My name is Len Clark and I’d like to take you with me on a journey through memory and hope. We have had a second home in the Loire Valley (near Saumur in Maine-et-Loire) for about 8 years. We are hoping to make the move to France within the next 6 months or so, and plan a year’s trial to see whether we make it permanent.
My wife, Anne, and I have always had a love affair with France. She spent a year in Brittany after her A-levels and speaks very good French. I stumbled along with French that would make Tony Blair look fluent (although I hope it has since improved). Every time we went with the children for a summer holiday we would fantasize about buying a place in France… but that’s only for the wealthy, isn’t it?
And so it would have stayed until my sister-in-law changed the rules. But that’s for next time.