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I read MY GRAPE YEAR last, of the three Grape memoirs.
I’m so glad Laura didn’t go to Belgium or Switzerland but to France. The Ursus Club had a trip to Burgundy and the members in Laura’s country felt Laura was mature enough to go to France, except one of them. This member was very much against students taking yearlong assignments in France because he stated every student they have sent on a France exchange has met with disaster.
Laura has an exchange with four families during her year in France, it’s usually two families. She attended one year of High School there and was lucky gain a good friend in Sandrine. One of the goals of this exchange was to learn the language, in which Laura was fluent in by the time her year was up. I don’t know if she would have been this fluent with Flemish.
Laura experienced many things during her year in France. Good eating and wine drinking were two of them. She was given wine to drink with no reservation at each host family’s home, even though at the last home the family was rarely at home -- at least they didn’t lock her out the door (read the book to know why I made this statement).
Along the way of enjoying the food, wine, learning the language and attending school in France, she fell in love with a local from a village, Franck. There was some controversy about this courtship, because one of the rules was NO DATING. Laura prevailed and followed her heart and she is the better for it.
What I enjoyed about the Grape books? The description of the foods and wines of this region -- when I do visit this region, I’ll know what to eat and drink. When in other countries, states, and regions I’ll try the local foods, but I’m with Laura on that pig’s blood dish at the Girard’s house.
What I learned from the Grape books? I learned there are things that are regional in France. I remember while in Nice, France I went to some wine stores looking for the winetasting cup called a tastevin. You would have thought I was speaking a foreign language when I asked for this item. After reading this book, I see it is probably regional to the Burgundy region in France. I did find one of these cups at a store in the city I live in. When I told the store clerk I knew what it was, they told me I was the first person to know what a tastevin was for that comes into this store. I wonder if Burgundians know what a santon is.
I was also able to brush up on my French which reading this book. I took a French course in 2011 before my two trips but these three books help me brush up on it, thanks for that Laura.
I know this author is writing a book about her Grape Wedding. I would love to know what happened to a lot of the people in the first book like: Sophie, Elise, the host families, Mémé, Thibaut, these people we met along with way of Laura’s Grape Year. I would recommend this book to anyone who is traveling to France, who has been there and who love all things French. Great read.
Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing life and even more, your amazing love story.