I’ve just returned from a long weekend on the Côte d’Azur and can now add ‘witness at a French wedding ceremony’ to my ever-growing list of memorable experiences in France. Not only was it an honour to be part of such a special occasion, it was also fascinating to see first-hand what happens in the inner sanctum of the hôtel de ville.
Antibes has come to feel like a second home thanks to my friend’s decision to move there four years ago, and over the course of the weekend I realised just how much I want to live in France again. I think Alex Green’s return visit to her former home on the Basque coast might have had the same effect on her – find out more on page 20.
If the last year has taught us anything it’s that there’s no such thing as a sure thing, and yet while the world around us continues to change, France’s appeal remains reassuringly constant. We’re reminded on a daily basis that there really is something very
special about the French lifestyle, whether it’s meeting the visitors at our exhibitions who are planning a move to France, reading the letters we receive from our readers, or speaking to the expats we feature in each issue who are already enjoying life on the other side of the Channel. This month is no exception – we meet two former motorcycle instructors now running a B&B near Le Mans (p30), an artistic couple who have been inspired by Cordes-sur-Ciel (p36) and a couple who have turned their passion for bee-keeping into a thriving business in Charente (p46).
For now, I’ll continue to relive my time in France through my day job, but who knows what the future has in store?