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France on a Handshake
by Christina Pemberton
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France on a Handshake by Christina Pemberton
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Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Christina Pemberton
ISBN: 9780646872506
Trim size: 210 x 148 mm
A handshake with a fellow passenger while on an overland tour to northern Australia led us to a mystery
property in France.
We had offered to restore two gîtes, the grounds and a swimming pool in exchange for free accommodation and time to travel. With effort, imagination, and a generous float, we were confident of making the business profitable again.
The property was love at first sight. Pinching ourselves, we fell into a dreamless sleep. Two days later, our rose-coloured glasses had gone as we realized the extent of what we had committed to. Restoring holiday
accommodation for eleven guests on a rundown seven-hectare rural property.
There was a tight deadline before guests were due to arrive, and real estate agents would bring prospective purchasers.
Would there be time to immerse ourselves in French rural life and explore and travel in Europe?
The following year we returned with less responsibility. Travel, friends and property hunting kept us occupied. Two groups of friends were booked to stay in September and October.
However, unforeseen events made life very uncomfortable, and the second year climaxed in a showdown.
Could we say ‘au revoir’ to new friends and community, a cultural life we had discovered with medieval festivals, night markets, vide-greniers and concerts?
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