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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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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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