Rupert Parker

Top things to do in Albi, Capital of Tarn, Occitainie

Written by on December 19, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Top things to do in Albi, Capital of Tarn, Occitainie

Tarn, in the Occitanie region, is one of those places in France that confuses people. They automatically think of the wild Gorges des Tarn which are in Lozère, some 140kms to the North West of Albi, Tarn’s capital. The River Tarn flows through both but there the comparison ends. The département has a landscape of […]

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What to see and do near Albi, Tarn, Occitainie

Written by on December 19, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon
What to see and do near Albi, Tarn, Occitainie

Albi, the capital of the Tarn Department, Occitanie (previously Languedoc Roussillon) offers plenty to do and see. And, there’s also lots to see around and about. We’ve put together a few of our favourite ideas for what to see and do near Albi… Castres Around 45 minutes south of Albi is the city of Castres, […]

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Jane & Serge, Museum of Fine Arts, Calais France

Written by on April 11, 2018 in News
Jane & Serge, Museum of Fine Arts, Calais France

Although Serge Gainsbourg is something of a cultural icon in his native France, most people in Britain will know him for the record he made with Jane Birkin, Je t’aime…moi non plus. Her heavy breathing scandalised the country when it was released in 1969 and the BBC banned it. That didn’t stop it topping the […]

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Samoens French Alps the perfect town for adventurers

Written by on March 7, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
Samoens French Alps the perfect town for adventurers

Samoëns is a picturesque “ville fleurie” in the Haute-Savoie region in south-eastern France. It sits in the Vallée du Giffre, in the French Alps, and is only an hour by car from Geneva. Long a winter skiing destination, it’s also great in the summer – on offer is everything from river rafting to paragliding… Mountain […]

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Hiking in the Ecrins National Park Haute-Alpes France

Written by on February 21, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Hiking in the Ecrins National Park Haute-Alpes France

Ecrins National Park is about a 90 minute drive east of Grenoble. It’s the largest National Park in France and features some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in the Alps. Perhaps because of that, it remains relatively unknown, its paths less travelled than those famous trails further north around Mont Blanc. One of […]

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Wine, Rivers and Chateaux of Bordeaux by Boat and Bike

Written by on February 12, 2018 in Aquitaine, Tours in France
Wine, Rivers and Chateaux of Bordeaux by Boat and Bike

Rupert Parker cruises down the Dordogne River and up the Gironde, stopping off to cycle around the Bordeaux wine regions. There’s the added bonus of popping into Chateaux and sampling famous wines like Margaux, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Saint-Émilion. The transfer from Bordeaux airport is less than an hour and I join the boat at […]

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Biking in Burgundy, along the famous EuroVelo 6

Written by on January 24, 2018 in Active Holidays, Burgundy, Franche-Comte
Biking in Burgundy, along the famous EuroVelo 6

The long-distance cycling route, EuroVelo 6, runs 3,653 km from the Black Sea to the Atlantic, following the course of Europe’s major rivers. Rupert Parker gets on his bike and tries a short stretch along the Saône through Southern Burgundy. EuroVelo 6 from Dole As I’m setting out, the lady from the B&B Maison Curie […]

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Walking the Pyrenees the Easy Way

Written by on June 14, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées, Tours in France
Walking the Pyrenees the Easy Way

The Pyrenees are a natural border separating France and Spain and, although the highest peaks reach over 3000m, there’s some beautiful hiking between villages, keeping mainly to the valleys. I’ve long wanted to visit the Pyrenees, attracted by the mountains and lured by the promise of good food and wine. Even better I’ve opted for […]

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5 Top Things To Do In Toulouse

Written by on February 22, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées
5 Top Things To Do In Toulouse

As a gateway to South Western France, most people pass through Toulouse on their way to the Pyrenees or Languedoc without pausing, but it’s worth spending a few days here exploring the city. We take a look at some of the top things to do in Toulouse for culture vultures, foodies and those who love […]

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