This article was translated by Joseba Varela
Deborah L. Jacobs is a lawyer, as well as a renowned author and journalist who specializes in legal issues. Her articles, published throughout many years in the New York Times, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Business Week and many other papers, have turned her into a reference for both specialists and consumers.
Nevertheless, on this occasion her article for our beloved New York Times doesn’t deal with legal matters, but with her months-long tour through the French Republic and her experiences in the different sites where she rented houses to stay. Loire, Iparralde and Paris have been the places where she has found accomodation. It seems clear that the place she has enjoyed most is Sara.
We believe so because, as she explains, they have twice prolonged the renting period in order to be able to enjoy this part of the Basque Country for 6 weeks. That in spite of the fact the amount they had to pay was the largest of all, even more expensive than the rent in Paris.
And we also believe so because she describes what her activities were and not the problems they had to face in the rented house, as in the other cases. Going for a walk on the beach, tasting the cheese of the country and the “pintxos” in Donostia, visiting Espelette… It’s clear that they felt at home here.
We are very glad of it. We thank them for telling the World about it, and we encourage them to come back. There’s still much about the Basque Country they need to get to know and enjoy.
The New York Times – 4/3/2016 – USA
An Overseas Education of Our Own
When our only child started college in September, my husband and I embarked on our own semester abroad. To pay for it, we decided to rent our Park Slope townhouse for three months and downsize to smaller quarters in rural France. Thanks to a favorable conversion, of the dollar against the euro, the cost of living would be less. As our base, we chose the Loire Valley, about two hours southwest of Paris, where for centuries royalty built their châteaux. We wanted to to experience French life through the eyes of the locals. We would shop in open-air markets, cook with seasonal ingredients and communicate with people in their own language.
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