Living France - - Welcome - Vicky Leigh, Editor

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.

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