An Englishman Aboard: Discovering France in a Rowing Boat

English | June 6th, 2013 | ISBN: 1846144809 | 336 pages | EPUB | 1.43 MB

From the author of Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi, this is the charming and hilariously funny story of one man’s attempt to travel the entire length of the Seine by boat

When Charles shows his friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building, he little realises the adventures that lie ahead. Several glasses of champagne later (it is New Year’s Eve), he finds himself betting he will travel the entire length of the Seine from source to the sea in the next year and discover the true France.

But the reality proves somewhat more difficult than he had expected. As Charles sets sail into an unvarnished France on a variety of craft from steamers to police patrol boats to inflatables, he encounters truffle-thieving terriers and obsessive fishermen, grapples with strong rapids and stubborn cattle, and is nearly destroyed by a cheese so smelly it comes with its own health warning.

This is the charming and often hilarious story of Charles’s Quixotic quest – and the most unique guide to the true France that you will find.

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