They agreed on one thing before retiring-they would travel, sniff around at other countries and other lifestyles, and discover along the way which place came closest to "having it all." There they would drop anchor and go with the flow. The going has been good, so much so that these former Washingtonians have decided to make France their permanent home. They chose the city over the countryside and took on the challenges and pleasures of Aix-en-Provence, where they have been doing as the locals do for more than a decade now. The daily markets, strikes, gypsies, curious villagers, ancient traditions, truffle cheaters, pagan and religious celebrations, secret swimming spots in the middle of Marseilles-it's all there to be suffered and enjoyed. Not to mention an interest in food that borders on the obsessive. Add good weather, a pinch of hedonism, a dose of culture, and it all adds up to that elusive prize: quality of life. In this collection of vignettes, take a ride in the slow lane with Taking Root in Provence, through la France profonde, ancient Roman cities, and that wonderful blend of the old and new worlds that is today's Provence.
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Length: 212 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: March 1st 2011 by Distinction Press
I love a good, heartwarming memoir so that's exactly why I signed up for this tour, well that and the fact that I thought the cover was really cute. Simple, but I love it to pieces and it really does fit in with the book itself.
I'm obsessed with moving abroad myself and while France isn't where I want to move to I do want to visit it, and Anne-Marie's memoir just solidifies my resolve to visit there one day. After reading Taking Root, I'm feeling a little melancholy that I wasn't there to see all the sights and sounds that were happening.
I thought that Taking Root was a sweet, funny, heartwarming feel good read that I gobbled up yesterday afternoon. The way that it was written was just so honest, I couldn't help but like Anne-Marie and Oscar and was glad to be able to share in their adventures of living in Provence even though it was only through reading the book.
Overall, I thought this was a great read and I'm very glad I signed up for the tour because it was a great pick me up. I would recommend Taking Root in Provence to fans of memoirs and travelogues and who want to see what life is like in France.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
I read this book for the following reading challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge
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