- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: The Orpen Press (Dec 9 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909895385
- ISBN-13: 978-1909895386
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
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A French Renaissance?: An Irish Family Moves to France Paperback – Jul 31 2014
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
A bit grumpy
April 25, 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
No pictures in Kindle version at all and very few when you try to find listing online...also he focused a lot on the trades people who raised their prices because, hello, he had bought one of the largest and nicest chateaux in the area and how cheated he felt by them - comes across as someone who expects to be treated badly and therefore is. Where are the stories more like the Grape Year series? That writer had problems too but she wrote about the happiness of her journey.
December 5, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
This was a fun read. Everything that happened to Eamon in the first third of the book are things we always advise our guests who are looking for houses ( we have a B n B and gites i near St Antonin Noble Val) to stay away from large acres of land cos it needs looking after, dodgy workers and aoutas! The first time I had them they travelled right up to my neck over a month till I presume they burnt themselves out! I was so paranoid about catching them again.....the itching was soooo nasty I was raw from head to foot.....I wouldn't walk in grass without socks etc. A gardener told me that if I got them again to smother my ankles ( where they usually start) in olive oil and wrap them in cling film to smother the bastards! It works....and now at last there is a spray you can get to keep them away. Trust me you don't want them. Enjoyed the book but what amazes me about peeps is that Eamon had a few years to learn all about the pitfalls of living in France, the beaurocracy is a nightmare for a start, the stuff about land perimeters, the French are obsessive, we once had a french guy spitting in our face because we had planted a tree 3 foot from his land, it needs to be 9 ft. I suppose because we had worked as estate and house managers in England we knew the pitfalls of excessive land, what pools took to run in time and effort and general maintenance problems. We decided to buy a house with a small garden then two more 2 hrs away. All three we renovated over 3 yrs with a bit of help....don't know how we did it in that time and now 2 are a successful B and B and Gite and the other we rent out on a long let. We did read everything we could before we came here about what problems might happen so we were prepared..... However nothing prepares you for the arrogance of the French. Bless them......they think they know everything and will tell you so at every given opportunity! We love living here however and do not want to go back to the UK ....hope Eamon and his family feel the same.
July 15, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Entertaining and fun
W. A. Atherton
A great read!
July 15, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
A great read full of Do's and Don'ts of making a permanent move to France.
A must for potential ex-pats.
A must for potential ex-pats.
If your not it is still a fun read.
February 28, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
If you are thinking/planning a move to France you must read this. If your not it is still a fun read.