Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French by Paul Shore

Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling…

byPaul Shore

Paperback | March 20, 2017

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Will having smoke repeatedly blown in his face deter a foreigner from breaking in to French culture? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he gained acceptance inside a charming village in Provence. 

Uncorked celebrates the “uncorking” of a few tightly held traditions that are near and dear to hearts of the locals of the Cote d’Azur and Provence – being taught to play pétanque (boules) under the clandestine cover of darkness; learning vernissage etiquette; drinking pastis before noon; navigating narrow village roads at top driving speed. Shore also “uncorks” personal awakenings about the value of following roads-less-travelled and making time to smell-the-roses, as we cultivate friendships and traditions.  And, through exposure to the life of artist Marc Chagall, Shore reflects on the challenges that all newcomers face to gain acceptance in a foreign land. 

Shore’s humorous and heart-felt accounts of his year living in Provence will touch and amuse, and evoke fond memories of travel to fascinating places --- and they might even trigger reflection on the importance of being afforded new chances in life.

TREAT YOURSELF TODAY to some belly laughter and fond reminiscing about your own past travels!

 

Praise for Uncorked:

 

Recently earned acclaim from the prestigious Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as a Finalist in the Travel Category.

 

"Like a wry cross between Bill Bryson and Dave Bidini, Paul Shore’s funny, self-deprecating and wholesome recounting of a year spent in Provence is one part travelogue, one part self-help guide, and one part memoir. Uncorked is just like a good French wine: light, delicious, and full of flavour."

--- Grant Lawrence, CBC broadcaster and author of Adventures in Solitude

 

“A computer geek in the South of France? What could go wrong? With remarkable storytelling skill, Shore brings to life a time and place where community, simplicity and a slower pace were revered — a younger generation's A Year in Provence.”

--- Sarah Bancroft, writer of the blog A Year in Paris

 

Shore’s light-hearted story takes you to a place where the simple joys in life are what matters. During my Man in Motion World Tour 30 years ago, I wish I could have slowed down as Paul did.”

--- Rick Hansen, founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation

 

“Many dream of relocating to France at some time in their lives. Like Peter Mayle (A Year in Provence) before him, Paul Shore made the leap and found a cornucopia of delights in his new home.

--- Stephen Hui, hiking writer and former Georgia Straight editor

About The Author

Paul Shore is an author and technology industry veteran, who has worked around the globe. His second book, "Uncorked", is an Amazon Best Seller, a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, and a nominee for a Whistler Writers Festival Independent Book Award. Paul's drive to embrace new challenges has seen him involved in a variety of ...
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Title:Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling…Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.41 inPublished:March 20, 2017Publisher:Paul ShoreLanguage:English

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CONTENTSA Little Background 1Prologue · Watching Silently 21 · A Mysterious Game 62 · Picture Postcard 163 · You Need a Sponsor 224 · A Clandestine Affair 325 · Culture Shock 426 · Initiation by Gendarmes 527 · Go Buy Balls 668 · What's a Vernissage? 769 · Becoming a Riverain 8410 · Stepping Into the Light 9811 · Mind Games 10612 · Not So Lost in Translation 11613 · Welcome to the Circle 13014 · Il a le Sens du Jeu 14015 · Joie de Vivre 150Epilogue · Déjà Vu 156A Closing Note 163