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Absolutely one of my favourite memoirs about Paris! Stuck in a copy-editing job and stagnant routine that holds little adventure, Janice finds an industrious way to buy herself two years of freedom in Europe. A few days into her stop in Paris on Rue Mouffetard, she spies a handsome butcher — yes, a butcher —…

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This is Janice MacLeod’s second book where she combines her excellent photography and artwork with stories about Paris that follow through the four seasons. It is truly a feast for the eyes and the soul. I particularly love her watercolour scenes depicting a place, a custom, a moment in Paris, reflected through Janice’s eyes. This…

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Janine’s journey begins with a trip across the English channel to pick up some cheap (but very good I am sure) French wine.  It is on that trip where Janine finds herself putting in an offer on a rundown old barn in the area of Pas de Calais. And voila, she begins her new adventure…

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This is part two of Janine’s story (author of My Good Life In France) where she illustrates how each season brings new challenges, as well as, new delights. Freezing weather in February threatens the lives of some of the four-legged locals; snow in March results in a broken arm, which in turn leads to an…

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I have read and re-read this memoir because I could relate a little to the author’s back and forth life crisscrossing the Atlantic between Paris and her home (in New York). Like me, Lisa was trying to go to Paris as often as her bank account would allow, and for her, that was several times…

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“WE wear underwear. French women wear lingerie,” is how Paris-based Kate Kemp-Griffin began her conversation with me.  And I didn’t need much convincing taking into account the sorry state of my undies.  This is the starting point for this wonderful part-memoir, part-manual, that illustrates the fact that French women inherently seem more confident about their…

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Deirdre Kelly has been a respected dance critic and fashion reporter writing for Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail. She writes eloquently about the eight visits that she has made to Paris starting out as a starry-eyed nanny or “au pair” when she was just nineteen. I was riveted…

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Kati Marton reminisces about her thrilling and turbulent life, from her days as a little girl in Budapest, where her journalist parents were imprisoned by the secret police, through her studies at the Sorbonne during the French student uprisings of the late ’60s, to a tour of duty as ABC News’s Bonn bureau chief in…

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While reading this memoir, I felt like Gayle and her husband Ralph had become my new friends.  Rather like I did when I read Peter Mayle’s books about living in Provence. This American couple are just so real and down to earth, and we can certainly relate when they fall hard for France, bit by…

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