Book review and giveaway: From Here To Paris – I love France #98

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From Here To Paris

From Here to Paris

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this ebook for free
in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated
for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
From Here To Paris
by
Cris Hammond
PublisherDavenator Press
Release Date: November 30, 2013
ISBN:  978-061598587
Pages: 363Genre:
Memoir/Travel

Source: Received
from the author for a
virtual book tour on France Book Tours

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

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Paris in July 2014

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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 Since Launching France Book Tours, I have met several authors who decided to leave everything in the US or England to settle in France. All these memoirs are usually excellent and really funny as well. From Here To Paris is no exception, though Cris and his wife Linda chose an original way of expat life for part of the year every year.

Laid off in his 50s, Cris struggled between fear and elation, with the idea either of “playing” or of trying to get more, because you never have enough. After some photo jig with a friend in San Francisco bay, he decided to finally take the plunge, downsize, buy a barge, and follow his dream: to go to Paris using the famous and gorgeous French canal system.

This memoir is the story of his adventures along the way, because”simplifying life can be complicated”, from finding a barge to learning how to drive it, how to keep an eye on slow French workers who could easily take 2 years to repaint it when a month should be enough, to learning the French language.

Who cares about the sex of a pastry at 7:30 in the morning? The French do.
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It is very funny at times, but what made me really enjoy it is how inspirational it is to see someone leave the rat race, reinvent his life, choose to do what he loves, and follow the flow –like adapt to French life where everything closes at lunch time. Cris finally has taken time to live, to follow the inspiration and opportunities of the present moment, without any fixed destinations nor deadlines. In our crazy world, examples like these are really precious.

Sometimes your life falls apart just enough to allow you to put it back together in an entirely different way.
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Cris is also an artist, he draws great cartoons and paints. His descriptions of Paris and Auxerre were really great, not mentioning my home city Dijon!

Contrary to just about every movie depiction of Paris, the true sounds of the city aren’t accordions playing La vie en rose. Rather the broad tree-lined boulevards and quaint side streets reverberate with whining scooters, thundering motorcycles, small hoking cars, tinkling bicycle bells, and bleating police claxons, all clog dancing over a background buzz of people talking a mile a minute.
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Incidentally, I learned a lot on barges, on how commercial vessels were converted into private houseboats.
Even though I have seen many barges in France, particularly going through locks, I had not realized that everything is slowed down on a barge: where you could go in 30 mn by car may take you up to 5 days by boat!
The book contains also several gorgeous illustrations of scenes met along, by the author himself.

VERDICT: This summer, slow down and have fun with Cris Hammond’s very enjoyable memoir. With him, discover France in its beauty, its slower pace, and maybe find in his book ideas to reinvent your own life.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

 

This is the story of becoming suddenly unemployed, nearing 60 and being forced to face up to the fact that life is about to change drastically. It’s about discovering that your life can fall apart just enough to allow you to put it back together again in a whole new way.

This is the story of tossing the briefcase, cutting up the credit cards, selling the house and buying an 80 year old Dutch barge in France, then setting sail for Paris.

It’s a joyful and funny tale of stepping off the beaten path to live a dream that you’d thought you’d forgotten: Living on a barge in the middle of Paris. [Goodreads]

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cris HammondCris Hammond is a nationally known artist, cartoonist, and entrepreneur. His comic strip, Speed Walker, Private Eye, was seen daily in over 150 newspapers across the country, from The Miami Herald to The Seattle Sun Times, The San Diego Union, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. His paintings of ships and the sea have appeared in galleries in Sausalito, San Francisco, Tiburon, and Carmel, California. He led special effects teams to Academy Awards for Special Effects in motion pictures including Star Trek IV, Innerspace, and The Abyss, among others. In 1994, facing penury, he left his artistic pursuits, bought a briefcase and a couple ties, and went out and got a real corporate job. Eight years and four more neckties later, he walked into his office one morning and was ambushed by the waiting Exit Interview Team, which informed him that he was, as of that moment, “out on his ear.”
After a suitable period of bi-polar careening between panic and reflection, he realized that he was too young to retire and too old to go looking for another corporate job. So, he sold the house, bought a barge in France and started painting again.
Now he and his wife, Linda, spend half the year in California living and working in their tiny art studio near San Francisco, and the other half doing the same thing on the barge in France. Piloting their 1925 Dutch barge Phaedra, they’ve meandered through more than 1200 kilometers of canals and rivers and negotiated more than 850 locks in their travels from the Rhone wine region, through Burgundy to Chablis and down the Seine into Paris.

Visit his awesome websites:
www.rainbowsend-cartoons.com
www.crishammond.com

Keep in touch with him:
Contact page  |  Goodreads

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 7 challenge

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon
is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th
and runs through Sunday, May 18th
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure,
and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Day 7 of Bout of Books!

Today, the challenge is:

Retitle Your Current Read, hosted by Oh Magic Hour

My current read is:

From Here to Paris

click on the cover to know more about it and see if my retitle works:

Barge Into Life!

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And don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
Here is what’s for grab:

MYSTERY

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  1. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith – paperback, used, like new condition, with a small blue dot pasted at the bottom of the spine

HISTORICAL FICTION

Equal of the Sun 15954691

Gracianna Meadowlark

  1. Equal of the Sun, by Anita Amirrezvani – hardcover, brand new condition
  2. The Third Son, by Julie Wu – paperback, ARC, brand new condition
  3. Gracianna, by Trini Amador – hardcover, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name
  4. Meadowlark, by Dawn Wink – paperback, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name

NONFICTION

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  1. The Day My Brain Exploded, by Ashok Rajamani – paperback, brand new condition

Click on the link here below to enter the giveaway!

Entry-Form

Here is the Bout of Books schedule:

Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 5/12
If you like X, try Y — The Book Barbies

Tuesday 5/13
Bookish Battle Royal — My Life in Books
Books You’re Looking Forward To — River City Reading

Wednesday 5/14
Book Pairings — My Overstuffed Shelves

Thursday 5/15
Spell It Out Challenge — kimberlyfaye reads

Friday 5/16
Cover Scavenger Hunt — Book Monsters
Rainbow Book Challenge — Neon Yeti Reads

Saturday 5/17
Show an Author Some Love — Doing Dewey

Sunday 5/18
Retitle Your Current Read — Oh Magic Hour

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC)
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 3, update

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon
is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th
and runs through Sunday, May 18th
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure,
and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Day 3 of Bout of Books!

Here is what I read on Monday, Day 1:

  1. 4 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 5 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 120 pages of The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon – great suspense, awesome to keep you read!

= 129 pages read on Monday = 129/595, that is 21%

I also listened to about 15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist

Here is what I read on Tuesday, Day 2:

  1. 6 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 6 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 63 pages of The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon – book finished
  4. 21 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven

= 96 pages read on Tuesday= 96 pages
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 = 225/595, that is 37%

I also listened to about 15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist.
Hoping to listen to more tomorrow!

Challenges done on Monday:

  1. If you like X, try Y, hosted by The Book Barbies. Here is my tweet
  2. I also posted the picture of my pile of books for Bout of Books, though not able to add myself to the picture, not enough hands, lol
  3. And I took part in the insane Twitter chat. Even while using Twubs, it was like bombarding tweets 2 or 3 per seconds. I already have many new followers, and bloggers I now follow, including one in my own city, whom I had never heard of before!

Challenge done on Tuesday:

Books You’re Looking Forward To, hosted by River City Reading. My post is here, 10 books on France!

 

 Reminder of my goals:

My main goal this week will be to read at least 85 pages every day, which is more than my average per day so far this year. Plus time for audiobooks!
So my total goal is to read 595 pages during Bout of Books

I will be reading:

  1. Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian [a few pages every day]
  2. Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon [a few pages every day]
  3. The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon DONE
  4. Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven
  5. From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond – ebook
  6. Au revoir là-haut,  by Pierre Lemaitre

I will hopefully be able to finish listening to this #1 and start #2

  1. City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist – audio
  2. Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black – audio

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
Here is what’s for grab:

MYSTERY

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  1. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith – paperback, used, like new condition, with a small blue dot pasted at the bottom of the spine

HISTORICAL FICTION

Equal of the Sun 15954691

Gracianna Meadowlark

  1. Equal of the Sun, by Anita Amirrezvani – hardcover, brand new condition
  2. The Third Son, by Julie Wu – paperback, ARC, brand new condition
  3. Gracianna, by Trini Amador – hardcover, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name
  4. Meadowlark, by Dawn Wink – paperback, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name

NONFICTION

14433773

  1. The Day My Brain Exploded, by Ashok Rajamani – paperback, brand new condition

Click on the link here below to enter the giveaway!

Entry-Form

Here is the Bout of Books schedule:

Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 5/12
If you like X, try Y — The Book Barbies DONE
Picture of books to read  DONE

Tuesday 5/13
Bookish Battle Royal — My Life in Books
Books You’re Looking Forward To — River City Reading DONE

Wednesday 5/14
Book Pairings — My Overstuffed Shelves

Thursday 5/15
Spell It Out Challenge — kimberlyfaye reads

Friday 5/16
Cover Scavenger Hunt — Book Monsters
Rainbow Book Challenge — Neon Yeti Reads

Saturday 5/17
Show an Author Some Love — Doing Dewey

Sunday 5/18
Retitle Your Current Read — Oh Magic Hour

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC) DONE
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

Click on the logo to follow the fun!