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Your views of life in France
For me, my husband and our three daughters, life in France is a bit like a dream that you don’t want to wake up from – a very relaxing and happy place to be.
Those summer evenings we spend sitting under the cherry tree in our garden, watching the sun set over the Loire Valley, drinking delicious (and very cheap) wine and grazing on fabulous cheese and charcuterie. Monday mornings spent at the local market where I stock up on local honey, artisan bread, and tasty fresh fruit and vegetables, and also chat with friends at the bar, drinking copious amounts of coffee and gorging on warm croissants. I also find myself amused by stereotypical French scenes; like the old boy wobbling along on his ancient bicycle, with a baguette in the basket and a beret firmly secured to his head; a Citroën 2CV chugging along with the windows wide open. These are things I have witnessed in the decade I have lived in this beautiful country. I also have to mention the varied landscapes and cultures throughout France. There is something for everyone – from amazing sandy beaches to snowy mountains, from rolling hills as far as the eye can see to vibrant cities boasting incredible architecture. In conclusion, I love life in France because I never get bored. There is always something new to see, a new food to try or a new place to visit. Even the sun on my face fills me with new joy, new hope, and a new lust for life each and every day.
Clare Knott Allier