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Extracts from Sharon’s book ‘My French Desire’ – travel & buying property experiences

‘What makes France and things French so desirable? Is it the food, the language, the people, the countryside, the architecture? I was asking myself these tres difficile questions in my miserable kind of mood brought on by the news that the contract we had on our first French property had fallen through. In typical French femme fatal fashion, the ex-wife half of the vendor party, after originally signing the initial contract over three months ago, had changed her mind, no doubt as some sort of punishment to inflict on her ex-husband. Besides having no compassion for her former spouse, she obviously gave little thought to the far away Australian couple who had fallen in love with their 19th century village maison which, based on its condition, has not been lived in for some time.’  

          …from the ‘Prelude’ and from ‘Third trip: thrilling, thieving and thrifty’…

‘My love of photography had extended to capturing old French men doing typically French things. I particularly liked those in berets or carrying baguettes under their arms or playing boules against the backdrop of the clay ground or sitting on chairs in the park. One day doing this I upset an old fellow who was sitting on a chair in the Jardin de Tuileries seemingly asleep, basking in the warmth of the sun on a crisp morning. In hindsight, I probably spent too long setting the scene up and got too close in order to better capture what was to be one of my good old men shots. The next thing we knew he was shouting abuse at us and chasing us down the street. We popped into a jewellery store on the Rue de Rivioli to hideout and tried to feign interest in their expensive stock before making our way as quickly as we could to the Concorde metro where we managed to lose him.’

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