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Home Life in France (Paperback): Matilda Betham-Edwards
Home Life in France (Paperback): Matilda Betham-Edwards

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Home Life in France (Paperback)

Matilda Betham-Edwards

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III HOLIDAY-MAKING A FRENCHMAN'S notion of holiday is to see as much as possible of his relations, and to gather his own peaches. When the long vacation comes, with its burning skies, valetudinarians betake themselves to ContrexeVille, Pougues-les-Bains, or equally favourite spas; family parties animate the Breton and Norman coasts; cyclists by the thousand invade the once solitary fastnesses of Fontainebleau; a few, a very few, adventuresome spirits start for the Swiss mountains, Scotch rivers, or Norwegian fiords. By far the greater number merely change one home for another, the town flat for the country house, villa, or cottage. The result of the French Revolution has been a material levelling up. Whilst in England the possession of a town and country residence implies wealth and social position, in France the case is quite otherwise. Just as all but the very poor and the dec/ass/s sit under the shadow of their own vine and fig-tree, so the well-to-do middle classes, like the noblesse, now own a rural retreat in which to pass the ville"giature. The houseless or rent-paying in France, indeed, form a mere remnant, a handful. In an official work on this subject (" L'Habitation en France," par A. de Foville: Paris, 1894), we find that whilst in many departments seventy and even eighty per cent, of the inhabitants occupy houses belonging to them, the average of the entire eighty-six departments is sixty-four! These figures, of course, hold good with regard to communes only. In towns folks live mostly in flats, several families occupying a block. Parisians have their country houses within easy distance of the capital; provincial lawyers, advocates, professors and men of business do not care to go far afield in search of refreshment and recreation. They migr...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: May 2012
Authors: Matilda Betham-Edwards
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 88
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-48892-1
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-48892-7
Barcode: 9780217488921

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