Sum­mer lov­ing

Living France - - Editor's Letter - Vicky Leigh, Deputy Editor

Au­gust is a time for hol­i­days and while the French tra­di­tion­ally take the whole of the month off and depart en masse for les grandes va­cances, many of us will be head­ing to France for ours. Holidaymakers and house-hunters alike of­ten pass through Pas-de-Calais en route to sun­nier climes with­out so much as a back­ward glance, and yet France’s north­ern­most depart­ment re­ally does de­serve a closer look. On page 20, Peter Ste­wart ex­plores its dis­tinctly Flem­ish towns, var­ied land­scape and spec­tac­u­lar ex­panse of coast­line and finds a wor­thy ri­val to the sun-drenched south.

Speak­ing of coast­line, Char­ente-Mar­itime has plenty to of­fer in that depart­ment too, and so much more be­sides, as you’ll dis­cover on page 44. Ev­ery day would surely feel like a holiday if you lived here. This month we meet two cou­ples who moved to France in search of a bet­ter work-life bal­ance and found even more than they were hop­ing for (p30 and p40). Both are en­joy­ing qual­ity time with their fam­i­lies while also run­ning suc­cess­ful holiday ac­com­mo­da­tion busi­nesses.

I’m also pleased to an­nounce the launch of our new mag­a­zine app, con­tain­ing 50 is­sues and four years’ worth of con­tent, which is avail­able to down­load now. Search for Liv­ing France in the App Store or find out more on page 10.

As I write this, the re­sult of the EU ref­er­en­dum has just been an­nounced and it has been con­firmed that the UK has voted to leave the EU. We will of course con­tinue to sup­port France, and will en­deav­our to bring you the an­swers to your ques­tions over the com­ing months in the mag­a­zine and on­line.

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