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NewsletterJuly 2016

Summer Reading!

With summer finally here what better way to enjoy the sun, than sunbathing and reading a good book at the same time! Here are some on my favorite books related to France.

This first book started me off learning French. Let's just say it's not the type of French I thought I'd learn from a book!

Merde!: the Real French You Were Never Taught at School (Sexy Slang Series) Kindle Edition: Learn all the French slang, dirty words, and necessary tools of communication your teachers left out of their lesson plans with this essential survival guide to understanding everyday French.

More about the 14th Century than France. But a great read nevertheless!

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century: The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. In this revelatory work, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries, and guilty passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and "furious follies," a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."

The definative book about the liberation of Paris.

Is Paris Burning? Bestselling authors and renowned journalists Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre spent three years researching this book, drawing on French Resistance radio messages, German military records, countless interviews, and secret correspondence between de Gaulle, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower. Here they re-create the drama, the fervor, and the triumph that heralded one of the most dramatic events of our time.

If you have ever been an American in Paris you can relate.

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris: In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, hungry to learn and to excel in their work. What they achieved would profoundly alter American history.

An Australian in Paris.

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris: The charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure--and the love of her life--in Paris.

Discover this little known wine region.

Jura Wine: With Local Food and Travel Tips: At last, a book that uncovers the secrets of the fascinating wines of the gorgeous Jura region in eastern France. Author Wink Lorch, who has been writing about these wines for over a decade, offers technical discussions on the wines, an insight into the region's history and shares the untold stories of over 90 wine producers, from the smallest to the largest.

By longtime American in Paris Harriet Welty Rochefort.

Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French: An engaging exploration of the style that permeates all things French-perfect for anyone looking to achieve that classic French flair.

New from Le French Book.

The Rare Earth Exchange (Larivière Espionage Thrillers Book 2): Panic strikes at the highest levels of the French government when the former president is found hanging from the rafters in his home right after a terrorist attack at the airport. Is it suicide or assassination? Freelance operative John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained partner Victoire, and their computer-genius sidekick Luc must find out what he was hiding. Quickly, the investigation turns into a globe-spanning confrontation in a world of high-frequency trading where manipulation and corruption reign. Larivière races against the clock to find out who is pulling the strings.

On Sale!

For the month of July my three ebook are 50% off at Smashwords. They are: Autrefois - France of Yesteryear & Today, French Road Signs and Southern Burgundy Explorer - Insiders' guide to châteaux, churches, wine & more. Use code 'SSW50'.

Jan & Jeff

It's been another month of Jan & Jeff. June's episodes:

Flooding & Lemonade in France
Vide Greniers in France

Events & Web

Souillac Jazz Festival: July 16-23, 2016.
La Roche Bluegrass: My town's yearly Bluegrass Festival takes place August 4-7, 2016.
Bonjour Adventure: A woman traveling and creating excitement as an expat in France
Los Angeles Wine Tasting: Since 2004 Los Angeles Wine Tasting has been producing lifestyle wine events for consumers but also trade (wine & food) & media. We aim at creating a unique event experience! We just love thinking outside the glass!
Panache Rental: Luxury Apartment Rentals in Paris, London, Venice, Rome and French Country Villa Rentals. Enjoy our personalized service in choosing your European holiday rental.
Maison Conti: Historic house/Bed & Breakfast for sale in France.
Normandie-World War II International Film Festival: June 2 to June 6, 2017, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France.


Global Insurance Net: If you are thinking about moving to France you will need health insurance to get your visa. A great company that will help you with this is Global Insurance Net. I found out about Global Insurance Net in 2003 through another expat and have been recommending them ever since with no regrets. Carlos Perez the President, CEO of Global Insurance Net has always been very easy to work with.
In short expatriates looking for insurance should start with Global Insurance Net.

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