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Summer 2022, issue No. 30

Discover captivating Corsica, the island of beauty and glitzy, cinematic Cannes. Explore Antibes, less well known than it's neighbours Nice and Cannes, it's incredibly pretty and authentic, and the Camargue in the south of France where wild white horses and pink flamingoes roam. Come with us to arty Arles, historic Agincourt and Aisne in Picardy - the ancient cradle of France. Meet artisan gin makers in Cognac, discover the prune route of France, fabulous recipes, guides, gorgeous photos, the best tours, what's new in France and delicious recipes - and more...

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© Agen Tourisme THE PRUNE route of France Kevin Pilley and Janine Marsh uncover the history of France’s love of prunes! 76 | The Good Life France

You don’t get any of that at the Louvre. Or by staring up at the Sistine ceiling. The New York Met and Tate London have nothing on Musée du Pruneau on the Berino- Matinet farm in Lafitte-sur-Lot in Lot-et- Garonne. “Awe” is the only word for it. It’s the only way you can describe the feeling you get when you find yourself in the presence of the world’s two oldest prunes. The star attractions and most prized of the world’s first – and so far only - prune museum, are two elderly and very frail plums. They are the oldest and most wizened prunes in captivity. Experts believe them to be priceless. Although they will never be auctioned. Food safety regulations assure that. “Le Musée du Pruneau Gourmand” houses a unique collection of prune-related paraphernalia. Its famous pickled relics, which are kept in an airtight and thief-proof cabinet to deter private collectors (yes really), date back to 1857. They are local celebrities. Although no longer edible, they are of great historical significance. The oldest prunes in the world There is a museum near Agen in south-west France that will move you in a way no museum has moved you before. You’ll feel your body’s bile production surge, blood sugar level stabilize, ossification parameters dramatically improve and cholesterol rapidly plummet. You may even feel the toxins being flushed away. The relaxation is tangible. The soluble fibre palpable. The Good Life France | 77