THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER

French Property News - - 25 - Bon voy­age! (PS: You don’t even need to cross the Chan­nel to visit our next French Prop­erty Ex­hi­bi­tion – see p76 for de­tails)

The great writer TS Eliot once said: “The jour­ney not the ar­rival mat­ters.” I sus­pect those who own a French prop­erty might beg to dif­fer, es­pe­cially those who’ve just picked up the keys to their new abode. How­ever, the jour­ney is all part of the own­er­ship, whether your French home is a place to es­cape to for hol­i­days or rep­re­sents a whole new way of life across the Chan­nel. Look back to your first hol­i­days in France and I bet you can re­mem­ber the jour­ney, es­pe­cially if you were an ex­cited kid. Stand­ing on the deck of a ferry with the briny breeze in your face; look­ing out the win­dow of a plane at the im­pos­si­bly fluffy clouds be­low; or whizzing through the Chan­nel Tun­nel 250 feet un­der the sea. Of course, reg­u­lar trav­ellers will also have mem­o­ries of less-en­joy­able trips, but it’s all a part of life’s great ad­ven­ture! And so we cel­e­brate the jour­ney in this spe­cial travel is­sue, with spot­lights on French lo­ca­tions that are easy to get to and from, a guide to your travel op­tions, a reader’s top tips for trav­el­ling with man’s best friend and news of the lat­est travel routes and in­no­va­tions. Please do share your own travel tips with us, by let­ter, email or on our so­cial me­dia pages – you’ll find all our con­tact de­tails over­leaf.

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