Regions of France

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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The last beret maker France

The last beret maker France

The iconic beret of France was born from the land, not from industry. It is part of the heritage and local savoir-faire…. You will probably think this is very cliché, but if I ask you to picture a typical French man, he is very likely to be sitting on his old bicyclette, a baguette under […]

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What to see and do in Montmartre, Paris

Written by on June 28, 2015 in Paris
What to see and do in Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre rests on a hill, 130 meters above the sprawling city of Paris. You don’t need a map to find it. Just look out for the very prominent Basilica du Sacré-Cœur, which majestically surveys all that lies at its feet. The name Montmartre translates as ‘mountain of the martyr’. The name reminds France of one […]

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The Beautiful Scenic Road of the Opal Coast

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Nord-Pas de Calais
The Beautiful Scenic Road of the Opal Coast

Last week I decided to go for a drive on one of my favourite routes in France, the D940 coastal road from Calais to Boulogne-sur-Mer. You probably won’t even have heard of it and I don’t blame you, its a bit of a secret and almost always overlooked by drivers who reach Calais and push […]

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Vieux Lyon, Old Lyon Town, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Rhône Alpes
Vieux Lyon, Old Lyon Town, France

Outside the Boulangerie du Palais on the corner of rue St-Jean and the rue du Palais de Justice a queue is forming, an alien concept in contemporary France where queuing ranks alongside a rugby maul in terms of finesse. My situation is not at ease with the sight of so much patience and order, and […]

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How to Spend Three Days in Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Rhône Alpes
How to Spend Three Days in Lyon, France

Lyon in southern France is famous for its fabulous gastronomy, its architecture and winding little streets, it’s old town and its new look. There’s so much to see and enjoy but what if you only have three days in Lyon? The greatness of Lyon’s past is truly matched by its present-day cultural dynamism and diversity. […]

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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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Lyon Silk weavers and traboules

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Rhône Alpes
Lyon Silk weavers and traboules

Recently, I found myself in the welcome shade of a traboule (those ancient covered passageways for which Lyon is famed), on the steep banks of the Croix Rousse, formerly Lyon’s silk weaving district. And as shoppers bustled by, bags in hand, making their  way to the trendy boutiques below, I couldn’t help but wonder about […]

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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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Visiting Saint Remy de Provence

Written by on June 1, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
Visiting Saint Remy de Provence

Driving into Saint Remy de Provence, it is impossible not to notice the avenues of plane trees that are gnarled and knobbled like the arthritic hands of an old man. Their crowns are pollarded once each year, to keep them from knitting together over the road. Plane trees are enormous, tolerant of pollution and drought. […]

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