Food for thought

France - - Bienvenue - Lara Dunn Ed­i­tor

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

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