Wel­come

Living France - - News - Vicky Leigh, Edi­tor

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?

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