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Ire­mem­ber say­ing in a pre­vi­ous wel­come let­ter that my favourite place in France is of­ten wher­ever I hap­pen to have been most re­cently. As I’ve just re­turned from a long-over­due trip to Paris, it won’t sur­prise you to know that the French cap­i­tal is now my favourite.

The trip was the ideal mix of re­vis­it­ing fa­mil­iar places and dis­cov­er­ing new, and I’ve fi­nally ticked a visit to the fa­mous Shake­speare and Com­pany book­shop off my list. If I ever do make my dream life in Paris a re­al­ity, I know that spending hours brows­ing those hig­gledy-pig­gledy shelves would be one of many things that made me very happy. It’s very tempt­ing, so per­haps I should jump and have faith in a safe land­ing.

It worked for Sam Thomas and Jon Dredge, who left Manch­ester in 2004 in search of new ad­ven­tures and when they found them­selves in Morzine, knew there was no turn­ing back (p42).

It worked for Gil­lian Har­vey too, and as we sadly

say farewell to our reg­u­lar colum­nist this month, she re­flects on the decade she has spent liv­ing in Li­mousin (p98). I think this line says it all: “I’ve learned to be a hap­pier ver­sion of my­self. I’ve found time to em­brace the things I love.” I hope you have en­joyed fol­low­ing her French ad­ven­tures as much as I have, and she’ll still be writ­ing for the mag­a­zine, as she has this month on page 54 where she shares Donna McDougall’s story of trans­form­ing a château in Nor­mandy.

We also have to say au revoir to As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor Stephanie this month as she leaves us after five years with Liv­ing France, and we wish her all the very best in her new challenge. We’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing some new faces to the Liv­ing France team in the com­ing weeks, and we’ll be in­tro­duc­ing our new colum­nist soon too, so watch this space!

Many happy hours of book­shop brows­ing would be fol­lowed by even more happy hours in a sa­lon de thé

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