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P. Stern

I too have been travelling to France for the past 15 years. I dream constantly of buying a home and living in France permanently. What a great experience! I would love to know the ups and downs of finding a home, rebuilding a home, and maintaining that home. Since I am a big fan of this blog and have found the information very informative, I would love the chance to read this book!

MCD

I too have a love affair with France. I have visited various places throughout Europe over the last 12 years and I still return to France. I vividly recall my first visit, stepping out of the metro to be presented with the most beautiful pink clouds...whenever I am there I feel as though I have come home. as American married to Brit we constantly talk about moving there and I have no doubt we will end up there. I am always interested in reading others experiences with moving countries and particularly as they relate to France.

Marcus

If I make 20 comments do I have 20 chances to win?

Tara

I have a bit of a love affair with France going on... only thing is that I have never been there. I am French, and to this day I still have family in Normandy, La Rochelle and Rochefort. I have always wanted to visit France and I hope to one day made that dream come true.

Linda

I'm lucky enough to live in France myself. I love the area around St Remy but am further north nearer Aix. Anyway, I'd like to have a chance to win that book!

Patricia

I have just returned from a 3 week mother /daughters (10 & 13)trip to Paris and Provence. It was a magical enchanting experience that covered everything from food to Velibs; gardens to horses riden thru vineyards. They learned what makes France so enchanting - it is all in the details...We would love to win your book!

Sharon M Garcia

I am in love with rural France. I would love to retire there. Although I have been to Europe in the past I have never traveled in France or Italy. I was raised on a farm in Lancaster County, PA (USA) and could really get into the rural life that is so hard to find here.

Deb

This book sounds fabulous. I have dreamed of living in France since I was a little girl. Even at 45 I still dream of living in France. Though I doubt that dream will ever come true this book will continue to keep my dream alive and give it some color. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

Margeaux

After living in Florence for some time, I didn't think any other city/country could compare. But from what friends have told me, Paris and other areas of France are equally wonderful.

Perhaps Ms. Archer's book will make me run--as opposed to walking slowly--to buy that plane ticket to France.

Thank you. Margeaux

Brian Franklin

Sounds like a wonderful experience, and an interesting book. I have empathy with all this due to the fact that my wife and I have had a similar experience in the Roannaise region. We have planted our souls into this region of Franc during the last 10 years, or more, having renovated recently a large 'cuvage' (wine-making barn) with some French friends, using local artisans.

We are now trying to tell people about this beautiful part of France via our own dedicated website. We have thought seriously about producing a book about our experiences - maybe one day!

Bruce

My wife and myself are fortunate to own a house in France and at present we can only visit for short holidays. We are approaching retirement and really look forward to spending months rather than weeks in our 'little corner of France' with our dogs. We both love reading books about France and this book sounds as though it will be an excellent read.

George

Bonjour mes amis,
My Wife & I were lucky enough to by a house in a tiny hamlet in the Charente, earlier this year. It was a dream come true for sure & although unable to move in just yet, the warmth shown to us by our neighbours and local people is really quite humbling. We're of an age where we remember politeness, good manners & being neighbourly, etc, etc in the UK but sadly, not any more but in France however, these principals still exist. The French know just how to live a good, quality way of life & we cannot wait to join them.

Denise Singleton

I have lived in rural France for 16 years but am always interested in other people's versions of "life in France" so I'd love a copy of your book.

Doris Solomon

I WENT TO PARIS, FRANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN JUNE, 2002. MY FIVE SENSES WERE "INTOXICATED" ALL THE TIME DURING MY STAY!!!!!!! I WENT BACK IN 2004, 2006, 2007 AND HOPEFULLY 2008. I TOOK A FRIEND OF MINE FOR 9 DAYS AND SHOWED HER THE CITY. I KNEW MY WAY AROUND AND I FELT GREAT! PARIS IS IN MY MIND EVERYDAY! I THANK GOD THERE IS PARIS, BECAUSE I KNOW MANY OF US ARE FULL OF ENERGY AND JOY JUST TO HAVE PARIS IN THEIR THOUGHTS!!!!! IF I GET STRESSED OUT DURING THE DAY, I MEDITATE ABOUT PARIS AND "INTOXICATE" MY FIVE SENSES AGAIN!!!!!

THANKS GOD FOR PARIS!!!!!!!!!

Emrys R. SPARKS

My wife and I now both retired, bought a 200 year old, wreck of a cottage, in a small (250 inhabitants )wine making village, in the Lot region 1n 1989. Until retirement we could only visit for a few weeks each year, but since 2000, we spend about 5 months altogether per year in the house. We are the only English in the village, and have be made very welcome by all, and get many invites to all our neighbours for supper etc. They say we are "there" English and we have been adopted into the village.The countryside is beautiful and everyone describes it as " tranquille ", which I think really sums it up perfectly.

We have the advantage of "two lives " since we moved from London, into the Bedford countryside in 2000, and our now beautifully restored cottage in "our" village in France.We count ourselves as very lucky.

Wendy

Anybody who wants to renovate an old house in France should know that to do any job, you have to do 3 other jobs first and at least one of those is impossible!

Malcolm

One day I too hope to own a property in France, I have been dreaming for a few years now and the time has come where my kids have left the nest and my mortgage is nearly paid off, so recently my wife and i have been reading about moving and looking for properties in Brittany and Normandy, there are so many beautiful houses, it is very hard to choose, we may go over next year and do some viewings, I wish I was there now...................

Tina Hamilton

The book sounds wonderful. Other recommended 'must-reads' for anyone contemplating moving to this lovely country are Suzy Kelly's books (I have read 'Two steps backward' and am currently enjoying 'A perfect circle' - see Craig's review link above)

Mags

When I was offered THE job and the career ladder loomed large in front of me I thought nothing of moving to France.
It was just another country.
Now, 9 years on, having done the mid-life crisis and quit the daily grind for a more relaxed way of life, my love affair crept up on me and when faced with the choice of staying or going; staying wins hands down every time.
My glasses are not rose coloured by any means, as France, like any, has its flaws and peculiarities, but like any good lover it has a charisma all of its own and new delights are to be found every day.
But please, please shout the praise quietly lest that which was the attraction is destroyed!

Kathy Keszkowski

Just reading the beautiful words about France relaxes me. I have never been to France, but am planning a trip for the summer of '08 with my husband. I am listening to tapes and reading in order to learn as many French words as I can before our trip!

Amy

I've never been to France, but until I can make the trip on my own, thank you to websites such as This French Life and books such as Vicki Archer's which allow me to enjoy France vicariously! Now, if I could only master the language . . .

Patt

Bonjour!

My daughter and I arrived in Paris, May 1,07 and was greeted by The Red Cross with a small bunch of Lilly of the Valley flowers. Every sign was in french in the train station. We walked many street in Paris, and came across fruit, floral and meat markets, one floral shop that cought my eye with orchids, geraniums and roses I went inside and even more beauty with a Aviary with exotic birds, the beauty of this floral shop inspired my to some day open my own shop.

Lesley adams

I lived in Brittany france for 10 yrs and i loveed my life there. Whenever i return the smell hits me first a drink in the fresh air and then all my memories come flooding back. Unfortunately i returned to uk to look after my mother who was dying of cancer. My partner of the time left me and i had to sell my home to pay him out. Ironically i returned to france to look after my father in 2005 to nurse him through cancer of the brain. He never gave up on france regardless of his illness and he had a lovely life there. I now am looking for a property to return to the life i once had. I would love to read this book and drink in vickies experiences close my eyes and dream of france. So good luck everyone Lesley xx

jo zink

I feel as if I live & breath French. I have always had an illusion of what it would be like to go to Paris and found my way there on my 50th birthday. I fell in Love with France & had tears in my eyes when I was leaving to come back home. We went to our favorite restaurant that we wandered into the first day there and the waiter said why dont we just stay? It was so tempting but reluctantly we left for home and we wait for our return one lovely day.
Jo ~

roger

I would find it very difficult to put my roots down in any particular region of France. Like you all, I adore France - all of France. With different cultures within the different culture, countryside and scenery that varies with every department and a chance to make new friends with every visit. I find at the moment that 'holidaying' gives me a chance to see the France that being tied down to one region would inhibit.

Leslie Martin

ah, quelle belle histoire. on peut toujours rever.

Sue Madill

I too am having a love affair with France, my dear friend and her husband bought a home in France just outside of Gavray Normandy. My family and I have spend a few vacations there and it was like going home every time we went. This year they sold the house, now I guess it is my turn to buy one. I know one day we will, in fact I have stopped buying things for my Canadian home, one day I am going to sell it all and move to France.
Sue

Craig McGinty

The competition has now CLOSED and thanks to my random number generator comment number 12 from George, posted on November 7 was the winner.

Many thanks to everyone who left a message and it's clear that people have a real love affair with living life the French way...

All the best
Craig

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