Slowing the pace
The sun is shining, both in France and the UK, and the holiday mood has been well and truly kindled, alongside those optimistic barbecues – coat optional. As this June issue of FRANCE goes to press, I have one foot out of the door on my way to a week’s cruising along the River Charente on a boat with my family. While I am certain that we will have a great time, even if the weather is inclement, with plenty to see and do (cognac distillery tour anyone?), my mental image is one of us lapping up the sunshine on deck, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
River cruising is a great way to explore at leisure some of the less well-known parts of France, giving access to villages and towns large and small along the way. This issue of the magazine shares some excellent options for touring the country at a slower pace, with classic car drives in Limousin, cycle touring the Western Front and kayaking around Normandy, as well as the usual rural stroll, this time in the Plus Beau Village of Puycelsi.
Alternatively, land the catch of the day by discovering the country’s best fish markets and enjoy using our recipes. We help you to get under the skin of Paris, too, with a guide to some of the best jazz clubs and a fascinating insight into a place we all hope never to visit, the lost property office.
Enjoy exploring France at your own pace, and we hope you enjoy the magazine. Bon voyage!
The River Charente flows through the town of Jarnac in western France