A beautifully photographed romantic book about French style and culture?and making a new home in Provence In 1999, Vicki Archer, with her husband and three children, made a lifelong dream a reality when she bought a seventeenth-century property in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. She spent three years lovingly restoring the farmhouse, bringing back to ...Read MoreA beautifully photographed romantic book about French style and culture?and making a new home in Provence In 1999, Vicki Archer, with her husband and three children, made a lifelong dream a reality when she bought a seventeenth-century property in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. She spent three years lovingly restoring the farmhouse, bringing back to life the abandoned apple and pear orchards, and planting an olive grove of more than two thousand trees. In "My French Life," Vicki shares an insider's view of life in France? from its landscapes, delicious food, and scents to its charming people. And she offers an intimate portrait of what it's like to adopt a new home on the other side of the globe. It's a personal tale of taking risks, facing challenges, and the joyous experience of falling in love with all things French. With lavish four-color photography that captures the essence of French style, "My French Life" is a book to cherish. It is the perfect gift for the holidays.Read Less
Buying property in France seems to be a popular theme with Australian writers these days, and the Archer book does not disappoint in any way as she takes us through the restoration of her country mas. She adapts to French traditions in restoring the mas and introduces us to their customs and artisans as the work progresses all the while making it seem that she melded effortlessly into the French culture. The book is sectioned into the four seasons of the year, each season describing a new aspect of living in France. She makes new friends, tends to her olive trees, shares recipes and takes side trips to Paris and the south of France. She nicely shares in her Index the names and addresses of her favorite stores, restaurants and music if anyone wants to follow in her footsteps. The phographs are beautiful and I liked her sophisticated slant to her story. It is a nice book to have on hand in the guest room. The book arrived in good condition.
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