I've got a book for you to dig into as the weather becomes warmer and the idea of living where you vacation might be appealing...
A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle can only be described as a delightful story. Through the course of one year, the writing makes you feel as though you are experiencing the trials and tribulations of buying a 200 year old home in Provence and trying to renovate it while enjoying a revolving door of guests.
As any book that would appeal to a foodie would do, the story begins with a fabulous meal to mark the new year in their new home. As the year progresses, and the work on their home starts-stops-starts-stops-starts and eventually gets finished, Peter Mayle and his wife learn to love and appreciate food and wine as much as the French do.
The vivid and often funny descriptions of what they go through kept me coming back for more... I wanted to know what would happen the next month. This is not a book that chronicles each and every detail of their life as they renovate their home or explore the food in their new country, but hits on the more entertaining highlights. His writing about the food, flavors, wines, the people... the brutal Mistral winds that kick in during the winter months... it captivated me.
After reading this book, I've added Provence to my wish list of places to visit... I want to visit the bakeries and learn about the breads. It is described as an art within these small villages and one bakery had a menu that detailed what bread to serve with what type of meal... now, that's a place I need to visit!
In an effort to keep his wine cellar filled for all of the guests who endlessly invited themselves to visit, he visited a local vineyard and had a tasting with the owner... who was an incredible salesman. He ended up leaving with several cases of different wines, his guests must have had a fabulous time when they came to visit.
If you have ever considered buying a home where you love to vacation, this is a perfect book to read. Even if you haven't and you just want a peek into the life if an English couple who decides to pick up and move to France... and renovate a centuries-old home while enjoying some incredible food, then you will enjoy this book.
I'm adding his follow-up book, A Good Year, to my reading list as well.
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