A Summer Abroad: Clotheslines, Bouchons, and Snails That Eat the Mail


A Summer AbroadIn 2006, after two years of shuttling her husband to and from the airport while he traveled to France regularly for work, de facto single mother Lisa Knotts was rewarded with the opportunity of a lifetime: to move her family to France for the summer.

In spite of three occasionally reluctant children and a husband who often had to work, Lisa endeavored to make the most of her family’s time in Europe. A Summer Abroad invites you along as the author and her family blitz-tour Paris in a day (and listen to seven-year-old Michael expound on paintings in the d’Orsay), eat their way around Belgium with Lisa’s cousins, walk the D-Day beaches in Normandy, and wander the streets of Pompeii with Vesuvius looming in the distance.

Along with the family’s road trips around France, the unhurried living of everyday life in a small fishing village on the Mediterranean Côte Bleue translated the author’s vague, youthful fantasy of living abroad into quirky, delightful reality, complete with marauding snails.

Resonating with those who have either lived overseas or traveled with children, this memoir has the power to charm anyone who’s dreamed of spending a summer abroad.

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