WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Home and Away The Webers had another son, and by now they were fully engaged in suburban Boston life. "What struck us most is how nice and kind the people are — at school, at work, from the waiter in the restaurant to the people in the shops or grocery stores," says Alain. Magali recalls rising at 7 a.m. on December 24 to be at the supermarket in anticipation of a rush, with no place to park and combative cashiers. Apparently, this is the French norm. "But there was an almost empty parking lot, very few people in the shop, and cashiers with big smiles wishing happy holidays and Merry Christmas," she laughs. "It was almost a shock!" What the Webers miss most is family. "This is the hardest," admits Alain. "We're lucky because we go back at least once a year, and the kids spend their summer in France with family and grandparents, which allows them to keep strong bonds with French relatives and the language." Alain says Weston and the surrounding area reminds him of his hometown of Alsace, France. "Like here, Alsace has lots of forests, hills, and four seasons, but it is much different from Magali's birthplace in the south of France, as she isn't used having 100 inches of snow on her doorway as it happened in 2015!" Magali agrees the first winter was a difficult adjustment. "But the good point is I didn't experience the four seasons before I arrived here. So I really enjoy the colors of fall foliage." The couple is happy to share their secrets of where they find the most authentic French foods in the area. "Brothers Marketplace in Weston center is wonderful for cheeses," enthuses Magali. "There is also Russo's in Watertown, Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, and the Concord Cheese Shop." When the family goes to France, they stock up on wine to bring back. "There is good wine here too, but more choice in France," says Alain. They also bring back Teisseire syrup in flavors such as strawberry and orange, which is mixed with water, tea, or coffee. Soon, they will be at a crossroads. They're qualified to apply for U.S. citizenship, but they haven't made a decision yet. Today, Alain is the director of software quality at MIB Group in Braintree, and Magali is a senior QA engineer at Amadeus, the company that brought them to America. She has also opened her own business, The French Academy, offering French tutoring for children and adults, drawing upon her teaching diploma and native tongue. "There is such a positive, make-it-happen attitude, you can almost feel it floating in air," Alain observes. "Everything is so easy." "We decided to settle in Weston as it is such a great place to raise kids." – A l a i n W e b e r 78 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 Welcome Home

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