‘Tis the sea­son

Living France - - News - Vicky Leigh, Deputy Ed­i­tor

They say time flies when you’re hav­ing fun, and here we are with the fes­tive sea­son upon us once again. I’ve al­ways loved Christ­mas, and this is­sue has def­i­nitely helped me to get into the spirit of the sea­son. There’s some­thing par­tic­u­larly mag­i­cal about Al­sace at this time of the year, and I’ll never for­get my first visit to Col­mar and the marché de Noël in Kay­sers­berg when I lived in neigh­bour­ing Lor­raine. Solange Hando’s ar­ti­cle cer­tainly left me feel­ing fes­tive (and nos­tal­gic – a re­turn visit has now been added to my list of res­o­lu­tions for 2017), yet also re­minded me that this east­ern cor­ner of France isn’t just for Christ­mas, as you’ll dis­cover on page 20.

There’s more sea­sonal cheer in store in our guide to French Yule­tide tra­di­tions on page 30, but if you’re al­ready look­ing for­ward to the re­turn of warmer weather then why not dip a toe into the waters of Cor­sica? With beau­ti­ful beaches, spec­tac­u­lar scenery and 2,800 sun­shine hours per year, it’s the per­fect cure for the win­ter blues (p40).

As 2016 draws to a close and with the prospect of Brexit on the hori­zon, our cur­rency and tax ex­perts con­sider what might lie ahead in 2017 (p78 and 80). But for now I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christ­mas, and don’t for­get you can join us at The France Show in Lon­don in Jan­uary – turn to page 50 for more in­for­ma­tion and a spe­cial ticket of­fer. We hope to see you there.

Joyeux Noël!

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