The joys of spring

France - - Bienvenue - Lara Dunn Ed­i­tor

The dark­ness and snows of win­ter are start­ing to with­draw, to be re­placed by the first glimpses of the emer­ald-green shoots of spring. It is the time of year when the heart be­gins to lift a lit­tle, the pulse quick­ens with the prospect of sun­nier days and an eas­ier pace of liv­ing, and our thoughts per­haps turn to St Valentine’s Day and l’amour.

Paris holds a spe­cial place in my heart around now, un­furl­ing in the warm­ing rays of the sun and em­brac­ing all those who visit the city, soon to be­stow upon them her blos­som-laden charms. For me, there is noth­ing bet­ter than strolling along a boule­vard in the spring sun­shine be­fore stop­ping for a petit café to watch the world go by – lovers arm in arm, gig­gling chil­dren cel­e­brat­ing be­ing out­doors again and those, like me, just en­joy­ing the change of am­bi­ence.

In this is­sue, we take a look at the art of ro­mance in France and travel through­out the coun­try with an am­ble around Évian-les-bains, a cy­cling ad­ven­ture along the River Rhône and a tour of lo­ca­tions im­mor­talised by some of France’s great­est painters. Golf en­thu­si­asts will en­joy our guide to where to stay to en­joy cour­ses at their best, while those with a gas­tro­nomic in­cli­na­tion are well-served with recipes, a restau­rant guide to Caen and a week­end break in Bordeaux in­clud­ing a visit to the im­pres­sive new Cité du Vin.

Cole Porter’s lyrics, “I love Paris in the spring­time, I love Paris in the fall”, may well be true, but in all hon­esty, I love ALL of France all year round!

Spring blos­soms frame the Cathé­drale Notre-dame in Paris

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