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The Car that went to Menton France

Written by on August 26, 2015 in Guest Blogs, Provence-Alpes
The Car that went to Menton France

Menton is one of my favourite towns in France and I have spent and still do spend much time there. The famous Lemon Festival is one the highlights of my year…. So says Peter Jones, Francophile, who in the 1980′s was managing a Building Society branch office in Stratford on Avon, England (Shakespeare country) where […]

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Visiting the Lille Braderie Flea Market

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Events, Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Visiting the Lille Braderie Flea Market

For years my neighbours went on about “The BIG One”, the Lille Braderie, the biggest flea market in Europe with its 10,000 stalls full of bits and bobs, vintage, antiques, pre-loved pieces. Here in France going to flea markets at the weekend or on a national holiday, is a national hobby… but going to the […]

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Langres Haut-Marne Champagne-Ardenne

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne
Langres Haut-Marne Champagne-Ardenne

I recently visited Langres in the Haut-Marne department. It isn’t as well-known as it should be and I’ll tell you why this is a fabulous place to visit: it is not only one of the oldest towns in France, it’s also stunningly beautiful and boasts the longest ramparts in Europe, a whole 3.5 kilometres and, […]

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The Saturday market Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 15, 2015 in Blog, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Saturday market Montreuil-sur-Mer

Every Saturday for as long as anyone can remember, and much further back than that, there has been a market in the main square of Montreuil-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais. It is a lovely little town, filled with cobbled streets and narrow alleyways that snake their way through the middle of ancient buildings and shops. It […]

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Perigord Walnuts

Written by on August 13, 2015 in Aquitaine, Gastronomy
Perigord Walnuts

Papa – my French girlfriend’s father – was in ‘ribbing the English’ mood, specifically me. If he was to be my father-in-law, I had certain standards to meet. It was a game he liked to play at my expense, not least because he knew I took it all in good sport…much of the time! Well, […]

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Visit Lourmarin for a taste of Provence

Written by on August 12, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
Visit Lourmarin for a taste of Provence

Situated in the heart of Provence, the 1,000 year old village of Lourmarin is one of the most beautiful villages in France, it’s official! A very pretty town with fountain-lined streets that thread their way around the village which has an ancient belfry (castelas) and a charming Romanesque church.  A magnificent 15th Century castle houses […]

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Family Friendly Holidays in France

Family Friendly Holidays in France

Lot of parents say that they have problems trying to book a holiday in France that offers self-catering accommodation where the needs of children of all ages are provided for, including babies and toddlers. Pagel  Child Centred Holidays near Cahors, in the Lot region, southwest France, set out to knock this issue on the head […]

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Enchanting Entrevaux Provence

Written by on August 11, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
Enchanting Entrevaux Provence

Discover intriguing, medieval Entrevaux, perched on a rocky spur at the meeting point of two valleys in the mountains north of Nice. Overlooking the Var river and protected by a 17th Century citadel sitting even higher above the village, this walled village guards a once highly strategic approach to the south. There’s even a drawbridge! […]

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La Defense Paris

Written by on August 10, 2015 in Paris
La Defense Paris

Located right at the far western end of the City, way beyond the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe is a district where old and new architecture blend elegantly and with sophistication. For visitors to the city of light, this is a very different side of Paris, La Defense, the shiny business sector. It can […]

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Lille Braderie 2015

Written by on August 6, 2015 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille Braderie 2015

The Braderie de Lille is the BIG one, the biggest flea market in Europe and for lovers of vintage, bargains and old tat this is a place of wonderment and temptation… Ancient History Held every September, the Braderie de Lille has been going on for centuries. No one knows for sure why or how it […]

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