A show of love
I’m writing this on my way home from The France Show, and not for the first time I’m left reflecting on just how special France is. I spent a weekend surrounded by thousands of Francophiles, all of whom had made the journey to London because they love France and everything the French lifestyle famously has to offer, and I really can’t think of any other country that manages to bring people together in such a way. I even had the pleasure of meeting a couple who bought their holiday home in Normandy from the very first issue of Living France. More than 25 years later they are still the proud owners of both the property and the issue of the magazine, which I think pretty much sums up France’s enduring appeal. They’ve promised to send us a photo, and we look forward to receiving it.
The French lifestyle is often cited as the main reason for moving to France, and enjoying the wine is a big part of that. Gironde’s capital Bordeaux is synonymous with world-class wines, and the department as a whole has plenty more to offer to help you live French life to the full, as you’ll discover on page 20. American expat Carol de Montrichard Dalléas certainly thinks so – it’s been her home for over 40 years now (p30).
They say you never stop learning, and even as a lifelong Francophile I’m still discovering new things about my favourite country – this month thanks to staff writer Catriona Burns’ piece on page 42. As a bookworm, I think Bécherel in Brittany sounds like the perfect place for me to live.
Vicky Leigh, Editor