THOUGHTS from the PI­GEON­NIER

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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!

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