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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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Jardin des Plantes Paris

Written by on June 10, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Paris
Jardin des Plantes Paris

A morning walk in spring in Paris is an inspiring event. I started at a café where I struck up quite a long conversation with a Frenchman I had never met before over a coffee and a croissant near the Place du Bastille. Beside the café stood the great monument to the Bastille, the prison […]

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The bee keeper of Montreuil-sur-Mer northern France

Written by on March 26, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The bee keeper of Montreuil-sur-Mer northern France

Montreuil sur Mer is situated just a little south along the coastline from Calais.  Should you visit this lovely, ancient hill top town, take a walk around the medieval ramparts associated with their Citadel. The uninterrupted elevated circular stroll, embracing stunning countryside, will take about 30 minutes. Look below to observe a 21st century local […]

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The Enigmatic Pei Pyramids of Paris

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Arty, Paris
The Enigmatic Pei Pyramids of Paris

President Francois Mitterand of France was a great instigator of modern planning and architectural ideas for Paris. During his tenure, he was the originator of many post war features including the apparently dead straight ‘Triumphal Way’. This alignment of celebrated structural icons stretches from the Louvre as far as the Grand Arch, some 10 kilometres away, […]

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Rue Picardy Home of Aviation Geniuses and Miracles

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Picardy
Rue Picardy Home of Aviation Geniuses and Miracles

The town of Rue in Nord pas de Calais, Picardy, bears a certain anonymous obscurity with cunning fortitude in the Somme River basin half way between Montreuil and Abbeville. Like so many French settlements, Rue has beauty, sophistication and a special place in the history of France. I stumbled across it when I was writing […]

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The Science Museum in Paris

Written by on January 7, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux, Paris
The Science Museum in Paris

There is a shiny oasis in the north east corner of Paris that presents practical science for now and for all our futures. It is the largest science museum in Europe.  The ‘Cite’ des Sciences et de L’Industrie’ is a showcase of modern revolution and a capacious chasm depicting life beyond our present experience. About […]

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Hardelot French Seaside town where Shakespeare is remembered

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Hardelot French Seaside town where Shakespeare is remembered

Hardelot Plage is a seaside resort on the northern French coast between Boulogne and Le Touquet. It is within very easy reach of Calais and looks across the English Channel to England. Families with children will love this refreshingly authentic seaside town and Hardelot is one of the official 38 ‘Kids’ resorts in France. They […]

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Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Written by on September 29, 2016 in Picardy
Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Compiegne in Picardy, Hauts de France to the north of Paris is a vigorous, busy town. Its periods of victory and defeat though, still lie beneath the skin. It is a beautiful city surrounded by peaceful countryside, an attractive place to stop at, visit and reflect on the past with many places to hold the visitors […]

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On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Written by on September 12, 2016 in French Icons
On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Joan of Arc was a simple, illiterate girl who lived in the depths of the French countryside during the medieval period. She was born apparently on January 6th, 1412 and died on May 30th, 1431. She was just 19 years old but had achieved dramatic greatness for her country during her short life. She never […]

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The History of Aviation in northern France

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The History of Aviation in northern France

The tiny part of the world consisting of the departments of Nord, Pas de Calais and a slice of northern Picardy has been a homeland of powered, manned flight since the start of its history. You would never tell as you pass through it though… The Caudron Brothers of Picardy In 1908 the American Wright […]

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