Parisian longs for Islay life
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