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People considering relocating abroad and becoming expatriates might like to examine the opportunities provided in France's Dordogne region.
CookinFrance.com cook and teacher Jim Fisher called it "the gastronomic heart" of the country.
Many foodstuffs are grown and produced in the district, including garlic, prunes, asparagus, walnuts, goose, pork, duck, strawberries and sturgeon, the specialist declared.
Furthermore, it has a range of specialist dishes, such as creme brulee, which he described as "one of the sexiest desserts ever made".
People can visit some of the "thousand small family-run ferme auberges – farm inns, or ouvriers – workers roadside restaurants – that speckle the area", the expert continued.
Prices are relatively cheap, with a typical lunch menu featuring soup, salad, main courses, a cheese selection, dessert, coffee and wine only around €13.00 (£10.86), Mr Fisher stated.
He highlighted the Sarlat region as Dordogne's unofficial capital, with this area containing around 80 restaurants.
Towns in Dordogne are honey-coloured and often ancient, while the "laid-back, retro lifestyle" harkens back to a more innocent and gentle age, Mr Fisher remarked.
Furthermore, France's south-west "has it all", the specialist declared, noting its sunny, reliable weather, beautiful settings, atmosphere and friendly, warm, welcoming people as some of its best features.
To the west, people can see the Atlantic coast and its sandy beaches, while the south leads to the Pyrenees, which are suitable for walking, cycling and mountain pursuits.
Massif Central and Auvergne feature to the east, with rolling open highland spaces, he said.
International health insurance can be useful in all countries and France is no different.
The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office noted 0.4 per cent of the French adult population has HIV or Aids.
Mountainous regions can pose hazards in winter, especially when they are being travelled across, with forest fires and avalanches highlighted as potential dangers of the country.
"You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling," the government body stated.
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