Hi Rus, that is the question where to settle? it's not easy one when you come to a country the size of france. weather for me is a huge issue, that will dictate a lot of what and when you can sow food. Too high and you have snow from december to april, get inone of those windy areas, e.g le mistral as one example and it will drive you nuts......Too far north and you might as well stay in britian or ireland without the language hassle. luckily you have the intenet and you can do a lot of research, going by average temps. really doesn't mean much, if you get it all in 1 or 2downpours and zilch then for the rest of the year....i like growing peaches, grapes etc. so i am south of bordeaux, they grow easily, literally wherever you stick them. climate change is noticeable here in france since i have come and some places get floods, very strong winds, heavy dumps of snow etc. the alps get a lot of tourists, do you like that?, i spend time down in the pyrenees and some valleys get very busy , pollution is an issue in some parts of france, so i am sure there is a map on that somewhere. good luck and feel free to ask any questions !