A sunny dis­po­si­tion

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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

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