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By Sam Juneau

Sam and Bud have been traditional first-time homebuyers of their early thirties. Their goal, in relocating to France, was once to create an easy existence in a spot the place they can spend time with their young children. the house they really acquired used to be a seventeenth century chateau within the Loire valley with over thirty rooms.

Chateau Du Bonchamps have been the seat of noble households way back to 1507. With basically modest rate reductions, Sam and Bud introduced the interesting venture of restoring this amazing construction to its former glory. Over numerous years they renovated 10,000 sq. toes of condo, put in numerous bogs, painted 156 home windows, positioned the 40-acre park and gardens into a few semblance of order and commenced a mattress and breakfast opposed to resistance from the locals. Their hardwork prevailed; their chateau quadrupled in value.

The issues we dream don't consistently healthy well with the realities of daily life. this can be an insightful glimpse of what it really ability to go away every little thing in the back of to persue a dream.

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One of the more onerous requirements for graduation from this particular school was the need to pass a proficiency exam in a language other than your own. I had started my college career with French, detested it, dropped out of all my French classes and was left to scramble at the end. I headed off to Tours for three months the summer after my class graduated. I managed to just barely pass the proficiency retake through the help of a very attentive local French girl and a few bottles of wine. My first experience of Europe.

No guaranteed earnings, just sweat, equity and perseverance. I’d worked in news my entire career, a career that began at age 25. I was now a television producer making documentaries. I had worked for a number of news networks covering the White House, international affairs, daily national news, plane crashes and any other newsworthy event that might bring in a few viewers. My most recent documentaries were good and salacious – Extreme Fighting and Models on the Côte d’Azur. Not particularly highbrow, but fun nonetheless.

I crawled back into bed and pulled the sheets up. I looked around at the carved oak panelling, or boiserie, and contemplated the ancient books that lined the delicately crafted shelves with their handmade glass doors. The ceiling consisted of substantial oak beams, painted with fleurs-de-lis and gold designs. My head filled with 62 A Chateau of One's Own_INSIDES_D62 62 31/07/2007 12:03:01 THE FOWL SMELL OF SUCCESS pleasant last thoughts, I turned off the light and drifted off to sleep. I have no idea how much time passed.

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