Holidays and Things to do

Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

The Lille Flea market, known to the locals as the Lille Braderie, will take place over the weekend of 6th and 7th September 2014 This awesome flea market is the biggest in Europe and attracts up to two million buyers bent on seeking a bargain amongst the 10,000 stall holders. Over 100km of road space is […]

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Tour de France logistics – from the UK to France

Written by on July 14, 2014 in Sport
Tour de France logistics – from the UK to France

The Tour de France logistics are simply staggering: a 3,500 km race involving 219 cyclists, 1100 vehicles, 1200 hotel rooms a night and watched on TV by 3.5 billion people… For me, one of the highlights of the Tour de France was following its progress from the first stages in the UK and seeing it […]

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The Tour de France Circus Comes to a Small Rural French Town

Written by on July 14, 2014 in My French Life, Sport
The Tour de France Circus Comes to a Small Rural French Town

The Tour de France circus comes to town: I am not sure that life will ever be the same again in the little French town of Hucqueliers in Pas de Calais. Usually the most exciting thing that happens there is the annual flea market, or the horse show in which a truck load of horses […]

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Best place to watch Bastille Day Fireworks in Paris July 2014

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals
Best place to watch Bastille Day Fireworks in Paris July 2014

Bastille day is celebrated with much pomp, splendour and gusto in Paris and the Paris Bastille Day fireworks are an institution – a major event to see at least once in your life. The famous fireworks show attracts hundreds of thousands of people, and for good reason. Here are our tips for the best place […]

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Tour de France fever in the French Mountains

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Sport
Tour de France fever in the French Mountains

2014 sees the 101st Tour de France but age does not diminish the excitement of this spectacular bike race… and this year will see Tour de France fever in the French mountains for a thrilling race of ups and downs… 22 teams, 21 stages, 3,656 kilometres over 21 days – it is gruelling, dangerous and […]

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Route of the Tour de France 2014

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Sport
Route of the Tour de France 2014

The route of the Tour de France 2014, the 101st edition of this thrilling race, takes place from 5th to 27th July and promises to lose none of its drama and passion as it takes in more mountains than ever for 2014. This year, the competition is back in Great-Britain, seven years after it’s great […]

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Ypres and the Menin Gate Memorial

Written by on June 18, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Ypres and the Menin Gate Memorial

Standing under the great arch that is the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, I am surrounded by hundreds of people and yet it is silent. The roads have been closed on either side of this main route into and out of the town and everything seems eerily still. At this most poignant memorial, those who […]

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Josephine Baker Chateau des Milandes

Written by on June 17, 2014 in Aquitaine, Museums and Châteaux
Josephine Baker Chateau des Milandes

If you are ever travelling in the area known as the Perigord region, within the Dordogne department of France, don’t miss out on a visit to the Chateau des Milandes once the home of Josephine Baker, the legendary American entertainer… The Chateau des Milandes is a very imposing, privately owned house surrounded by its own […]

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Festival of the Crab in Audresselles France

Written by on June 14, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Nord-Pas de Calais
Festival of the Crab in Audresselles France

Every year on a June weekend, a very special crab festival takes place in the little fishing village of Audresselles on the Opal Coast of northern France. About a 20 minute drive from the port of Calais, tucked away off the main artery A16 autoroute which leads to the south, is the glorious D940 coastal […]

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House Sitting In France – The Savvy Travellers Secret

Written by on June 13, 2014 in Holidays and Things to do, Living in France
House Sitting In France – The Savvy Travellers Secret

House sitting is growing in popularity and that should be no surprise to savvy travellers who seek an authentic holiday that doesn’t break the bank. House sitting means just that. All over the world home owners need someone to look after their property while they’re away. Many of them have beloved pets which their owners […]

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