Food for thought
One of the main reasons for our abiding love of France is its astonishingly and reliably good food and drink. When asked in a recent reader survey for your favourite sections of the magazine, you almost all replied that the Bon Appétit section was one you really enjoyed. I’m with you there; I enjoy helping our writers put it together every issue!
That said, many of you also expressed a delight at being able to immerse yourselves in French culture, in all its many guises, and this issue offers a real treat to those with a hankering for the cerebral over the gastronomic. We have modern architecture in Le Havre and Marseille; historical botanical adventurers; the joys of flotsam and jetsam and the art that can be created from them; and a walk following Joan of Arc’s footsteps from Vosges to the Loire.
Birders and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy our guide to the best places to stay for a sneak peek, and we see why Georges Simenon’s Maigret became such a popular character. Our language section helps you to choose the right learning tools, as well as providing helpful hints and tips, and some entertaining games to help build that confidence.
The magazine is still bursting with food and drink, and includes recommendations on where to eat out in Limoges, a guide to French saffron, a marvellous slow-cooked lamb recipe and our usual wine feature and recommendations.
For those who simply love gorgeous images of this hugely photogenic country, our beautiful FRANCE Calendar 2018 is now available to buy. Turn to page 50 for details. À bientôt!
Marseille Cathedral seen from the MUCEM museum
ABOVE: The Église Saint-joseph in Le Havre