A Family in Paris: book review
A Family in Paris tells the story of Jane Paech, an Australian mum who moves to Paris with her husband and two daughters. Her family relocates as her husband accepts a two year post at the Paris office of the wine importing company he works for.
Her story is told frankly and intimately of her new home set up, working through the French education system with her daughters and making a new life for herself in the famous City of Lights.
Beautiful photos throughout the book bring to life the cafes, schools, shops and markets frequented by the family. Special images of Paris and Parisians and personal family shots bring it all alive to the reader.
Jane tells the story of herself, Georgie and Annabelle (aged 8 and 4) chronologically from the moment they step out of their hotel on arrival in Paris to when they pack up their apartment, snap their suitcases shut and head to Charles de Guille for their return to Australia. Many adventures and stories are shared about their years spent in Paris which extends from the initial planned two years to six and a half years.
Diverse topics are covered as the reader steps in and out of their lives. Scarf wearing styles, the Jardin du Luxembourg, milk types, the history of French champagne, houses, school homework and the complexities of foie gras are just a few.
I have spent some time as a tourist in Paris but would love the opportunity to live as a local for a couple of years and really explore the city and immerse myself in everyday life, so this book very much appealed to me with its real life situations and experiences. I devoured A Family in Paris with longing of one who would love to do just as Jane did.
This is a great book if you want to transport yourself into everyday Parisian life; and lets face it, if you are reading this post, you probably would! The photos and images are real and beautiful and as a coffee table book or personal library addition it is certainly a book to inspire and fuel your dream of visiting or living in Paris.
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