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Introducing Riviera Insider's editor: Elsa Carpenter

When I moved to France in August 2011, I had no idea that one year abroad for my French and Public Relations degree would be extended beyond those 12 months, let alone into seven years. Needless to say, that year changed my life.

During my first taste of the south, I spent a semester at a business school in the heart of Nice before discovering Riviera Insider (then The Riviera Times). I sent the editor an email. She didn’t have any space for me on her team, but agreed to a fortnight’s internship. It grew first to a month, then to two. When I packed up my apartment at the end of the summer to return to Liverpool for my final year of university, I was still working there.

A couple of months later, I was back in the Côte d’Azur and at my old desk. Following a brief stint in yacht marketing - an almost unavoidable industry for any expat here I think! - I was drawn back to writing and journalism, and re-joined Riviera Insider as its editor in spring 2016. Now with our editor-in-chief Petra Hall leaving for her well-deserved retirement, 2018 represents another stage at the magazine for me.

There is no other way to describe my time at Riviera Insider other than the very best immersive experience for a girl from South Wales. I know the names, characteristics and sights to see of almost every village, town and city in the region, and am full of recommendations on where to eat, drink and take all those guests who come to visit. In many ways, I am the reader as well as the writer: always on the hunt of something new to see, do and learn. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!