A lot people who move to France arm themselves with a long list off idyls.
Where they want to live, what they want to live in, what they want to do, the list is endless.
Most people look for a rural village setting with acres of fields surrounding their property, crops that look vibrant and healthy, happy animals munching on green grass and beret wearing farmers chugging down the lane in their beaten up but still workable1920's Lamborghini tractor (they do exist, honest).
The village, like many others, will have the mandatory village square, maybe with a bar and a bakers and of course the local Mayor's office with all it's finest regalia - the French flag, at full mast. Just like you see on tv shows.
I've just described where I live, except that there's no bar or bread shop. No wait, there's a take away pizza joint. How we would ever exist without France's "almost national" dish, the pizza? I am beyond words when it comes to how much pizza is eaten in France.
The village where I live is no different than where a ton of expats in France, Italy and Spain live and I love it.
It's rural, it's quiet, crime is almost nonexistent, people are friendly in a small village kind of way and it's a very healthy almost organic kind of lifestyle.