Whilst on me hol's I borrowed [actually I brought it home with me] a copy of 'Encore Provence' by Peter Mayle, from the holiday location library. I would like to propose the opening paragraph:
"I think it was the sight of a man power-washing his underpants that really brought home the differences, cultural and otherwise, between the old worl and the new"
as a contender in 'The Best Opening Lines' competition. If there is such.