Lucy Pitts

Preparing your pet for travel post-Brexit

Written by on March 1, 2019 in Passports and Vaccinations, Pets And Animals
Preparing your pet for travel post-Brexit

Social media remains awash with post Brexit scaremongering! ‘They’re going to abolish the pet passport system’ is just one headline I’ve read recently, although it doesn’t appear to have any foundation in fact. For those of us who now regularly travel with our pets (I’m predominantly talking about dogs, but I have met a few […]

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Valence Provence the gateway to the south of France

Written by on January 3, 2019 in Rhône Alpes
Valence Provence the gateway to the south of France

Valence is in the department of Drome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (formerly Rhone-Alpes). Just an hour south of Lyon, Valence is a beautiful and surprising city. It’s known as the gateway to the south of France. From Paris, you can be there in a couple of hours on the TGV which steams its way through and on south […]

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Where to eat out near Millau Viaduct Aveyron

Written by on November 27, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées
Where to eat out near Millau Viaduct Aveyron

Close to the awesome Millau Viaduct, and providing a surreal backdrop),is the ancient town of Millau. It’s home to a rich history and beautiful architecture, Roman pottery and fine leather glove making. It’s a pretty town and also a good place to stop off to enjoy a leisurely bite to eat and enjoy the stunning […]

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Discover Aveyron France | Pickled in the past

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées
Discover Aveyron France | Pickled in the past

Aveyron echoes with the past. Every densely wooded gorge and valley, every ancient bastide town and every winding road seems to whisper of pilgrims making their weary way south, of Romans and rebellious Gauls or of Knights Templars, thundering across the plateaux. Part of the Massif Central but also the northern most part of the […]

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A glimpse of the future at the Millau Viaduct Aveyron France

Written by on October 21, 2018 in French Icons, Midi-Pyrénées
A glimpse of the future at the Millau Viaduct  Aveyron France

The river and gorges of the Tarn are well known and undoubtedly it’s worth losing yourself for a while here in what is the deepest canyon in France. But this really is a place where the vastness of nature meets the enormity of human creation. And, if the Pont du Gard transports you back to […]

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The fascinating tale of Chartreuse liqueur

Written by on September 27, 2018 in Rhône Alpes, Wine and Drinks
The fascinating tale of Chartreuse liqueur

Legend has it (and who doesn’t love a good legend) that the only people who know the recipe and ingredients for the famous Chartreuse liqueur are two monks tucked away in a monastery in Voiron, not far from Grenoble. The 400 year old history of Chartreuse liqueur The liqueur (also known as the “Elixir of […]

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What to see and do in Grenoble Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

Written by on May 29, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
What to see and do in Grenoble Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

On the one hand, Grenoble is cosmopolitan and vibrant, with a modern twist and a long association with being the gateway to the Alpes and winter sports. On the other, it’s historic, traditional and refined with a rich cultural heritage and a strong affiliation with the arts. The great joy is that you can dip […]

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Discover Vienne, Isere, Auvergne-Rhone Alpes

Written by on May 23, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
Discover Vienne, Isere, Auvergne-Rhone Alpes

The small city of Vienne in the Isère department of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes sits on the banks of the River Rhône. It has a delightful mix of rich heritage and history, and fabulous wines as well as sublime culinary delights. It’s a city of Gauls, Romans and Christians along with a sprinkling of fine […]

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The magnificent Jazz in Vienne festival

Written by on May 23, 2018 in Music Events, Rhône Alpes
The magnificent Jazz in Vienne festival

There’s no denying that the French love a festival, their many and diverse street celebrations always seem to bring out the soul and essence of a city. And surprisingly, the sleepy and historic city of Vienne in the Isère department of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region in the south east of France, is no exception. […]

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What to see and do in Grignan, Drome, Rhone Alpes

Written by on May 8, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
What to see and do in Grignan, Drome, Rhone Alpes

What a surprise Grignan is in southern Drôme in the south of the Rhône Alpes region. The 11th century, fortified village suddenly comes into view. Majestic and proud above the low lying lavender fields, looking decidedly regal in an area that oozes rustic charm. There are a couple of different roads into the footings of […]

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