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Firstly, I want to say “Thank you” to our won­der­ful read­ers for their letters and emails when we launched our first is­sue. Your kind­ness and well wishes are much ap­pre­ci­ated!

With the last of the au­tumn leaves fall­ing, we pre­pare for my favourite sea­son, win­ter. Win­ter wool­lies, a crack­ling fire and a good book is my ideal way to spend this time of the year.

If you are any­thing like me, you are fas­ci­nated by the history, cul­ture, cui­sine and splen­dour of what France has to of­fer. In this is­sue, our writ­ers have ex­plored many of these as­pects as well as a few less-well-known, quirky, weird and fas­ci­nat­ing things. We welcome Heidi Fuller-love and Har­riet Em­pey to the team and look for­ward to the in­ter­est­ing, won­der­ful sto­ries and anec­dotes they have to share.

In this is­sue, An­drew Prior in­tro­duces us to one of my favourite peo­ple, Rachel Khoo. Rachel is an ac­com­plished chef, writer and broad­caster of the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show, The Lit­tle Paris Kitchen. Read all about Rachel’s new book, SBS tele­vi­sion show and her visit to Mel­bourne (page 48). We can­not talk about food with­out men­tion­ing our favourite tip­ple, Cham­pagne. Neil Al­lanby tells us about the sparkling wid­ows of Cham­pagne (page 62) while Natasha Flynn ex­plores the won­ders of cin­na­mon (page 78).

Speak­ing of history, in June, the Bi­cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Waterloo will be cel­e­brated with a re-en­act­ment of the fa­mous bat­tle. David Jack­son-Grose takes us on a visit to the Bat­tle of Waterloo then and now (page 28).

With Lee Bower we visit the Vau­cluse, which de­rives its name from the Latin val­lis clausa, mean­ing en­closed val­ley. Did you know that the Fon­taine-de-Vau­cluse spring which em­anates from a cliff face in the val­ley, is so far in and so deep that its source re­mains un­de­fined (page 22)?

Heidi ex­plores the Marais Poitevin, known as “The Green Venice” of France (page 16), and she also tells us about the splen­did folly of two broth­ers who gave forty years of their lives and a small for­tune to build a replica of the Sun King’s beloved Palace of Ver­sailles in the mid­dle of the French coun­try­side (page 74). Robyn John­ston takes us on a quick visit to the real Venice in Italy (page 68).

We are also fea­tur­ing our first bilin­gual ar­ti­cle: An­nie Had­dad tells a fas­ci­nat­ing story about Se­bastien Bo­iron, an ad­ven­tur­ous chef who spent quite a few years at sea work­ing on lux­ury yachts for the su­per-rich (page 56).

Did you know that the macabre and weird are ma­jor draw­cards of visi­tors to France? A very brave Lizz Casey ex­plores one of these rather odd at­trac­tions in Paris (page 34).

Jen­nie Sharpe tells us about Bastille Day and gives us a quick run through the 10 things we need to know about the Tour de France (page 36). With so much hap­pen­ing, I cer­tainly can­not wait for win­ter! En­joy the is­sue et à la prochaine,

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