A Soupçon of France in the UK

France - - BIENVENUE - Lara Dunn Edi­tor

For many of us, the short days and long dark nights of Jan­uary are some­thing to be bat­tled from within a warm dress­ing-gown and a comfy chair, hope­fully clutch­ing the lat­est is­sue of FRANCE Mag­a­zine! It’s a time for de­li­cious food, hot drinks and plan­ning the es­capes of the year ahead. For us in the of­fice, it is a time of ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion too, as we all look for­ward to The France Show at Olympia in Lon­don. It is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for us to meet you - the read­ers who make our job so re­ward­ing. Look out for more in­for­ma­tion on our Meet the Team ses­sions on so­cial me­dia closer to the time. Not only do we get to chat to you, we also get to in­dulge a lit­tle our­selves, with the ex­cel­lent French food, wine and en­ter­tain­ment tak­ing place across all three days. Do come along and join us for un pe­tit verre!

In the mean­time, we hope you love this is­sue of the mag­a­zine, packed with in­spi­ra­tion for things to see and do in the weeks and months ahead. The Loire Val­ley looks like the place to visit in 2019, as it cel­e­brates 500 years of the Re­nais­sance, and Le Mans shows it is more than just a city for car en­thu­si­asts. The al­lure of Paris is time­less and en­dur­ing, and our guide to bril­liant places to stay for all bud­gets might just give you an itchy pass­port. There’s also enough food, drink, his­tory, lan­guage and cul­tural con­tent to make that comfy chair feel ex­tra trou­ble­some to leave.

The lovely FRANCE Cal­en­dar 2019 is now avail­able to buy too, per­fect as a last-minute Christ­mas treat for the Fran­cophile in your life. Turn to page 50 for de­tails. À bi­en­tôt!

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