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Cambrai Tank 1917 Museum Cambrai France

Cambrai Tank 1917 Museum Cambrai France

From Lille to Cambrai is just a short trip. Go in time for lunch at Cambrai’s Brasserie Beatus in the Avenue de Paris and you’re in for a real treat.  Peter Jones travelled there to discover more about a World War I tank called Deborah. Not any old tank, but the only one that survives from […]

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Guide to spending a weekend in Toulouse

Written by on January 16, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées
Guide to spending a weekend in Toulouse

Toulouse may not immediately come to mind as a destination for a short break, but this exciting, vibrant and historic city is less than a 90-minute flight from the UK and is well served from all over France by the rail network. The vibrant city of Toulouse Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, […]

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Rungis Market Paris | the new belly of the city

Written by on December 29, 2017 in Gastronomy, Paris
Rungis Market Paris | the new belly of the city

It was Emile Zola who named the huge food market of Paris called Les Halles, “the belly of Paris”. The wonderful Parisian photographer Robert Doisneau captured its vibrant life in photos for nearly 50 years before it was closed in 1969 after more than 800 years of trading, a piece of Paris history gone forever… […]

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What to see and do in Dunkirk in northern France

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Things to do & see Nord-Pas de Calais
What to see and do in Dunkirk in northern France

Dunkirk. It’s reputation sits alongside Agincourt, Waterloo and The Charge of the Light Brigade as one of the most defining military events in British History. All have been bought to the silver screen with big budget films and Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster ‘Dunkirk’ is the latest. Whilst Dunkirk is a name firmly entrenched in the British […]

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Guide to a weekend in Auvergne

Written by on August 9, 2017 in Auvergne
Guide to a weekend in Auvergne

  The Auvergne region is one of the great secrets of France. It’s a region of natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, located midway between Paris and the Mediterranean, anchored in the centre of France by the Massif Central and almost 100 volcanoes. From the stark Monts du Cantal in Salers and the Puy Mary area, to […]

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Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

Written by on July 13, 2017 in French Music, Midi-Pyrénées, Music Events
Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

  Tucked away in the small valleys of the Gers in south west France is the classic bastide town of Marciac. It’s not huge, it has a population of around 1300, a central village square with the town hall as its main feature and the four sides of the square are lined with shops and […]

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A short break in Calais and the nord de France

Written by on December 28, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
A short break in Calais and the nord de France

Being the closest part of France to England, Calais has for many years been the favourite entry port for those of us crossing the channel whether it be for a day’s shopping, a weekend break or an even longer stay in that rather off the beaten track part of the country. It’s a place where […]

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Nogaro Gers Famous for Armagnac and Racing!

Written by on November 14, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées
Nogaro Gers Famous for Armagnac and Racing!

In the heart of Armagnac country, Nogaro is a great place to take a relaxing break and enjoy a degustation or two. Armagnac is the oldest brandy distilled in France, and in Nogaro, in the Gers region, it’s made in delicious abundance. But you may, like me, might find that instead of chilling out you’ll […]

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Where To Eat In Paris

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Celebrity Chefs, Gastronomy, Paris
Where To Eat In Paris

80,000 rooms, 14,000 restaurants, 84 of them with Michelin Star status – Paris is a delicious place to take a gourmet break, a wine and dine wonderland… If you’re a lover of French cuisine, and let’s face it, most of us are, then Paris is the perfect city to indulge yourself. From traditional brasseries to […]

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Top Chefs in Paris France

Written by on April 2, 2016 in Celebrity Chefs, Gastronomy, Paris
Top Chefs in Paris France

Gastronomy is an essential component of French culture, history and society, so much so that it was declared an “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO in 2010. French cuisine is officially amongst humanity’s most cherished cultural treasures. During the French Revolution, aristocrats fled from France leaving their chefs jobless and with the gem of an idea […]

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