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Living France - - Contents -

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

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