THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER
For several years I lived on a barge in London and had friends with houseboats moored on the Seine in Paris, the Yonne in Burgundy and the Garonne near Bordeaux. If you’ve never lived on the water, it’s hard for me to explain the serenity it offers. There’s just something about looking out of the window and gazing at water, always on the move, and with hidden depths. Being born in the heart of the UK, miles from the coast, I’ve always dreamed of living by the sea too. Again, it’s the water. Sometimes vivid blue, sometimes grey, but never dull. So I particularly enjoyed reading our staff writer Sophie’s article on waterside homes in France, ideal for boaters or those, like me, who simply like watching a river go by or the tide come in and out. Turn to page 34 to find out more. While some are drawn to water, presumably all those reading this magazine will feel the pull for France. Some of you just need to cross the Channel to satisfy that yearning, others will travel many miles; readers Donna and John moved all the way from Australia to Vosges in search of the life they’d dreamed of – and you may be surprised (especially if you head to France for the sun) to hear that their dream was of snowy landscapes and a winter wonderland! Read their story on p58. A bientôt!