A Year in Provence


Right before Borders closed in September, on my last trip I picked up two books: The Sweet Life in Paris, and A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. After sitting on my shelf for a few months, I finally got around to reading A Year in Provence last week, and finished it over the weekend.

I won't get into too much detail about it for those of you who haven't read it and wish to, but it was one of the best books I have read in awhile. Peter Mayle is a FANTASTIC writer, and I felt that I was right there in Provence, learning and experiencing everything with him. The one thing I really wish I could have enjoyed was all the delicious food he mentions! It all sounded delish.
Overlooking a vineyard in Provence. The wine was the most delicious wine I ever consumed.
As I read about all of Peter Mayle's adventures during his move to Provence, all I could think was "I wish I could do that." I'm not sure I could move somewhere permanently, but I think a temporary relocation abroad would be one of those amazing, once in a lifetime things that you just never, ever forget.

I think the greatest thing, besides being abroad, would be the chance to really be immersed in the culture and to "live like a local." From learning the culture, the language, and of course all about the food, it would be a great chance to do all those things you wish to as a tourist, but just don't have the time for on a typical visit. 

Have you ever thought of what it would be like to move to another country? Where did you have in mind and of course, what would you do while you were there?


  1. I have this book but have yet to read it. Hard to believe since I love Peter Mayle's stuff!

  2. Grace - Stripes & SequinsSeptember 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    I think about this daily.  I would love to live in Paris... or Provence for that matter.  The food, the people, the style... would be a dream come true!

  3. Books like this ignite my travel bug! I started reading a Peter Mayle book but then it was due at the library before I finished it! I enjoyed it though!

  4. ShareenaShaharruddinSeptember 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    It sounds like a book that will make my travel itch very very very itchy...^_^ I've experienced moving abroad for awhile (Finland)  and it was fun and I learn to appreciate Salmon fish... than I ever imagined...

  5. I can't wait to read the other books! I loved his writing style.  What were your favorites of his?

  6.  And I love how relaxed everything/everyone is. Such a dream come true!! 

  7. Ahh that sounds AMAZING! I had a bad experience with salmon and am very scared of it! I would love to hear more about Finland Shareena! 

  8. Ah, which one? I have successfully "wishlisted" all his other books on Amazon. So I can be in a constant state of  travel need.