Sum­mer of Con­tent

France - - Bienvenue - Lara Dunn Editor

This year we have had one of the hottest sum­mers I can re­mem­ber in the UK. Tar­mac melted, hosepipes were banned, ice-cream ra­tioning was en­forced (OK, so I made up that last one, but it was a close thing!). It has been a sum­mer where over­seas travel hasn’t felt quite like the burn­ing pri­or­ity it usu­ally is, and yet still the pull of France has been strong. Our writ­ers have been mak­ing the most of the great weather to walk in Luberon, cy­cle in the Alps, drink beer in Mar­seille, drive 2CVS in Dor­dogne and a host of other won­der­ful French ad­ven­tures which they will share with you in fu­ture is­sues of the mag­a­zine. La vie, as they say, has def­i­nitely been belle.

In­side this is­sue you will hope­fully find some in­spi­ra­tion for your own jour­neys. We share a Pyrenean city-break idea, a visit to the ul­tra-mod­ern new aquar­ium at Nausicaá, a drive around Fin­istère, a round or two on the golf cour­ses of the north to cel­e­brate the Ry­der Cup start­ing in France on 28 Septem­ber and a brand-new cy­cle route fol­low­ing the River Meuse through the north-east. Dog-lovers will def­i­nitely want to read the guide to ac­com­mo­da­tion that wel­comes their beloved four-legged friends, too.

Those look­ing for cul­tural sat­is­fac­tion should en­joy an ac­count of the history of the ac­cor­dion, a look at some of the most in­flu­en­tial French women over the years and also some great new books and films to in­ves­ti­gate. Our lan­guage pages are crammed with help­ful sce­nar­ios, quizzes and guid­ance, de­signed to make that next trip over the Chan­nel a smoother and more ful­fill­ing one. If all that in­tel­lec­tual ed­i­fi­ca­tion has left you feel­ing peck­ish, why not bake our tasty pissal­adières recipe, find out how to bake the per­fect fougasse at The Bertinet Bak­ery in Bath, and check out the best places to eat on a visit to Ar­ras. Maybe en­joy it all with a glass of fra­grant gewurz­traminer? I’ll leave that up to you. À bi­en­tôt!

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