Ex­pect the un­ex­pected

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

As the say­ing goes, you think you know some­one, but I think per­haps it ought to be, you think you know some­where. Hav­ing been a Fran­cophile from a very young age and do­ing the job I now do, I’ve been lucky enough to visit many parts of France for both work and plea­sure over the years, but it never ceases to amaze me just how much more there is to dis­cover and how much more there is to learn.

Did you know, for ex­am­ple, that Haute-Vi­enne is of­ten re­ferred to as the ‘Lake Dis­trict of France’ and that it boasts some of the clean­est air in the coun­try? If find­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of life is a driv­ing fac­tor in your move across the Chan­nel then it could be the depart­ment for you – turn to page 20 to find out more.

Or per­haps city liv­ing holds more ap­peal? If so then Bordeaux has plenty to of­fer, too, as you’ll learn on page 42, and its ap­peal­ing at­tributes ex­tend far beyond world-class wine. Speak­ing of wine, Novem­ber marks the ar­rival of Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau and on page 71 our ex­pert Richard Hem­ming ex­plains why it’s worth in­dulging in a glass or two.

Are you a par­ent mov­ing to France with chil­dren? How well they cope with learn­ing the lan­guage may well be one of your main con­cerns, so don’t miss our ex­pert ad­vice on rais­ing bilin­gual chil­dren to put your mind at ease (p32).

En­joy the is­sue, and as al­ways please do join us on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram or write to us at the ad­dress overleaf.

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