Jan and Marion, you live here in the Dordogne valley since 2014. Let me start with the question that probably everyone asks: any regrets?
Jan: No (laughs). We live a beautiful life here. I am completely relaxed here and I really needed that. I am physically much more active now, which is nothing but beneficial for my health. Returning to hectic Belgium? No, thank you, I’ll pass.
Marion: Regrets, no, me neither. Although I do miss my former colleagues sometimes, and the library of Ghent, because Souillac’s library is really not its equal.
You now call the Dordogne valley your home, in a region ideally suited to tourism. Did you visit the area before on a holiday, and did that inform your choice?
Marion: No, not at all. We had never heard of the Lot, let alone of Rocamadour or Sarlat! Chance brought us here, but we could not have picked better ourselves. There is so much to see and do here, even us have not been everywhere yet. Castles, beautiful villages, caves, …
Jan: And everything here revolves around food and drink!