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10/29/2015

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Molly

Lynn, thanks for meeting up with us last week! We really enjoyed hearing about your experience living in France, as well as ideas for the rest of our trip!
I hope to cross paths again in the future!

Carol

That is a wonderful list, Lynn. Thank you.

Julie Farrar

Since I don't live here full time I can't comment about the health system. And my apartment is small enough to be toasty and so I don't need the heated mattress pad. But I agree with the rest. While dealing with a foreign culture as a part-time resident (rather than just traveling through) can be frustrating as I try to figure out how things work or who to call to solve problems, I've met so many interesting and kind people. But maybe I should just reverse my time in France vs. time in the States because two days before I leave the country I'm trying to take care of a leaking roof and learn about how my insurance works instead of sitting in a café drinking hot chocolate with 6 inches of chantilly and talking with a French friend about "must see" vacation spots. If this country ever got decent Mexican food it would be a lot harder to leave at the end of each of my extended stays.

My wish is that every person, at least once in their life, gets a chance to live anywhere but home long enough to fall into the rhythm of that place.

Deborah

Love this! And you're so right, Lynn. Hope you don't mind if I share ....

24/7 in France

Great list, Lynn - Living here is a continual learning curve, even after 8 years! For anyone wanting to live next to Nice in a medieval village, please check out the charming character house on my blog site, 24/7 in France.

Irmgard

Hi, Lynn. I was lucky enough to spend about two weeks in France last summer (while you were in South Carolina, sadly) and I heartily agree with #'s 5 and 9 (although I prefer a latte). The marvelous old churches hiding out in so many little towns were one of my favorite parts. I'm so happy your experiment turned out so successfully!

Kiki Ranney

Like any experience, it is what you make it. Despite all of the challenges I faced when Ole and I lived there, I truly embraced living in Vallauris and attempting to absorb the ambiance of the Cote d'Azur…..I now feel like I have a little French in my soul that I treasure. You are so right Lynn…..don't just wade into foreign waters - DIVE!

Thea Jarvis

Love your insightful list, Lynn. Can't believe it's been 12 years! Happy you haven't lost your Southern accent -- tres charmant. ❤

Kristin

Lynn, really enjoyed your list. Lately, I have been feeling so grateful for the French health care system, and for so many things you mention. And thank you for the heated mattress pad idea. Maybe this winter I can actually read in bed--with wooly gloves on!

Mark A. Kane

Hi Lynn, thanks for linking to my photographs. If contacts appear, would you like to know?

Michaela Rodeno

I have a suite of four of Mark Kane's incredible botanical closeups, and love them! (full disclosure: he's my big brother, but that doesn't stop me from being a big fan of his work.)

Sandy Vann

Merci Lynn. What a lovely, insightful list to inspire all who are fortunate enough to read your blog!
"The good life" la belle vie you refer to, is so true. We recently came across the saying: "I would rather have lots of stamps in my passport, than lots of stuff." Anyone fortunate enough to spend an extended period of time experiencing a new way of life, new culture, language, meeting friends from around the world and sharing a fabulous meal, glass of wine, incredible coffee and pastry while pondering life at a French cafe is forever enriched, changed and blessed with lasting memories. We are so enjoying time back in AZ with family, however every day reflect on our lives in France and as always are planning our return as soon as possible! Bon weekend a tous.

Natalia

Lynn,this is another wonderful post! I am in completely agreement with all ten things;
you beautifully expressed our thoughts and hearts!
THANK YOU!
The only thought I can add,at least for me,when we had extended stays with my belle mere and belle pere:
sometimes,no matter how wonderful,or how enjoyable,there will be instances when you get exasperated to the point of thinking"Oh,man! Maybe I should think about a change of scene,ASAP?!"
Well! What brought me down to earth,FAST....we wished to come here and asked to do so.
Nothing remains forever through rose colored glasses.Take a breath and smell the roses.Alittle effort is SO worth all the rewards it will reap. How blessed we are!

Judy Klinck

Lynn, I still enjoy your blog so much!! Love this list of things that create your joie de vivre! I am adding to my list now that I have retired and hope to see you soon!

Janet Hulstrand

Beautiful! And oh so true! Mille Mercis!

Derin Gemignani

Loved your lessons. I have been traveling to France every year now for the past 11 to cycle and I have pretty much covered the entire pentagon. I have to say, it was on only one occasion in that entire time that I ever encountered an arrogant Frenchman/woman. And it wasn't in Paris. It just had to do with trying to get a garage unlocked so I could retrieve my bicycle before the hotel was actually opened. The woman wouldn't budge, but finally did when she realized I was going to miss my train if she didn't "open up" before the designated hour.
Maybe it's because I am a cycling traveler, and in France, that means you basically have carte blanche and are literally treated as a pilgrim, but the French have always been so warm and welcoming and funny and interested in where I have come from and where I am going.
I say Vive la France and pass those croissants!!

Ellie

We love the life style in France, shops closed for lunch, Sundays and Monday morning. People relax enjoying the cafe life . My husband especially enjoys seeing the women well dressed and in skirts.

Joan Levine

WHEN I SAW TOM VIETH'S BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS, I WAS THRILLED. I LOVE HIS WORK. I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS WITH SUSAN AND TOM FOR YEARS. WE TOOK A FRENCH IMMERSION CLASS TOGETHER MANY YEARS AGO.
I AM IN FRANCE EVERY SUMMER FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS. SUSAN AND I HAVE SO MUCH FUN TOGETHER. YOUR BLOG IS GREAT AND I ENJOY IT IMMENSELY. JUST FOUND IT RECENTLY.

THANKS SO MUCH

JOAN

Debbie Ambrous

Lynn,
I'm home after spending almost a month in Provence and I just opened your website to read the 11 things you've learned from living in France. How fortunate you are to have lived and learned this remarkable list! I felt your words stronger since I am transitioning back to being away from France, although it's always good to be home to my own bed and bathroom, plus central heat and air. The list of what I miss would easily exceed 11 things. I'm sure you understand. But now I have 2,000 photos and a number of stories to share on my blog while I hope and plan for the next trip.
All the best,
Debbie

Colleen Taylor

Lovely post Lynn. Your list of learning is definitely living the good life. Lovely photos, artwork & scarves, I'm impressed.

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