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What to see and do in Amiens Hauts de France

Written by on February 11, 2018 in Picardy
What to see and do in Amiens Hauts de France

Amiens is a great place to spend a weekend. It’s an introduction to French life in a northern French town that has a long history and much to offer visitors. We take a look at some of the top attractions in the city. Maison Jules Vernes Amiens was once home to the great French writer […]

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What to see and do in Abbeville, northern France

Written by on January 31, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais
What to see and do in Abbeville, northern France

If you head off roughly westbound towards Normandy from the Calais ferry port, you will almost certainly bump into a town called Abbeville. It’s a good place to stop for a break and reflect on the past. Abbeville’s historic architecture You might see the Belfry poking its nose above the horizon, it is amongst the […]

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The historic shopping passages of Paris

Written by on January 17, 2018 in Paris
The historic shopping passages of Paris

There are around a dozen still trading ancient shopping passages of Paris. Created in the 18th and 19th centuries, they are reminiscent of earlier days of a glamorous Parisian culture, they are a joy to experience. Some of them are sheltered by a glass ceiling, some lie hidden in side streets and some exude a […]

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A Different View of Paris from river boats on the Seine

Written by on December 14, 2017 in Guest Blogs
A Different View of Paris from river boats on the Seine

When you take a river boat tour in Paris you find yourself looking up at buildings rather than directly at them. My boat tour took me between the French Statue of Liberty in the west to  the Jardin des Plantes in the east. There were nine stopping off points with landing stages during a complete […]

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A bike tour of Paris provides a new view of the city

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Paris
A bike tour of Paris provides a new view of the city

Finding myself with a few hours to spare in Paris in the middle of August on a sunny day I decided to join a bike tour. I had considered the implications of confronting mad Parisian motorists from the saddle of a bicycle. My faith was never tested though, their manners were perfect and I was […]

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The Eternal Glamour of the Champs-Elysées Paris

Written by on August 13, 2017 in Paris
The Eternal Glamour of the Champs-Elysées Paris

When visiting Paris it’s a good idea to take a slow stroll down the Champs-Elysées. Parisians have always regarded their special street as the ‘Plus Belle Avenue du Monde’. And so it is. For most of us, the Champs-Elysées is a form of fantasy. We can look but never touch. We can’t really afford to […]

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The Cross Of Lorraine Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises Champagne-Ardenne

Written by on July 23, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The Cross Of Lorraine Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises Champagne-Ardenne

The Cross of Lorraine and Charles de Gaulle Memorial, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne. In the little town of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in Champagne-Ardenne you will find an incredible monument, the Cross of Lorraine, and an exhibition centre dedicated to General de Gaulle and the main historical events that marked his life. De Gaulle was born in Lille in 1890 […]

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Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

If you happen to be in the little town of Montreuil-sur-Mer on July 14, the major French public holiday of Bastille Day, you’re in for a treat. Every year on this day, the town stages a spectacular antiques market that spreads across the whole upper town centre. Montreuil-sur-Mer is a very handsome French town that has become […]

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Clos MontmatreThe Secret Vineyard of Paris

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Paris, Romantic
Clos MontmatreThe Secret Vineyard of Paris

It was the Romans who established vineyards in Paris more than a thousand years ago. Maybe it was the starting point for the vibrant French wine industry and culture that we know and love today. A Vineyard in Paris The earliest vineyards declined gradually as urban development progressed in Paris. The last of these Roman plantations […]

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Andorra at the top of Europe a strange neighbour to France

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Andorra at the top of Europe a strange neighbour to France

Many years ago I was working as an impoverished flying instructor at a country airfield, it was a job that enabled me to use the club’s Cessna plane and I loved to fly to France as often as I could. On one trip I took my boss with me and we landed our little aircraft […]

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