Slow­ing the pace

France - - News - Lara Dunn Ed­i­tor

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

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