Last Friday, I was spending time with my parents and I was far away from Saint-Chinian. Not long after I’d published the weekly post, my father told me that he’d seen something about a shooting “near where you live”. I was deeply saddened when I found out what had happened in Carcassonne and Trebes. The funeral of the victims of the attacks took place yesterday. This must be a very sad time for the people touched by the tragedy, and by the families of the victims, and my heart goes out to them.
In light of everything, it feels strange to publish the post I have written for today. But life must go on, and I will continue to live my life as before. I will not start to avoid towns, places or events because of what might happen. Life is precious and sometimes short. Let’s make sure that every moment counts!
You may remember a post I wrote last year, about an article which had been published on the CNN website. The article rated Saint-Chinian among the top 10 destinations to retire to in 2017 – it caused quite a stir in Saint-Chinian when it was picked up by the national media in France!
Live and Invest Overseas, the company behind the rating and the original CNN article, has published their list for 2018. Saint-Chinian still ranks in fifth place, ahead of Lisbon, Budapest, Chiang Mai and Bali, to name but a few other destinations!! You can find the whole list here – you’ll have to scroll to the end of the page for the list.
The story was picked up again at the beginning of January on the Forbes website, under the imaginative headline of “Quit Your Job And Move Abroad: The Cheapest Places To Live In 2018“. In the article, Kathleen Peddicord, founder and publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, is quoted as describing Saint-Chinian as a “quintessential French country village where everyday life is like something out of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”.
Whilst that may be a bit of an exaggeration, she’s spot on with “quintessential French country village”. The location of Saint-Chinian and the transport links play an important role in the ranking, and the best part (to my mind) is that the people in Saint-Chinian are described as very friendly!! 🙂
Saint-Chinian does have a lot going for it – though I may be biased?! 🙂 I imagine that I take for granted some of the reasons why life in Saint-Chinian is so delightful. All the same, I do try to remind myself often just how fortunate I am to be living in such a wonderful village!
if you’re tempted to find out why Saint-Chinian has made it on the list of the world’s best places to retire to for two years running, come and visit! (For accommodation, have a look here.)
The following photos may give you some idea of why people love Saint-Chinian so much!
The wonderful Sunday market in Saint-Chinian
Les Platanettes – a wonderful spot for a refreshing dip
Classical music concert in the former abbey church
The Vernazobre river that runs through Saint-Chinian
Jazz concert in the cloister
Landscape around Saint-Chinian
Grape harvest in Saint-Chinian
A summer evening of food, wine and music at the cooperative winery in Saint-Chinian
Bastille day fireworks in Saint-Chinian
Wine tasting at one of the many wineries in the village
View of Saint-Chinian from the Windmill
Another view of Saint-Chinian
Vineyards surround Saint-Chinian – they are beautiful at any time of year!
The historic pipe organ in the parish church
A wild narcissus patch on the edge of Saint-Chinian
Saint-Chinian town hall decorated for the national holiday, Bastille Day
The Tour de France during one of the years that it passed through the village
It would take me too many photos to show you all of the wonderful things that make us love Saint-Chinian! Come visit, to find out for yourself!