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