Holidays & Things to do

Marathon du Medoc a REAL Fun Run

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Active Holidays, Aquitaine
Marathon du Medoc a REAL Fun Run

If I had to run a marathon – and having done three, I would think seriously about it first – I would look for one that met certain conditions. Firstly, none of that urban rushing around city streets, like London, Paris, Berlin and Boston. No, it would have to be through the most pleasant countryside, […]

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Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Rhône Alpes
Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

The Musée des Confluences, a magnificent new museum both architecturally and in its content, which sets off to explain, well, the history of everything…or so it seems. Do not miss this stunning experience, but do allow a good few hours, including on-site lunch, to get the best from the experience. This huge square, all 62,000 […]

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All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Markets
All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

The big day has arrived. You’ve digested that article in your Sunday paper and you’re off, yes, yes, I am going to France to buy and sell vintage and make my fortune.  Shall you find apothecary bottles or old, vintage maps, furniture to be shabby chic’d? Does your list include Koestler’s lost novel or Duchamp’s […]

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La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

There are three key sites dedicated to what are called Vengeance weapons (V1, V2 and V3) in and around Saint Omer in northern France: the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques, the fortress of Mimoyecques and the enormous round bunker known as La Coupole about 10km south of the town of Saint Omer. La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer La […]

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Blockhaus Eperlecques Saint Omer

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Blockhaus Eperlecques Saint Omer

Saint Omer is a quintessential northern French rural town.  With its broad market square presided over by the charming Hotel de Ville and a clutter of the street life going on alongside its vibrant cafe culture.  It’s a great location for touring the memorial sites of World War II and there are several key places […]

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Mimoyecques Museum northern France

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Mimoyecques Museum northern France

In the peaceful French countryside of northern France, there are many reminders of the region’s history, particularly during the two World Wars of the 20th Century. About 30km from the charming town of Saint Omer is the Fortress at Mimoyecques, a Germany V3 site. Mimoyecques Museum A few kilometres from the cliff tops of Cap […]

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Tandem Cycling in France

Written by on June 1, 2015 in Active Holidays
Tandem Cycling in France

Cycling holidays in France are popular and with good reason but how about a tandem ride around the French countryside? Evan and Sue Chapple tandem fans from Australia reveal how they discovered this unusual way to tour and what it’s like… France epitomises the ultimate destination for cycle touring with its beautiful villages, warm summer […]

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The Crypt of Notre Dame Cathedral, Boulogne-sur-Mer

Written by on May 29, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Crypt of Notre Dame Cathedral, Boulogne-sur-Mer

It isn’t often that I’m completely and utterly astonished but on a trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer on the Opal Coast recently – that’s exactly what happened. There is a church in the town that the Kings of France held in such high esteem that they made a pilgrimage there believing that if they didn’t, they would […]

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The best of France with Travanto

The best of France with Travanto

Warm croissants for breakfast, farmhouses with faded blue wooden shutters, weeping boughs of wisteria and miles of heritage, history and stunning landscape to explore. France remains one of the most unspoilt and diverse holiday destinations in Europe, whether you’re looking for iconic attractions, bustling local markets brimming with fresh produce or lazy days with your […]

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Brittany Ferries Make Going to France Easy AND Affordable!

Brittany Ferries Make Going to France Easy AND Affordable!

There’s never been a better time to visit France with great fares from Brittany Ferries Economie service… Warm croissants for breakfast, a crisp baguette and a wedge of cheese for lunch, fresh seafood dishes, browsing at a colourful street market, chilled wine and cider. Glorious countryside, picturesque villages, faded pastel coloured shutters, charming coastal resorts, […]

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