When I read Emma Rawle’s article about Charente in this issue (see page 20), I was immediately transported back to a year spent in Angoulême during my university degree in 1996. Back then, Charente charmed me with its pretty villages, rolling countryside and its vibrant festivals, so it’s easy to see why this part of France has long been popular with expats. For Franca and Darren Porter, the department’s fast transport links to the UK have been an important factor in the running of their B&B, as well as for Darren’s weekly commute to London.
With Christmas approaching fast, we bring you a round-up of the best festive events across the country (page 10), as well as Louise Pickford’s wonderful recipe for French Yuletide favourite bûche de Noël on page 58.
And, for the chance to immerse yourself in all things French without even crossing the Channel, make sure you book your tickets for The France Show in London from 29-31 January. See page 62 for details of our half-price ticket offer.
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Have a lovely Christmas,
Charente charmed me with its pretty villages, rolling countryside and its vibrant festivals