to remember our retirees, and look at what older people in France are active, well-to-do and feel great ...

Roads of France

Roads of France

Traveling in France by car

Traveling in France by car

Older generation in france

Older generation in france

Older generation in france

Older generation in france

The older generation of France

The older generation of France

The older generation of France

The older generation of France

Life hacking 1 - how to buy a good insurance

Choosing insurance is now unrealistically difficult, so to help all travelers, I compile a rating. To do this, I constantly monitor forums, study insurance contracts and use insurance by myself.

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Life hacking 2 - how to find a hotel 20% cheaper

First, choose a hotel on Booking. They have a good offer base, but the prices are NOT the best! The same hotel can often be found 20% cheaper in other systems through the RoomGuru service.

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