We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The south of France is a hiking paradise. Well preserved Roman ruins, medeival towns, wonderful rivers and hills, excellent food and drink, different people than in Paris. If your French is serviceable go far afield and you will experience France beyond the tour books.
Warning: our first trip was for 2 weeks. The second a month. The third year was for the summer.