A sunny disposition
The promise of better weather entices many Brits to change sides of the Channel, and if your move is powered by the search for sunshine you’ll find plenty of it in southern France. Provence is famed for its 300 sunny days each year and Nice enjoys the highest number of sunshine hours, so it’s easy to see the attraction. This part of the country is of course famous for the Riviera too, but as you’ll discover on page 18, there’s even more to Alpes-Maritimes than good weather, glitz and glamour.
And then there’s Languedoc-Roussillon, often referred to as the ‘other south of France’. On her first trip for Living France, staff writer Catriona Burns enjoys the many delights of Uzès in Gard (p46) and experiences another of the reasons why France is so popular – the fantastic food.
For many people, France’s appeal lies in its affordable properties and renovation opportunities. Since buying a derelict cottage in Béarn, Kris and Dave Hallet have put their DIY skills to the ultimate test – with very impressive results (p38). Other inspiring stories in this month’s issue include the couple who set up a retreat for fitness fans and families in the Brenne national park (p30), and the former accountant who is now a pig farmer in Normandy (p42).
For others, France is the place they’ve long dreamed of retiring to, and if you’re hoping to make this a reality then don’t miss our guide to a happy and successful retirement on page 50. Enjoy the issue – we hope it brightens up your day.
Vicky Leigh, Deputy Editor