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Buying a Piece of Paris
     

Buying a Piece of Paris

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by Ellie Nielsen
 

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Paris has seduced many admirers, but for visiting Australian Ellie Nielsen it's true love. So deep is her infatuation that, if she can't have it all to herself, she'll only be satisfied with buying her own little piece of Paris.

The object of her desire seems so simple: the sort of apartment she's seen a thousand times in magazines and books. Something

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Paris has seduced many admirers, but for visiting Australian Ellie Nielsen it's true love. So deep is her infatuation that, if she can't have it all to herself, she'll only be satisfied with buying her own little piece of Paris.

The object of her desire seems so simple: the sort of apartment she's seen a thousand times in magazines and books. Something effortlessly charming, and old, and quirky—and expertly decorated. Something exuding character and Parisian chic. Something quintessentially French. The trouble is, she has only two short weeks in which to realise her fantasy—and she must somehow negotiate a deal in a foreign language without offending French real-estate etiquette. Is this even vaguely possible, or just a ridiculous folly?

With her trusty French phrasebook in hand, and plucking up her reserves of savoir faire, Ellie embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. Beauty is everywhere even if, like all true romances, there are many obstacles to be overcome. But then, c'est toujours comme ça à Paris.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781489083319
Publisher:
Bolinda Audio
Publication date:
12/01/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

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Buying a Piece of Paris

The Home of My Dreams in the City of Lights
By Nielsen, Ellie

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2010 Nielsen, Ellie
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312606336

“I am greatly in the habit of imagining myself in all manner of situations that are outside my real, everyday life. So that day, almost four years ago, as I stood at my window, willing the street beyond to leap up two floors and embrace me, a plan popped into my head. It was a perfect plan, one that involved daring, danger, and a ridiculous amount of money...I decided to buy Paris. Well, just a tiny bit of it. I’m not totally irrational.” --From Buying a Piece of Paris



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Meet the Author

Ellie Nielsen is the author of Buying a Piece of Paris. She has worked as an actress, publicist, curator and script assessor. After the birth of her son, she began writing, and dreaming of moving to Paris.

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Buying a Piece of Paris 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Wanderluster More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this book, I really did. And anyone else who is fascinated and enthralled by all things Parisian and the dreams of living in France will enjoy it too. But it lacked any discernable depth, and I found myself continually thinking how spoiled and detatched from reality the author is. And the French she peppers throughout the book is basic and clearly contrived for her purposes - Parisians don't actually speak in such banal, truncated sentences. However, like I said, I did enjoy the book for its fantastical qualities, even though it was lacking in any kind of literary merit. A great read for the ski lodge or the beach.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Jack Nielsen tells his wife Ellie while they are driving in Melbourne, they should buy an apartment in Paris. She and their accountant agree for differing reasons. She because she loves the city while the accountant says it makes sense financially. Back in Paris Ellie begins the search for an apartment they can afford that has the special French unique feel and would comfortably be showcased in a magazine. Blaming the butcher, she entered her first realtor office only to be met with culture shock from the onset; as the number of rooms is irrelevant, but the number of meters is everything. Other stunners also occur as Ellie obtains a taste of the unique Parisian real estate market. Like much of the audience outside of Paris, Elle finds a part of the city that she never knew existed until she began the search. Filled with homage for the French capital, readers who enjoy a lighthearted well written memoir will want to read Ellie Neilson¿s melodious tour of apartment hunting in Paris.

Harriet Klausner