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Living France - - Welcome - Vicky Leigh, Ed­i­tor

There was a time when I felt like I’d been let in on a se­cret that very few peo­ple knew about. I re­mem­ber my first visit to Kay­sers­berg as though it were yes­ter­day, although some­how it’s been more than 10 years now since I called this part of France home (how time flies when you’re hav­ing fun).

Hid­den away in France’s north-east­ern corner, this pic­turesque vil­lage of colour­ful, half-tim­bered houses was a rev­e­la­tion, es­pe­cially as I had the good for­tune to dis­cover it dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, which made the ex­pe­ri­ence all the more magical.

Of course, the se­cret’s out now, and all the more so since Kay­sers­berg was re­cently named as the Vil­lage préféré des Français for 2017. It’s cer­tainly a wor­thy re­cip­i­ent of the ac­co­lade, and if you haven’t been yet then turn to page 8 to see why.

Glenn Ford’s story on page 30 is an­other rea­son I’m feel­ing nos­tal­gic about Al­sace this month, not to

men­tion en­vi­ous of his life or­gan­is­ing walk­ing and cy­cling tours in the heart of the re­gion’s vine­yards, where he’s lived for al­most 30 years. As is so of­ten the case, I don’t think I ap­pre­ci­ated my sur­round­ings enough when I had all of this on my doorstep. Per­haps it’s time for me to stop day­dream­ing about mov­ing back there and ac­tu­ally do it?

If you have de­cided to make the move and are in the process of look­ing for your dream home in France, don’t miss the op­por­tu­nity to find it at the next French Prop­erty Ex­hi­bi­tion in Lon­don from 16-17 Septem­ber. You’ll find more de­tails on page 68, and we hope to see you there.

En­joy the is­sue.

This is ex­actly the sort of house I’d be look­ing for if I did move to Al­sace

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