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Issue No. 12

Sensational cities to tiny villages, food and wine, culture and heritage. Champagne, an aristocratic saffron grower, Anger, Montparnasse, Morzeine, Carol Drinkwater shares her passion for France. Gorgeous photos and fabulous features will transport you to the heart of France in this brilliant, free magazine...

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Crédit: Comité Régional de Développement Touristique d'Auvergne BEROUJON-Pascale Vichy No visit to this area is complete without taking in the lovely spa town of Vichy. The spa tradition was introduced by the Romans as well as at nearby Bourbon l’Archambault and Mont-Dore, a tradition that continues to delight 2000 years later. Next morning I was in the nearby town of Thiers. More than 60% of all the kitchen knives used in France are made here and I was not only able to visit a factory to watch them being made but was able to make my own. Gastronomy for gourmets Auvergne has many delights to please foodies. Saint-Nectaire, Fourme d’Ambert, Cantal, Salers and Auvergne Blue Cheese are some of the famous cheeses sold in all the markets or you can buy direct from a cave. On top of these specialities, you have the top quality ‘charcuterie’, cured meats, sausages, and a local andouillette (though you need to be a fan of tripe to enjoy that one). Don’t leave without trying the traditional petit salé made with green lentils from Le Puy or stuffed cabbages, or truffade potato cakes. In autumn wild mushrooms are used in many dishes – guaranteed to titillate your taste buds. The Auvergne is a real treat, a trip here leaves you revitalised and re-energised and there’s nowhere else quite like it. Auvergne Tourist office website Read more about Auvergne Expat in Auvergne story Page 106

How to get to Clermont Ferrand By Air: The airport at Clermont Ferrand is served well by Paris airports. By Train: 3 hours 15 minutes from Paris Bercy station. Details: UKVoyagesSNCF Where to stay Mecure Clermont Ferrand. This brand new hotel is excellent and in a really great location in the town centre. Le Clos de Bourgogn, Moulins. 4 Star old world excellence with Michelin starred restaurant, sensational. Hotel Les Nations. Vichy. Central location. classic functional French Hotel Where to eat Les Kancres, Clermont Ferrand: a proper little bistro La Gourmandine, Clermont Ferrand: sensational classic French food in super modern city centre setting. Brasserie Le Lutucre, Vichy: a proper French brasserie, great meat dishes. (3 Rue de Paris) Chez La Mere Depalle, Thiers: great lunch - one of the best meals I have had in France. Home Buyers Auvergne Auvergne is a region where authenticity is truly preserved. Here is where you will discover old houses and traditional farm cottages in stunning scenery. There's easy access to major towns and lots of social activities. At the same time you will live your life at a relaxed pace, with greater time for well-being. Auvergne is a remote region of natural wonders with a strong cultural legacy that can be found in the architecture, cuisine, and dialect. It is home to beautiful medieval villages, magnificent frescoed Romanesque churches and castles of the Bourbon Lords. Auvergne local property expert Alison Brettell's top picks: €66,000 Three bedroomed stone built detached house in need of renovation, with separate appartment and outbuildings located on the edge of a lovely village. Click here for more details €198,000 €450,000 Elegant mansion and an independent house, surrounded by 4.5 hectares of park. Currently run as a successful B&B and gîte business. Quiet and peaceful. Click here for more details Beautifully renovated three bedroomed stone house and mini-camping with swimming pool is situated on the edge of a small village in a peaceful location with stunning views. Click here for more details