I am not reading anything at the moment since I am on vacation. I’m spending most of my time walking, visiting, learning and talking with my baby girl. However I did upload two books to read when I get some downtime, Paris Forever and Lunch in Paris. Essentially they are about women who decided to stop everything in their native countries and move to France. I am interested to see what things in particular drove them to simply quit their comfort zone and take the plunge in a foreign country, and why France. I know why it would be France for me, it’s because I equate France with strong family ties, I’m curious what pulled them here, if not for family.
Jackie Dolby said:
Well I’ve been reading Henry VIII by Allison Weir but that is not what I wanted to comment on. I think the reason someone would pick up and leave everything they know for France, at least why I might if I didn’t have a family, is the sophisticated yet simple lives. In your last entry you said you felt frumpy. First you are FAR from frumpy but I get what you were saying. The women in Paris are effortlessly breathtaking in their fashion sense but at the same time, you get your meat from a butcher, your bread from a baker etc. The shops are small and intimate. The countryside is full of wonderful people with a lifetime of tradition. In case you can not tell, when I spent only 4 days in Paris, I fell in love. Although I love being an American, a foreign country like France still holds a magical quality. Centuries of history still visible. Traditions from long ago still alive in the young.
I hope you and your daughter have a wonderful vacation. And I LOVE Angelina’s hot chocolate too…..
You get exactly what I meant, hooray! It is hard to explain how they make it seem so easy, voila I am chic. Henry the VIII was such a complex individual and a study in contrast. He did much to help Elizabeth be the success that she was when he laid out the groundwork for the British navy. It is a shame that he was such a lug head when it came to the ladies.
Vickie Lester said:
Have you read “The Piano Shop on the Left Bank’ by Thad Carhart? It’s a beautiful book by an ex-pat about feeling at home in Paris…
Sorry that it took me so long, wifi troubles overseas. Thanks for commenting, I have heard of the book and I looked for it to download on the iPad but I didn’t find it. I do have plans to read it. I can see that you enjoyed it.