Lessons in Living a French Life

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Our journey to create a new life in Burgundy, France

It started with a trip to see Mary Magdalene...

When you approach Vezelay from the road below, you are instantly captivated. Set atop a hill in a peaceful, rolling Burgundian countryside just an hour and a half from Paris, the village beacons you to her basilica and you have no choice but to go. You make the climb through her medieval streets on foot, allowing yourself the time to take in the architecture, the aromas of dejuner cooking in petite local restaurants, and mingle with other pilgrims who have found themselves drawn to the village for the day. For me, I was so enchanted that it washed me in the desire to create a new chapter in my life.

The search for our forever home in Burgundy continues. Like France's medieval villages, our journey is a winding path. We must find the right restoration project at the right time. They say that a village in France selects you first before all other steps can fall into place. I hope Vezelay smiles upon us and guides us to our forever home. I left a petition at the reliquary of Mary Magdalene asking for just that.

Specifically, I desire a beautiful old home and relish a challenging restoration project. Yes, it is hard work. Yes, the demand on the checkbook requires creative thinking. But old homes seem so sad and neglected that I just want to rescue them. Slowly, give them a new life and feel the walls comfort us in their continued history. From original 18th-century parquet floors to 13th-century vaulted cellars, I want to create an elegant, yet comfortable village house with plenty of warmth and authentic character that I can share with others. I envision four guest rooms beautifully appointed with period-inspired bathrooms, and public gathering spaces offering a relaxing spot to read or become acquainted with soon to be new friends. My vision includes: Dining al fresco on delicious homemade meals prepared using fresh ingredients gathered at the weekly farmer's market. Savoring local wines collected on a bike ride through the rolling hills of the region. Touring historical sites and learning the source of the village's rich culture. Discovering local brocantes and shops and finding a treasure that must accompany you home.

For now, we continue to explore the region and learn all we can about the process of purchasing a home in France. We will share our continued story through our Weekly Voilas.  Be sure to join our email list to learn more about our adventure as the details develop.

We are open to possibilities and ready when the village calls.

À bientôt,

Karen and Tim


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