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But you are in France, Madame: One family, three children, five bags and the promise of adventure living in the French Alps Kindle Edition
Before sitting down, I introduced myself using my first name, and put out my hand to be shaken. He mumbled back his full name as he took my hand, although I suspect he would have been shocked if I had actually dared use it. By this stage, I had already understood that teachers did not expect to be questioned about their practices. Of course, I did—question him, that is; politely and almost deferentially. There was a slight pause, as he dipped his head to better digest what he had heard. Then, with the assurance of a perfect, unarguable answer, he replied, “But you are in France, Madame”.
Some months before, my husband, three children and I had casually unzipped and discarded our comfortable Australian lifestyle and slipped on life in the country of haute couture. On arrival, there was no celebrity designer waiting for us, ready to pin and fit our new life to us; so we threw it on and wore it loosely, tightly, uncomfortably, any old how—until we learned for ourselves how to trim, hem and stitch à la française. This book is testament to the joyous, but not always easy, journey that we took along the way.
Our story ‘But you are in France, Madame’ was written from the heart. If you love France, reading about France, are curious about the lives of others or are planning your own trip to France, then this might just be the book for you.
- ASIN : B01BN54FXS
- Publisher : Catherine P M Berry (10 February 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 2912 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 381 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #322,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
It’s the story of a family constantly changing houses and neighbours,, with a father constantly away on business, and a mother who is trying to keep family life going. But although there’s a lot about holidays, skiing, sightseeing, restaurants and shopping, the book does shed light on how it feels like to be a foreigner living in a French community.
The author comes over as delightfully wide-eyed, forthright, friendly and fun, but as the world knows, this doesn’t necessarily cut the mustard in France, and her perseverance is praiseworthy.
Their time in France is described with touching detail, and the book is written with a light, clear hand and a pleasing self-deprecating humour.
Anyone contemplating living in France should read it.