This issue is all about belonging, in its many different forms, and how that can change us. I was having a coffee at the Grande Bourse in Nîmes opposite the Arènes, next to a young couple and their baby, and I suddenly realised that my role as mother to my own son had changed. In July he’ll actually be playing in the Nîmes Arènes, opening for world-famous singer Jamiroquai — he’ll be there, all alone like a gladiator in the middle of thousands of people. Thus my role of mother has now metamorphosed into something very different from when he was little. It’s a strange feeling for a mother to have a child "belonging" to the public — I’m very happy and proud of course, but I now need to learn this new role as a "distance carer".
Cover photo: “La Cabane des Sauveteurs, Gruissan Plage” (oil on canvas) – 40x30cm - Jennifer Dennis
When kids are raised as Third Culture Kids, it's a huge asset for them as they can easily adapt to life anywhere in the world (p12). But how and when do we reach the stage that we feel we belong somewhere (p6)? I enjoyed talking with Robin Hicks about this — he came to France for the sun, and stayed for the people (p8). Meanwhile on the same subject, author Adam Thorpe explains how he has spent half a lifetime in France and written a successful new book (p10), while Rachel with horses (p22), Nicola with ice cream (p27) and Matt with wine (p24) have all taken the opportunity of being new to France to establish their own milestones on the road to belonging in a new culture.
As always at Le SUN, we take great pleasure in discovering — and rediscovering — our French heritage, and in this issue we invite you to learn about Aigues-Mortes’ most celebrated prisoner (p14), what’s happening this summer in Saint-Gilles (p18), the stunning new Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes (p16) and the passion of a baker (p20).
We hope you enjoy reading this issue of Le SUN!
Laurence Boxall, Publisher
9 How to transfer your UK pension to France
16 Pension advice
20 Books from Camili BOOKS & TEA in Avignon
21 Meet the author: Pat Young in Carcassonne
25 A Taste of Languedoc in Azille
26 Sun Pages