Parisian longs for Is­lay life

The Oban Times - - News -

A PARISIAN philoso­pher wants to make Is­lay his home af­ter a hol­i­day this sum­mer.

Theo Le­grand, 36, says he had a ‘coup de foudre’ (bolt of light­ning), for Is­lay and now wants to make his life on the is­land. He has ad­ver­tised in the is­land’s com­mu­nity news­let­ter look­ing for work and a house.

Theo said: ‘I am French and I live in Paris for 36 years.

‘In May, I de­cided to take a va­ca­tion and visit Scot­land. Since I didn’t have much time, I chose to visit the is­land of Is­lay ex­clu­sively. Af­ter a week I strug­gled to re­turn to Paris be­cause I im­me­di­ately un­der­stood it was in such a place that I wanted to live.

‘First there is the fact that this place is so quiet, so peace­ful, the na­ture, the an­i­mals, the land­scapes, the sea. I feel good in this at­mos­phere where you can breathe fresh air. Then there are the peo­ple. In Paris peo­ple are very stressed and ner­vous. Life is tir­ing. The Ileach are quiet and wel­com­ing, their door is al­ways open. They are po­lite and greet you when you meet them by car on the road. And of course there is also whisky. I’m not a heavy drinker, but I have been into tast­ing whisky for about 15 years.

‘The first sin­gle malt I en­joyed in a French pub was a dram of La­gavulin 16. In short, I had what we call in French a coup de foudre for Is­lay. My dream would be to work in a dis­tillery.

ON THE MOVE: Theo Le­grand wants to make a new life for him­self in Is­lay and is look­ing

for a flat and a job

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