Roger St. Pierre

Despite his French name, veteran globetrotting writer Roger St. Pierre is proudly British. He is, though, passionately Francophile and has been to every one of France’s 94 metropolitan departments.

Roger is a renowned travel, music and cycling journalist and author of 33 books.

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The Belgian side of Flanders

Written by on July 3, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The Belgian side of Flanders

Once a nation in its own right, Flanders today straddles two countries – France and its northern neighbour, Belgium. Ypres A short drive from Calais in French Flanders will bring you to the picturesque walled town of Ypres, in Belgian Flanders. A memorable way to enter the town is through the monumental Menin Gate. Its […]

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The historic and fascinating area of French Flanders

Written by on April 28, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais
The historic and fascinating area of French Flanders

No wonder the ancient Dukedom of Flanders and the adjoining territories of Artois and Picardy are known to historians as ‘The Cockpit  of Europe’. Straddling the borders between present day France and Belgium it’s a region that shaped two world wars and much more. The launching ports for the 1066 Norman invasion, Henry V’s Agincourt, the […]

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The Marais Poitevin of Poitou-Charentes

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Poitou-Charentes
The Marais Poitevin of Poitou-Charentes

The quaint little country town of Coulon is home to the Maison du Marais Poitevin visitor centre and start point for boat tours in the Marais. Or to give it it’s full name, the Marais Poitevin, 18,553 hectares of waterway network. It was entirely created by man, close to the Atlantic coast, a little south […]

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The mystical marshes of St Omer northern France

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais
The mystical marshes of St Omer northern France

Think of La Belle France topographically and images of the majestic mountains of the Alps and Pyrénées spring immediately to mind. But the country also boasts intriguing flatlands that, in their own unique way, are just as worthwhile exploring. There’s the mystical Camargue, with its herds of half-wild horses. The historic salt pans of La […]

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5 Places you should not miss in Northern France

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Nord-Pas de Calais
5 Places you should not miss in Northern France

  A fishy tale: France’s national sea life centre is just one of myriad attractions in Pas de Calais advises Roger St. Pierre as he samples the delights of Britain’s nearest French neighbour. Nord-Pas de Calais is a mere 21 miles across the English Channel but truly represents la France profonde… Nausicaa – Europe’s biggest […]

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Toulouse, France – in the pink

Written by on September 5, 2013 in Midi-Pyrénées
Toulouse, France – in the pink

Locals lovingly call Toulouse ‘The Pink City’. Actually, the ubiquitous bricks of it’s classic facades are more like orange in colour but, hey, let’s not quibble, they make this an undeniably handsome city, imbued with a real sense of importance – making it more like a mini-capital than a provincial outpost. Yes, the neatly aligned […]

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Burgundy by bike

Written by on July 13, 2013 in Burgundy
Burgundy by bike

  Bike it, you’ll like it – says Roger St. Pierre as he savours a gentle pace cycling through rural Burgundy There’s nothing to beat that enervating feeling as you breast a gentle climb, pick up speed, feel the wind in your hair and feast your eyes on another great Burgundian view. Cycling keeps you close […]

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Tips to make cycling in France fun and relaxing

Written by on July 13, 2013 in Active Holidays
Tips to make cycling in France fun and relaxing

  Don’t be over-ambitious, plan your route making due allowance for hills on the way and for the possibility of the headwinds that will scrub lots of speed off your ride. It isn’t a race, so take it steady and allow plenty of time for frequent pit stops to take in the local sites, sit […]

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Laid-back in Languedoc | Herault, the French Riviera’s chill out zone

Written by on July 9, 2013 in Languedoc-Roussillon with 0 Comments
Laid-back in Languedoc | Herault, the French Riviera’s chill out zone

France’s fabled Riviera is a wondrous place – the time-honoured playground of the rich and famous – but summertime’s crush can turn it into a hellhole. Those in the know veer westwards and head towards the Spanish frontier. Here, deep in Languedoc, lies the Hérault départment, a relaxing environment that offers rolling countryside dotted with vineyards, […]

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Saint Omer, Pas de Calais – back for another visit

Saint Omer, Pas de Calais – back for another visit

Thousands of us have done it. We’ve rolled off the Cross-Channel ferry and headed straight for the autoroute, the south and the sunshine. Big mistake – in our hurry we have missed out on some of the most delightful spots in all La Belle France. Re-treading old ground, veteran travel writer Roger St. Pierre gives another […]

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