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You may find yourself in another part of the world...You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife (husband). You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?

You may find yourself in another part of the world...You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife (husband). You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?

We didn't just wake up one morning and say, "let's buy an old convent in an obscure town in central France!".  There was actually a very good reason why we bought it and a pretty good story to go along with it. Our "Once in a Lifetime" story started a little over 20 years ago on a crisp autumn evening while jogging around the Pasadena Rose Bowl... ...a tall man in a striped gondola shirt and a thick French accent (that would be Patrice) caught up with me. He introduced himself and we ran together talking of art, gardens and fine pieces of furniture. I was immediately drawn...

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Here is a photo gallery of our convent "dans son jus" - one of the phrases you absolutely need to know if you ever buy an old house in France.

Restoration

Here is a photo gallery of our convent "dans son jus" - one of the phrases you absolutely need to know if you ever buy an old house in France.

In order for you to get the full impact of the restorations that are happening here at the old convent, we need to take you back to the beginning, or at least to when I was hit by lightning... It was the perfect storm in June of 2009. My husband and I bumped into our old realtor friend in the supermarche' in the obscure town of Le Blanc.  He casually mentioned in passing that he was intrigued by a piece of property, an old convent, that had just come on the market. He said that he never knew it existed in the town.  He went on...

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No matter how hard it gets, keep believing and fighting for your dream

No matter how hard it gets, keep believing and fighting for your dream

It is going on eight years that my husband Patrice and I have been restoring our home in central France.  This is not an ordinary construction site.  It is an old convent, a 14,000 s.f. nearly 400 year-old historic restoration project on 5 acres of grounds.  Since we have much more talent than money, Patrice a master woodworker and I a landscape architect, we are the ones doing a lot of the restoration ourselves and living in the mess.  We have alternated between living with no electricity, running water, heat, plumbed toilets and every combination of the previously mentioned. Navigating from room to room, we have adjusted to...

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