Falling for France wasn’t part of the Mediterranean honeymoon agenda. Pale rosé, languid lunches on a sun-dappled terrace, and a dash of reckless abandon may have been to blame.
Americans Gayle Smith Padgett and her husband, Ralph, leap into a long-distance love affair with La Belle France.
Two decades and many beguiling assignations later, they finally launch a quest for a nest in Provence. Despite a lack of French skills and connections, the couple plunges full-time into French life.
Through a series of faux pas and lucky encounters, they unlock intriguing mysteries, including France’s food-first policy and its dependence on Gallic shrugs. With self-deprecating humour and quirky candour, the author reveals insightful secrets in Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie.
This delightful memoir will inspire you to pack your bags for Provence—for a sweet sojourn or, just maybe, a longer stay.
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