City of Delight
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.