It is nearly four years since I packed up the car and headed out of the small Dordogne village of Loubejac, but I don't think I ever really left the place behind as This French Life took up more and more of my time.
But now that the Eurotunnel crossing is booked, and some temporary accommodation is secure whilst I look for a long term let in the area around Loubejac, I've been thinking about why people look to head out for a new adventure.
I've always thought that a good number of Brits have a yearning to explore foreign lands, maybe its a case of harking back to the days of Empire, but the opportunity to explore new cultures seems to burn strongly in our North American cousins as well.
Many people from the US and Canada seem to enjoy living life the French way; some do so on extended holidays, or from reading over some of the blogs I follow with the intention to make a success of a move - lock, stock and barrel.
On a personal level I want to use many of the new digital tools that are now available to bring a real taste of France to people through This French Life, be that recordings of dialects and songs, video of special events and festivals, or just photographs of landscapes viewed from afar.
Because if there is one thing I've picked up on from reading the writing of others it is that whilst life in France can be full of frustrations and isn't all about glasses of wine and cheese courses, seeing the simplest of things through the eyes of an outsider can inspire and bring a sense of contentment.
So for the next couple of weeks updates to the site may be a little hit and miss (I'm always open to a guest post or two) but I hope that soon enough I will be able to share with you some of the views of my new French life, as well as point you to the experiences of many others.