I’ve enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane while putting this month’s issue together. Reading Peter Stewart’s article on Seine-Maritime (p20) reminded me of my first school trip to Upper Normandy – I remember the excitement of the ferry crossing to Dieppe; seeing (and smelling) cheese being made in front of my very eyes, and standing beneath the Gros Horloge in Rouen, before plucking up the courage to order an ice cream in my best schoolgirl French from a glacier in one of the colourful half-timbered buildings.
My experience of Seine-Maritime was short but sweet, but for Lynn and Duncan Birtles, it has offered a different way of life for the past 14 years. The couple share what they love about living there and running a B&B on page 28.
It’s not every day that a famous TV chef comes to stay, never mind that you have to cook for one, so what happens when James Martin arrives on your doorstep? Find out on page 30, as Catriona Burns catches up with two couples running B&Bs in Dordogne and Aude who welcomed the cast and crew behind the French Adventure series. We took the opportunity to ask James where he’d buy a home across the Channel too – let us know if you agree with his choice.
This month’s Cannes festival also inspired us to take a closer look at some of the towns and villages across France where popular movies have been filmed (p40). They all have star quality, and are even better in real life than they look in the make-believe world on screen. Just imagine what it would be like to live there…
Vicky Leigh, Editor