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Manoir du Bolgaro Morbeque Hauts de France

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Manoir du Bolgaro Morbeque Hauts de France

Manoir du Bolgaro at Morbeque, near Hazebrouck is an impressive, luxurious getaway, great for a get together with family or friends. A manor house dating back to 1540, which is set on a huge, beautiful, secluded swathe of land, this amazing, three storey gite, steeped in character, can sleep up to 12 people. Depending on the number […]

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Ancient Art meets modern Art in the Dordogne

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Ancient Art meets modern Art in the Dordogne

France has a habit of inspiring great art – from homegrown talent such as Cezanne and Monet, to visiting legends such as Van Gogh and Picasso. But in the Dordogne, this artistic heritage runs even deeper. Before impressionism, before romanticism, before Renaissance art and predating even the early religious imagery, there was the cave art of […]

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Walking the Chemin de Compostela Pilgrims Route in France

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Tours in France
Walking the Chemin de Compostela Pilgrims Route in France

The Camino de Santiago (called le Chemin de Compostela in France) has become very famous in recent years helped by the release of an American movie called The Way. With a handful of stars but not much budget to promote, the film was a success largely by word of mouth sharing. It’s the tale of […]

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Clos MontmatreThe Secret Vineyard of Paris

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Paris, Romantic
Clos MontmatreThe Secret Vineyard of Paris

It was the Romans who established vineyards in Paris more than a thousand years ago. Maybe it was the starting point for the vibrant French wine industry and culture that we know and love today. A Vineyard in Paris The earliest vineyards declined gradually as urban development progressed in Paris. The last of these Roman plantations […]

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Andorra at the top of Europe and a strange neighbour to France

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Andorra at the top of Europe and a strange neighbour to France

Many years ago I was working as an impoverished flying instructor at a country airfield, it was a job that enabled me to use the club’s Cessna plane and I loved to fly to France as often as I could. On one trip I took my boss with me and we landed our little aircraft […]

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A minor wine revolution in Chardonnay

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Guest Blogs
A minor wine revolution in Chardonnay

Cave Cooperative or Independent? There is a minor revolution taking place in Champvent, situated in a valley where the vines tumble down the hillsides. Champvent is a small hamlet of Chardonnay in Southern Burgundy, the ‘birth place’ of the world’s best known grape variety.  Traditionally, village families have produced grape harvests that are delivered to […]

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How Victor Hugo Inspired Batman’s foe the Joker

Written by on June 11, 2017 in Culture & Language, Guest Blogs
How Victor Hugo Inspired Batman’s foe the Joker

When you think of French writer, Victor Hugo, you probably think of his classic works, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Notre Dame de Paris) or Les Miserable. You probably wouldn’t associate him with the Joker, that mad supervillain with the maniacal laugh who is Batman’s adversary. The Book However, it seems that Victor Hugo might […]

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Jardin des Plantes Paris

Written by on June 10, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Paris
Jardin des Plantes Paris

A morning walk in spring in Paris is an inspiring event. I started at a café where I struck up quite a long conversation with a Frenchman I had never met before over a coffee and a croissant near the Place du Bastille. Beside the café stood the great monument to the Bastille, the prison […]

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Trolley Treachery at the French Market

Written by on June 9, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Trolley Treachery at the French Market

If you visit the south-west of France you’ll soon discover that the French are devoted fans of the weekly market. The smaller ones are usually set up in the centre of town, whilst the bigger versions may also take over streets and alleys. Stands, stalls and mini tents are erected in double-quick time, as the […]

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The Cathedral Labyrinths of France

Written by on June 9, 2017 in Culture & Language, Guest Blogs
The Cathedral Labyrinths of France

Step into the great Gothic cathedral of Chartres and you literally step on to a mystery. Set into the paving stones of the nave floor is an extraordinary black and white design contained within a circle. Unfortunately, it is often covered with chairs so you can only see parts of it and not get an […]

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