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My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream (The Good Life France)

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Today, I’m excited to welcome someone who not only lives in France, but also has visited every corner of it. While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Francaise, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating or proper rooms, and with little money and less of a clue, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined. Despite the best efforts of my neighbours to teach me (oh the horrified expression when I confess to being useless in the kitchen) I’m still at the basic stage. This memoir-guide is entertainingly narrated and simultaneously packed with useful information disseminated via a blend of readable and practical. I love my books, I have more than 4,000 and had to renovate the pig sty so I had somewhere to keep them all.

Janine introduces us to her story in the early pages by setting out the three distinct categories that she feels expats fall into. In My Good Life in France, she narrates the true story of negotiating the local inhabitants, French bureaucracy, tradesmen, culture and etiquette.I enjoy being a contributor to The Good Life France and getting to know Janine and the other contributors. Author Janine Marsh and her husband Mark have quite the culture shocks, not just from moving from the UK to France, but from moving from a very urban lifestyle to a very rural one. She was fascinated by my story, about giving up corporate life for love, living in the country with more than 60 animals, and starting a blog. In fact the 'Allo 'Allo type narration is a little bit cringe worthy in places, I think i'd have preferred the author to actually narrate this herself but c'est la vie (see what I did there). Aigues Mortes Boutique Hotel The hotel is housed in a 17th-century merchant’s house in the fortified, medieval village of Aigues Mortes, nestled between the Rhône River Delta and the Mediterranean Sea.

Janine Marsh shares a collection of little stories and anecdotes but fails to form a coherent, interesting tale with which the reader can connect. As I wind down from lunch with the family, and take a brief moment to relax and breathe before I start preparing the pastry for the Tarte Citron for our New Year’s Eve dinner party guests, I thought I’d pop in and wish you a very happy New Year! A few people, approached us when we were having coffee or breakfast at the inn, shook our hands (something especially the young French do now instead of the cheek-kissing), and asked if we got our possessions back.For me, every page of this captivating book held something different to learn about, food, history, renovation, quirky sayings, and not least the enormous differences between our two cultures, even though we are only separated by the English Channel. Barely a month goes by without the dull thud through my letter box of another literary account of someone’s exploits in moving to live in France. Many others would have headed back to the UK (or wherever home was) rather than endure more cold and wet.

That was tough, but being immersed like that made me absorb more because I had no choice but to speak French.If experiencing the very best of France – refined cuisine, fabulous wines, 5-star hotels, and VIP travel experiences, are on your dream holiday, let Osprey Boutique Travel create your next French break. Seller has stated it will dispatch the item within 1 working day upon receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab . Janine Marsh is a busy lady, but she took the time to answer my questions related to her book and back story.

Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. This is an English woman’s memoir of how she moved to rural northern France - bottom line: moving to a new country ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. If you’ve ever dreamed of discovering “the real France,” you won’t want to miss this delightful book.We’re going to take a light-hearted look at some of the common stereotypes about the French - from fashion to rudeness and smoking like chimneys. It’s a feeling that I can relate to – no matter how much you love a country and its people, there’s only so far you can assimilate because you did not grow up there.

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