I finally managed to read a book that I had been wanting to for ages—A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. It was even better than I imagined it would be. I got started on travelogues when I first read Frances Mayes Under the Tuscan Sun, which I absolutely adored. Under the Tuscan Sun is not as polished as A Year in Provence, quite rustic actually, but is charming nevertheless.
Mayle recounts their first year in Provence month by month. The experiences range from the never ending house repairs and alterations, intricacies of buying meat and bread in the local markets, picking grapes, dealing with an endless queue of uninvited guests and so on.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.