Buying fresh bread from the boulangerie – surely one of the best things about life in France
How many of you think of autumn as a time for making a fresh start? The beginning of the new school term always has that effect on me, even though it’s been quite a few years now since I was last in a classroom, eager to put my brand-new stationery to good use. You’ll still find me buying pens though – I can’t help myself.
With that in mind, it seems an appropriate time to introduce our new moving diary, which follows Fiona Flint and her husband Andrew as they swap Cheshire for life in Haute-Garonne (p18). They’ve been thinking about moving to France for some years now, and recently decided it was time to seize the day. We’re looking forward to making the move with them as they get to grips with notaires, paperwork, bank accounts and learning French – and all while preparing for the arrival of their first child. Some people definitely don’t do things by halves!
From new faces to old friends, it’s been nice to catch up with British artist Perry Taylor in this issue too. He’s now spent more than a decade in Gers and the Gascon way of life clearly agrees with him – and it provides a never-ending source of inspiration for his humorous illustrations, as you’ll see on page 32. I think ‘ le selfie Gascon’ is my personal favourite.
You’ll also find lots of interesting insight and facts on page 40 as we take a closer look inside three iconic French shops that are sure to be part of your own daily life in France – and if anyone is brave enough to buy a black baguette in the spirit of trying new things, please do let us know if you’d recommend it!
Enjoy the issue.