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NewsletterDecember 2016

Seasons Greetings/Joyeuses Fêtes from Americans in France!

Photos from a walk through the Christmas market in Annecy.

Cupcakes for sale.

Sugar food.

Organic mulled wine.

Pont Perrière.

The market.

Decorative lights.

Annecy from across its lake.

Traffic in France

Driving in France in December? Here's the traffic estimation for the month.

Winter Reading

Forever is Not for Everyone: As a World War II historical biography and present-day memoir, Forever is Not for Everyone illuminates the story of one daughter's search for the forgotten life of her deceased father, a war hero she never got a chance to know. Fatherless at the age of three and armed with a life-long desire to uncover the past, a telephone conversation with a total stranger propels her forward on a journey to the invasion beaches of Normandy, France, to a picturesque hill town in Belgium, and to a fateful crossroad in a remote area just over the German border.
A Baguette a Day: My First Year in Saint Antonin: A Baguette a Day is a must-read for anyone thinking about living in France. Its journal format is loaded with anecdotes that will enlighten every reader about life in France and how the French live it. It makes Peter Mayle's journal A Year in Provence look like a lightweight. This book is the heavyweight champion, in size and scope, for helping people understand what their first year of living in France might be like. You can read every page or skip to sections that interest you.
The Nightingale: Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration, and Insights from the Painter's Gardens: This completely revised edition of Elizabeth Murray's best-selling book offers new text, new images, and new garden plans based on Claude Monet's spectacular gardens at Giverny. A professional gardener and artist, Murray helped to restore the Giverny gardens in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site, where she returns annually to capture Monet's passion at its most radiant and riotous. In this redesigned, updated edition, Murray discusses the development and history of Monet's Giverny estate and brings new insight to Monet s approach to gardening and design.

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