Well, we arrived over here on the 5th Nov, so have been here over a month now. What a culture shock initially, but now that we are in our house it's a lot better. We live about 15 mins out of Aix-en-provence near a small town called Saint Cannat. We are pretty much in the country, so it's really peaceful and quiet.
Some of the people over here are really nice and some are not. Generally if they think you are a Pom or a Yank they wont give you the time of day. So it's best to establish that you are a kiwi in the first few seconds of any conversation:)