France

What big city would be most cozy to play music and write my book in France?

I speak a little French but would have no problems learning it. Friends of mine have said Toulouse and Lyon would be best. Also would be open to Geneva and places in this general area.

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >big city

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Big city as in over 10,000 I'm from a small town and have been living in one that's 80,000

      No chance I move to Paris for example

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Also would be open to Geneva and places in this general area.
    Um, I hope and assume that you know that Geneva is not in France.

    Anyhow, Geneva is substantially more expensive than any French town of similar size (I was just in Nice, which is a touristy and slightly overpriced city by French standards, and found most things offered about a 60% discount compared to Geneva), and harder to get permission to stay in without a local job.

    I actually really like Geneva, personally, but nearly all of my Swiss friends hate it—partially because it’s about 40% UN people, it’s a very ‘un-Swiss’ city even by Swiss urban standards. Good local music scene, though, and pretty large supply of artsy types alongside the multilateral and NGO nerds.

    I might consider staying in Strasbourg for a while—not as strictly French as a lot of French cities, as it’s home to a lot of EU stuff and the place has Germanic/Alsatian roots, but some great food and wine and a cozy historic center.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Would Lausanne be better? And yes I'm aware it's in Switzerland lol. I've been to the Alps on the French Swiss side and liked it there and my best friend lives in Zurich.

      NGO political nerd types doesn't sound very nice, trying to find a good balance between artsy but not full on student town which is the type of place I was before.

      With an EU passport it doesn't matter about being permission to stay anywhere I thought?

      I'll look into Strasbourg

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >I've been to the Alps on the French Swiss side
        >speak a little French
        LARPer GTFO

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          What am I larping as? I've a family friend who lives up there I was visiting

          Tolouse, Lyon, Montpellier are all good options. Nimes, Avignon, METZ, Lille and Chambery/Grenoble (if you like mountains) are all cute smaller towns that are definitely worth living in.

          Thanks I'll look into those

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Kek sure is your "family friend" a shepherd too? Lmfao @ you you pathetic cuck

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              She leads tourists on hikes and played ultimate frisbee with my parents back in the day

              What's your deal

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Ohhhh so it's a she now?? Lmfao let me guess is your book about an Alpine shepherd too?? Lmfao get the fuck out of my board you LARPer

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Lol

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                touch grass

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Would Lausanne be better?
        Lausanne is slightly nicer than Geneva by most people’s standards. It’s quite a bit smaller, as well, although no Swiss city is large (Zürich pretends to have a population of 1.5M, but that’s the sum of dozens of other nearby towns and villages in the canton; the city proper has only about 400K people in it, which is as big as it gets in CH).

        >EU Passport in CH
        You can’t automatically just stay indefinitely, even with an EU passport—you’re supposed to register with immigration within 14 days if you intend to stay for longer than 90 days, and have to apply for a residency permit after the 90 day mark, which, among other things, requires you to have (expensive) Swiss health insurance. It’s nearly automatic for EU/EFTA citizens but there are still bureaucratic hoops through which you must jump.

        But unless you’re really in love with Switzerland I don’t know why you would choose it over somewhere in France—you’re going to spend a lot more in exchange for not much.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks for clearing that up, France it is lol. I have cousins in la chaux-de-fonds and Marseille but everything is very close to each other with public transport anyway I'm sure.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >close
            Well, it depends anon...

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              What the fug

              How is that possible lol

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Because you didn't do your own research beforehand anon.

                It's 2 different countries with their own transportation companies, Switzerland is not part of the EU so transportation is not standardized,and the city in Switzerland is not part of a major axis besides being a high altitude city. Knowing the passion for trains of the Swiss, I'm sure there are routes but from France or Italy, it's not like it's a very big destination!

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tolouse, Lyon, Montpellier are all good options. Nimes, Avignon, METZ, Lille and Chambery/Grenoble (if you like mountains) are all cute smaller towns that are definitely worth living in.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone been to Rennes before? What am I in for?

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Lyon

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