Back to the UK after 18 years in France

Valerie Watson on the seafront near her home in Weston-super-Mare

Valerie Watson reveals the culture shock in store for anyone who heads back to the UK after a long time in France – but finds reasons to be positive

After 18 lovely years in France, I have returned to the UK.

It is not because of Brexit, which is the first question everyone asks me but due to other circumstances – and for a new challenge.

My husband died in 2016 and we had discussed coming back to the UK a couple of years before that. He always said he did not want to die in France but sadly that was the case.

Losing the love of your life, especially after 51 years of a very varied and interesting married life, leaves you bereft.

The last two years have been a rollercoaster of emotions and challenges.

I sold our house in the Aude in July but really had no idea if I wanted to come back to the UK or not, so I rented a ...

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