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Living France - - News - Vicky Leigh, Deputy Edi­tor

Iprob­a­bly shouldn’t ad­mit this, but I’ve never been ski­ing – despite hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to do so quite lit­er­ally on my doorstep when I lived in France. Since com­ing back to the UK I’ve of­ten re­gret­ted not giv­ing it a go, and this month’s fea­ture on Haute-Savoie made me think – yet again – that I re­ally should rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion. (Per­haps I should make it a be­lated New Year’s res­o­lu­tion.)

The de­part­ment is home to some of France’s – and in­deed the world’s – most fa­mous ski re­sorts, and yet at the same time it’s def­i­nitely not just for win­ter. If you’re look­ing for some­where to en­joy a year-round lifestyle in France then you’ll find it on page 20. Lake An­necy in par­tic­u­lar is beau­ti­ful in the sum­mer, with ac­tiv­i­ties ga­lore on the wa­ter and the shore.

Choos­ing a lo­ca­tion is one of the first de­ci­sions you’re likely to face when it comes to buy­ing a French home, but how do you make the right one in a coun­try as di­verse as France? House-sit­ting could be the an­swer – find out how it of­fers the chance to live like a lo­cal and try be­fore you buy on page 38. And when you are ready to get a foot on the prop­erty lad­der, our guide on page 54 ex­plains the buy­ing process in France.

We were in­vited to meet Lyn­d­say and Richard Wat­ter­son, stars of the new series of A New Life in the Sun on Chan­nel 4, at their home in Gers to find out more about their own move to France. Our Staff Writer Ca­tri­ona Burns’ in­ter­view with them was filmed for the pro­gramme, and you can read all about it on page 32. Keep your eyes peeled for her cameo!

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