Terry Marsh

History of French Pissoirs

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
History of French Pissoirs

The French have invented many things: taxis, the hot air balloon, internal combustion engine, inflatable tyres,  sewing machine, bikini (arguable), cafetière, Braille, camera phone, hairdryer, parachute and that great public utility – the urinoir, or, to give it its more familiar and descriptive name, the pissoir. Although, to be fair, the French simply embraced Roman […]

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Wiggly, Wobbly, Wonderful Mont Saint-Michel

Written by on May 19, 2016 in Normandy
Wiggly, Wobbly, Wonderful Mont Saint-Michel

Sitting at the mouth of the Couesnon river, off the coast at Avranches, Mont St-Michel looks like a rather bad architectural pile up, not unlike a reject from the ‘Great British Bake Off’. Today, of course, it is an icon of France, one of the country’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, attracting millions of visitors each […]

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Bresse Chickens | The Noble Bird of France

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Bresse Chickens | The Noble Bird of France

‘Papa’ was up to his old tricks. He saw me as a culinary challenge, not that he was planning on cooking me, but, as ‘un Anglais’ I knew nothing about food, and, if I was to marry his daughter, he was determined to invest in my education. At the time we were in Lyon; he […]

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Reasons To Visit Sensational Sarlat Dordogne

Written by on February 10, 2016 in Aquitaine
Reasons To Visit Sensational Sarlat Dordogne

A typical day in Sarlat, music, merriment and splendid good looks, friendly people and a gorgeous market, if you’ve ever needed a reason to visit this lovely town in the Dordogne – read on! On a corner of the rue de la Liberté, two acoustic guitarists Jacques Fourgèvre and André Bernard, are playing a splendid, […]

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Perigord Walnuts

Written by on August 13, 2015 in Aquitaine, Gastronomy
Perigord Walnuts

Papa – my French girlfriend’s father – was in ‘ribbing the English’ mood, specifically me. If he was to be my father-in-law, I had certain standards to meet. It was a game he liked to play at my expense, not least because he knew I took it all in good sport…much of the time! Well, […]

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Marathon du Medoc a REAL Fun Run

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Active Holidays, Aquitaine
Marathon du Medoc a REAL Fun Run

If I had to run a marathon – and having done three, I would think seriously about it first – I would look for one that met certain conditions. Firstly, none of that urban rushing around city streets, like London, Paris, Berlin and Boston. No, it would have to be through the most pleasant countryside, […]

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Vieux Lyon, Old Lyon Town, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Rhône Alpes
Vieux Lyon, Old Lyon Town, France

Outside the Boulangerie du Palais on the corner of rue St-Jean and the rue du Palais de Justice a queue is forming, an alien concept in contemporary France where queuing ranks alongside a rugby maul in terms of finesse. My situation is not at ease with the sight of so much patience and order, and […]

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How to Spend Three Days in Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Rhône Alpes
How to Spend Three Days in Lyon, France

Lyon in southern France is famous for its fabulous gastronomy, its architecture and winding little streets, it’s old town and its new look. There’s so much to see and enjoy but what if you only have three days in Lyon? The greatness of Lyon’s past is truly matched by its present-day cultural dynamism and diversity. […]

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Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Rhône Alpes
Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

The Musée des Confluences, a magnificent new museum both architecturally and in its content, which sets off to explain, well, the history of everything…or so it seems. Do not miss this stunning experience, but do allow a good few hours, including on-site lunch, to get the best from the experience. This huge square, all 62,000 […]

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The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

Written by on May 18, 2015 in Funky, Museums and Châteaux, Paris
The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

So enormous is the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum that it would take three months to view every piece of art contained in it, and that’s if you spent just 30 seconds looking at each artwork all day, every day without a break. There are more than 7,500 paintings, the displays cover nearly 15 […]

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