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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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.

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. The result is that after an impulsive, unplanned purchase of a rundown building, they now owned property in Northern France. For me it was interesting to read how one of my favourite online magazines came to be The Good Life France, and I can imagine it will be an inspiration to those out there who want to do what Janine did, turn her back on a very successful career, only to develop another one in totally different surroundings, living the good life in France. There are lots of tears and laughter along the way and quite a menagerie of dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, and geese were collected. One thing I appreciated is that Janine is honest about the fact that while she loves her neighbours and her life in France, she is still a “Townie” at heart.We’ll ask some questions on all sorts of topics – gastronomy, history, culture, language and more, and we’ll give you the answers and if you got the question right, you can award yourself some points!

There isn't much that will beat a freshly baked baguette from the boulangerie, a hunk of cheese from the fromagerie, some fresh tomatoes from the marché and a cake from the pâtisserie. I had only told about 25 of my friends, and I asked them to follow me on Facebook as Mark said I could share my blog that way with them.From her early struggles and homesickness through personal tragedy, to her attempts to become self-sufficient and to breed "the fattest chickens in the village", Janine learned that there was more to her new home than she could ever have imagined. I was already hooked by page two in the book’s first chapter, “One cold, wet day,” and read to the very last page of Chapter 24. The book could perhaps have done with more extensive descriptions of the neighbouring towns and villages in this north-east corner of France, within an easy drive of Calais and the cross-Channel ferries or Eurotunnel. We learn how neighbors help one another, like the time the Marshes nearly ran out of firewood in the middle of winter. Although I have yet to meet Janine Marsh in person (and I do hope it happens one day), I can say with 100% confidence that she is funny, humble and slightly crazy.

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. It would have been so easy for the author to have filled this book with trials and tribulations, although humorous ones always bring a note of joy. 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. When you’ve ticked off those must-see sites on your list – the Palace of Versailles, Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, a dazzling little island that makes you feel you have stepped back centuries, the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum and the sun-kissed French Riviera, the boulevards of Paris and the majestic castles of the Loire Valley - there are a million more thrilling sites and places to discover – prehistoric caves, troglodyte villages, the steep cobbled streets of Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, the medieval town of Annecy in Haute-Savoie and Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny, Normandy. everything went wrong, including an overflowing septic tank that earned Marsh the nickname Madame Merde.

At the top of her career, Janine eventually decided to give up her job in London and move with her husband to live the good life in France. Drinking wine that was made on this same vineyard, or at least, in the same region, by a friendly neighbour. She shows clearly the charms of this part of the world, and shares the pleasures of their largely rural life.

There’s nothing quite like a holiday by the water to help you relax from the stress of the daily routine. But this split life proved unsatisfactory and eventually the big question had to be faced: do we move to France? What is so often missed is the need to go to live in France as French people, not as Brits (or whatever). While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, 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. This is about living in and fixing up a several-hundred-year-old house with a small area of land in a small village in the north of France.

Not only do they build a comfortable home, they build a wonderful new life for themselves in France. That said, it is what the title says - one person's experience of adapting to life in a foreign country and attempting to become more self-sufficient.



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