Our neighbourhood in France

Our neighbourhood in France is nothing like our old neighbourhood in London. When I came across the 'Show Me Your Neighbourhood' project hosted by the Piri-Piri Lexicon I knew that I had to get involved. Not only would it be a great way of seeing and showing the boys how people live around the world, it would also be a way for us to show family and friends our new surroundings. We live in Parisot, a small village in the Tarn-et-Garonne region of South West France. Our nearest big town is Toulouse. We've only lived here permanently since August this year but it has quickly become our home and we have settled well into French village life. In the neighbourhood series there a six key pictures that participants are required to take. Here are our six, with a few more thrown in-between!

our village
A playground
There is no playground in the village but children can safely play outside their homes (our two boys regularly play on the doorstep.) There is a covered 'hall' at the end of our road that children use to play in. It's great for riding bikes and scooters in as the floor is smoother than the roads. The nearest playground is down at the village lake where there are swings, a roundabout, slide and seesaw.

outdoor 'hall' where children play

playground at Parisot lake
A local mode of transport
As we're in rural France most people get around by car. We didn't have a car when we lived in London so we had to buy one when we came out here, and husband Andrew had to learn to drive! The other main mode of transport around here seems to be tractors. There's a lot of farm land around us and it's not unusual to see tractors on the roads (holding up traffic as they drive sooooo slowly) and even outside our house.

our car

tractor outside our window
A typical house/building
Our village is made up of traditional stone houses, though more modern looking houses are being built just outside the village. Our house was built in 1851. Most of the houses have small gardens attached, our garden however is separate from the house, though it only takes a minute to walk there. Many villagers grow their own fruit and vegetables which we are planning to do next year.

French house
A street nearby
Here is one of the main streets in the village. This street has the village bakery, shop, school, hairdresser, bank and mayor's office along it.

typical street
A school, nursery or other educational facility
Parisot has a primary school that caters for children in the village and surrounding villages. Our eldest boy Reuben started full time here in September this year and is slowly starting to pick up the French language. Children in our village go to school four and a half days a week as Wednesday is a half day. They have two breaks in the morning and afternoon, and the children can go home for lunch should they wish to.

the village school
A market, supermarket or other shopping outlet
Many people favour market shopping in our area as the food is fresh and local. Our village market is held every Friday morning and usually has at least vegetable stall, a fruit stall, a fish and a meat van. Bread is baked fresh daily in our village bakery and there is also a small shop selling most other things needed. We tend to do a market shop and a big weekly supermarket shop in a nearby town, though I may challenge myself one day to see if I can get everything locally.

village market

village bakery
Parisot Lac
This is the village lake where once upon a time you used to be able to swim. Rules and safety regulations have been in place for a while now that mean people no longer do, but it's a nice place to walk and take the kids to play. There is a café open from Spring to Autumn and there is a campsite where people can stay. Every year it hosts Festi'Lac, our village fête, where fireworks are set off over the lake.

Parisot lac
Thanks for stopping by our neighbourhood. You can see all the other neighbourhoods in the series here. It's been great reading about other neighbourhoods around the world. A big thank you to Annabelle at the Piri-Piri Lexicon for hosting. I look forward to reading the others that follow!

Becky x

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  1. Such a beautiful part of Southern France. It reminds me a little of the Dordogne where my in-laws live and we vacationed many summers. Love seeing the lake and the playgound. It's interesting to constrast your village to my suburb up near Bordeax. Love your blog!! I also have to share that this series of Neighborhoods around the world is so great. I too, show my kids many of the post and we discuss the similarities and differences. Thanks for sharing your corner of the world - it was fun to read!!

  2. What a lovely neighbourhood! The lake looks so pretty and peaceful.

  3. Your neighborhood looks beautiful! I love the weekly market and that kids can leave school to have lunch at home. Is there any reason why Wednesdays are half-days or is it just a mid-week break?

  4. You are lucky, rural France must be one of the most idyllic places to raise a family in. It is calmer, friendlier and closer to nature and origins (at least food wise) than its urban counterpart. Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing.

  5. What a lovely tour around your village and so different from mine in the Alpes-Maritimes, I love how diverse France is. (I also took part in Annabelle's series with my town). The lake looks lovely, it's a pity it's no longer swimmable. Thanks for linking up to my first ever #AllAboutFrance linky, I hope you enjoy soe of the other blogs you find on it.

    1. Thanks Phoebe it was such a fun series to take part in and so interesting seeing neighbourhoods from around the world. Your linky is great! I've read some great new blogs this morning.

  6. Hello! I'm popping over from the #AllAboutFrance link-up. Your neighborhood looks so beautiful! I imagine not only the surroundings, but your day-to-day life must be so different than life in London. Looks like a great place to raise a family :-)

  7. French villages can be so different from each other... but at the same time, there's always something that says "you're in France"! I like your village, it kept his historical side with a touch of modernity (the lake's suroundings and the playground, etc)
    Coming from #AllaboutFrance. And thrilled to come back soon!


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