Ev­ery­day France

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD ARTS -

Year af­ter year France re­tains its ti­tle of the world’s most vis­ited hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. With some of the most de­li­cious food and drink, fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture and his­tory, buzzing ur­ban cen­tres and scenic vil­lages and coun­try­side, this should come as no great sur­prise to any­one.

No mat­ter what your pas­sion, be it food, art, wine, or the great outdoors – think cy­cling in the sun­shine along­side a tum­bling tree-lined river – France has some­thing for ev­ery vis­i­tor. Here to en­joy are just three of the des­ti­na­tions which fea­ture in the 2019 FRANCE Calendar, brought to you by Ar­chant’s FRANCE Mag­a­zine. CHÂTEAU DE MES­NIL-GLAISE, ORNE, NOR­MANDY

This 19th-cen­tury neo-re­nais­sance château is built high up on a dra­matic cliff, over­look­ing the banks of the River Orne, in the town of Batilly in the Suisse-nor­mande area of Nor­mandy. It makes for an im­pres­sive sight, par­tic­u­larly when sea­sonal mists show off the au­tumn colours of the sur­round­ing wood­lands to their best ad­van­tage. The dra­matic rocky scenery of this part of Suis­senor­mande is a star­tling con­trast to the more un­du­lat­ing bu­colic green­ery of the nearby depart­ment of Cal­va­dos, and is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for walk­ers and climbers, as well as ca­noeists look­ing to ex­plore the River Orne.

CON­QUES, AVEY­RON

A pop­u­lar stop on the pil­grim­age route from Le Puy-en-ve­lay to San­ti­ago de Com­postela in Spain, Con­ques is an at­trac­tive vil­lage of tim­ber-framed build­ings and twist­ing paths, fes­tooned with flow­ers and fo­liage. It sits in the won­der­fully ru­ral depart­ment of Avey­ron, at the con­flu­ence of two rivers – the Dour­dou de Con­ques and the Ouche. One of France’s fa­mous Plus Beaux Vil­lages, Con­ques wel­comes vis­i­tors to wan­der its streets – per­haps fol­low­ing the scal­lop shells of the Camino - and ex­plore its charms, from ar­ti­sanal craft shops, to the 12th-cen­tury abbey church and of course plenty of cafés and restau­rants to while away the hours in. En­joy the beauty of France ev­ery day with the FRANCE Calendar 2019. Fea­tur­ing 14 beau­ti­ful glossy pho­to­graphs, in­clud­ing the im­ages shown here, the FRANCE Calendar 2019 is the per­fect gift for fam­ily and friends - or even your­self. A sin­gle calendar costs £11.99, but if you or­der 4 or more they are only £8.99 each. To or­der visit www.sub­save.co.uk/fclf9 or call 01858 438 840 and quote code LFCLIFE9 T&CS: *Price £11.99 per calendar. £8.99 is the price per calendar when you or­der 4 or more. Two cal­en­dars will cost £10.99 each, three cal­en­dars will cost £9.99 each. Prices in­clude free P&P to any UK ad­dress. Over­seas ad­dresses will in­cur ad­di­tional charges. For postage to Europe please add £2.00 per calendar and to the rest of the world please add £3.50 per calendar. Each calendar comes in a pro­tec­tive en­ve­lope.

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