Well that’s what journalist Peter Millar believes writing in the Daily Mail as he explains why he has sold his holiday home in the Dordogne.
He fell in love with France during a holiday in the region and 12 years ago bought a house near the town of Mussidan, found to the north west of Bergerac.
Those first few years were full of the ways of the country as he learnt how to cleanse snails from his neighbours, foraged for mushrooms and walked from shop to shop in the village picking up the weekly essentials.
Peter Millar says that has now all gone, with the local supermarket increasing in size and decamping to the edge of town, joined by a DIY superstore, furniture store and clothes shop.
This, he says, has had an impact on local shops, forcing many to close down and now the town has ‘as many estate agents as boulangeries’, which when you think about it could be one of each.
And unfortunately Peter Millar rather spoils his argument as he seems to have a pretty good knowledge of the bakery products in the supermarket, why not keep using the boulangerie?
Surely it’s not that difficult to find a parking place now if the village is so quiet?
I must admit it is a bit dispiriting to see large, warehouse-style shops alongside the main roads running into towns, but there appears to be still much activity and commercial life in villages local to me.
This weekend saw Villefranche du Perigord host an antique fair, a week ago it was three nights of music and dance, while the popularity of night markets during the summer months seems to be on the rise.
Here in the south of the Dordogne every Thursday evening during July and August a steady stream of cars head up the hill to Loubejac to sample the local produce and wine under the gaze of the church tower.
The market draws in hundreds of people each week and gives local producers a boost ahead of the quieter winter months.
Times are changing and despite successive governments in France trying to control and shape consumer behaviour with new rules and regulations, you can't turn back the tide and it now looks as though other techniques will be employed.
The introduction of new legislation such as the l’auto entrepreneur system, lets smaller operations flourish and frees them of red tape, but it also means we have to do our bit.
Is a 20 minute drive to the supermarket, with the dash for a parking place and long queues at the till really worth the one or two euro saving, especially if this sees local village stores close and prices ultimately rise?
Maybe Peter Millar craves the new, he is a journalist and writer after all, and that is why he is saying goodbye to France.
But sometimes it is too easy to shout 'stop change' instead of looking at how people adapt and the new opportunities that exist when fresh ideas and thoughts are brought to the table, over a glass of red.
What do you think, is France heading downhill or do you know of places that are adapting to change and drawing on new ideas? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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