A show of love

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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

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