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

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

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

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Life is a fairy tale if you have the courage to follow your dreams, the difficulty will be in the joy of being where your soul takes you. People see smoke coming out of her chimney, word spreads, and soon there is a traffic jam in the tiny downtown.

No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. The author’s joy, frustration, enthusiasm and curiosity for her new homeland shines through as she recounts her experiences with humour, from administrative struggles to homesickness and personal tragedy, to her love for chickens and stray animals. She describes the ins and outs of the French bureaucracy, French driving customs, and the proper way to kiss a person in greeting. Janine has a very readable style and reading this felt as though I was catching up with a friend’s about what had been going on in their life.The very last section detailed a lot of things expats moving to France should know about French law and French customs and culture that will help them. She gave up a sensible job in London, where she was born, to renovate a bargain basement barn and turn it into a home - an ongoing project.

Sure, there will be red tape and difficulties and builders who don’t understand the concept of keeping appointments. There are times when France smells better than any place on earth…the boulangerie early in the morning when the baguettes are still warm, sun-soaked lavender in July, the cheesy blast that hits you over the head in a Michelin restaurant when the server rolls back the cover of the chariot de fromages. Here in the countryside, people may not be wealthy or live in swish posh houses, but in so many ways the good life is all around if you take the time to find it. I don’t think you need to be a Francophile to enjoy this – if you like memoirs on moving and cultural clashes, I think you would enjoy this! This book follows them through the good, the bad, the hard, and the amusing times, it portrays the quirkinesses of the French, who can be hugely amusing and it was really entertaining.Country people in France, as in other countries, tend to be kinder and more helpful, often with a truculent sense of humour. It was a really easy way to pick up the accent, to hear how French people pronounce things the French way and also to get the trend of the language. We’ve been enjoying Christmas and a traditional Boxing Day in Sydney at my sister’s beautiful new home feasting on food, watching the cricket and then start of Sydney to Hobart yacht race before dashing to the cliffs to watch the racing yachts sail past. 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. So, it’s great to read an account of someone who saw the experience less of a triumph over adversity, and more of a blending with the local landscape, its culture, its traditions, and its people.

He now says he wouldn’t have done that but it made me realise how important it was to him, and I had a choice – love or money. It was a well- rounded adventure and included acquiring four legged and two legged animals with compassion.

Just recently I spent time again in the tiny charming Place de Furstemberg in Paris with its romantic lamp posts and elegant boutiques. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride, in many ways a love story, with her sharp observation on the very different way of life, culture and etiquette of France. Overall, I would stress that kindness and consideration for others goes a long way anywhere and everywhere. Seller has stated it will dispatch the item within 1 working day upon receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab .

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