FIRM FAVOURITE

Living France - - Contents - Stephanie Shel­drake, As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor

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.

I hope you enjoy this is­sue. If you’d like to let us know what you think, join us on Twit­ter (@Liv­ingFrance) and Face­book (www.face­book.com/ liv­ing france mag­a­zine ), or write to us at the ad­dress over­leaf.

Have a lovely Christ­mas,

Char­ente charmed me with its pretty vil­lages, rolling coun­try­side and its vi­brant fes­ti­vals

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