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Chapter 1: We Leave for France
Chapter 10: Looking for Mr. Goodstone
Chapter 11: A mission to la Clape
Chapter 12: Dinner at Château de Lignan
Chapter 13: Antiques and plunder
Chapter 14: The vintner next door
Chapter 15: The rooftops of Nézignan-l'Évêque
Chapter 2: Comes the crusade
Chapter 3: The 13 colonies
Chapter 4: Our curtains are dreadful
Chapter 5: Naked beaches
Chapter 6: A visit to Château des Estanilles
Chapter 7: A pilgrimage to Toulouse
Chapter 8: Remembering Collioure
Chapter 9: The priest and the mayor
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A little about the owners....
big_al.jpgAlain ("Big Al") is a retired museum director who spent over 30 years studying and collecting art. His special interest is decorative art especially medieval tools and handicrafts. He was immediately drawn to the vaulted ceilings in the Val Ros house and took to it’s modernization with relish. His passion for "junking" -- digging through the dirtiest corners of the least promising second-hand stores and unearthing valuable, unappreciated bits and pieces, has resulted in stunning homes both in southern France and in Petersburg, Virginia, where he recently completed the renovation of a 12,000 foot civil war era cotton warehouse. Both are furnished with reclaimed, refurbished, rebuilt and rekindled castoffs. We know you will be amazed!
a.j._studio.jpgAimee is a nationally recognized photographer and mixed-media artist and makes beautiful, poetic objects and books. She has taught in university fine arts programs, an arts magnet school, and at craft schools in Penland NC and Arrowmont TN. In January of 2000, she married Alain at the house in France in front of two dozen friends and family while Hawaiian wedding music played. Her wedding ring is an antique emerald the size of a martini olive, purchased at Christie’s. Aimee is currently the Director of Education at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
Tom is a writer specializing in fundraising materials that get extraordinary results. His work in marketing and communications has won three prestigious Gold Quill awards. He has authored four books on the topic of donor communications and lectures internationally on the subject. He is actively soliciting additional clients who don’t mind in the least that he’s telecommuting from a 15th-century stone house in southern France.

P. Joyaux, ACFRE is recognized internationally as one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector. She's an expert in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, providing consulting services to all types and sizes of nonprofits / NGOs. Simone teaches philanthropy at the university level, presents at conferences worldwide, and regularly serves on boards. Her books, Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships and Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships That Last, receive rave reviews. She's also written chapters in Philanthropy in 7 Words and The Fundraising Feasibility Study, and is a web columnist for The Nonprofit Quarterly. Simone's website - www.simonejoyaux.com - is full of free downloadable resources. Her weekly blogs and free e-news provide professional tips and personal rants.

We bought this house because of Georges, father of Alain, Simone and 4 others. Georges was a member of the French resistance and the Free French army, a poor boy from Nice who grew into a tall, strikingly handsome man. He emigrated to the U.S. after WWII. He met and married a beautiful American girl at Michigan State University, where he became a French professor, an author and translator, and a passionate advocate for multilingual education. From Georges, his kids inherited an abiding love of France, its culture and way of life.
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