City of De­light

France - - Bienxvxexnxuxe - À bi­en­tôt!

It will prob­a­bly come as no great sur­prise that be­ing editor of FRANCE Mag­a­zine takes me to France quite a lot. I am for­tu­nate enough to have vis­ited some re­ally beau­ti­ful places, stayed in some great ac­com­mo­da­tion, eaten in won­der­ful restau­rants. I’ve ticked clas­sic sights and ac­tiv­i­ties off the list in each place, as well as do­ing some more un­usual things too – al­ways with you, the read­ers in mind. While the whole Hexagone has been my oys­ter, there is one place that I have not vis­ited in years. Paris. I toured the cap­i­tal a few times in my school years, again on my way back from my time working in a ski re­sort. My first ever hol­i­day with my hus­band was to the City of Light, a quar­ter cen­tury ago, and I even cy­cled into the city at the end of a Lon­don to Paris char­ity bike ride. Still, in re­cent years, I have found my­self al­ways pass­ing through, rather than stay­ing. I have be­come more fa­mil­iar with the RER and Métro than the bustling streets, more au fait with train sta­tion baguette stands than pave­ment cafes. I love the way au­tumn en­folds Paris, so maybe this is my op­por­tu­nity to see the city and its unique joie de vivre afresh af­ter so long away? I’ll keep you posted.

The rest of the coun­try still cer­tainly has plenty to of­fer, though, don’t get me wrong. This is­sue’s fea­ture on walk­ing in Provence makes my feet itch, and I am fas­ci­nated by the tra­di­tion of ta­pes­try mak­ing in Aubusson. The vil­lage of Lavardin looks like a lovely place to while away a day or so, as does the city of Rennes in Brit­tany. The guide to Paris bak­eries is just another rea­son to visit the city!

This is­sue also sees us wel­com­ing two new Fran­cophiles to the team. From now on He­len and Steve will be shar­ing their en­thu­si­asm for France with you as well.

Lara Dunn Editor

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