’Tis the sea­son…

France - - Bienvenue - À bi­en­tôt!

Anew year is speed­ing rapidly to­wards us, with only the in­dul­gence of the fes­tive sea­son to slow its ap­proach. It is a time, per­haps, to tuck in some­where warm and think about plans for the year ahead, dream­ing of the sights, sounds and prom­ises of la belle France.

This is­sue should hope­fully help in­spire that next jour­ney (or two), no mat­ter what the weather or your par­tic­u­lar sphere of in­ter­est. Head to sunny Mar­seille with Zoë Mcin­tyre for a short break, take a wan­der in ru­ral Avey­ron with Ca­tri­ona Burns, let Deb­o­rah Nash help you un­cover Paris’s secrets or plan a full year of mu­sic with our jazz fes­ti­val cal­en­dar from Robin Gauldie.

Win­ter en­thu­si­asts will en­joy Ben Moore’s piece on fam­ily skiing in the Pyrénées, while those look­ing for some­thing more specif­i­cally sea­sonal should turn to our Christ­mas gift spe­cial and the guide to fes­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

If Jan­uary looms as a France-free waste­land, why not come to The France Show at Olympia Lon­don from 26-28 Jan­uary? A warm wel­come is as­sured, with wine and food aplenty, if you have not al­ready overindulged. Lis­ten to cy­cling pundit Ned Boult­ing shar­ing his tales of the Tour de France, let crime writer Peter May give you the chills, or watch chef Eric Lan­lard weav­ing his culinary magic. There are plenty more sem­i­nars, cook­ery demon­stra­tions, mu­sic and a host of travel and prop­erty spe­cial­ists to visit, and don’t miss the shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties. Visit the­franceshow.com.

The gor­geous FRANCE Cal­en­dar 2018 is still avail­able to buy, too. Turn to page 50 for de­tails.

The Tui­leries Gar­dens in Paris un­der snow, look­ing to­wards the Fer­ris wheel and Egyp­tian obelisk on Place de la Con­corde. This scene is De­cem­ber’s im­age in the FRANCE Cal­en­dar 2018

ABOVE: Tempt­ing of­fers at The France Show

Lara Dunn Editor

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