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The ghosts that roam the streets of Paris

Written by on April 24, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The ghosts that roam the streets of Paris

Have you ever seen a ghost in Paris? Many say they have… Paris has ghosts in abundance. We can search for them and find them, then shudder as we feel their closeness to us. The spirits of historical events litter the timeless landmarks of the great capital. Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera, the parks and […]

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Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

Written by on April 20, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

France, especially in the north, has long had aeroplanes and aviation entrenched in its genes. There have been many great French air pioneers both male and female. Louis Bleriot was born in Cambrai and he was perhaps one of the greatest exponents. Louis Bleriot, Aviator Bleriot, from his earliest adult days, had an instinct for […]

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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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