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The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Quirky Stuff
The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Most people visit the Loire Valley for its stunning chateaux, wonderful vineyards, historic cities, gorgeous gardens and beautiful villages. But for something different you might like to pop to the Fondation du Doute (which translates as the Fondation of Doubt) in Blois. In the shadow of the castle that dominates this town, you can’t miss […]

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The Aiguille du Midi Chamonix

Written by on July 7, 2017 in Quirky Stuff, Rhône Alpes
The Aiguille du Midi Chamonix

The Aiguille du Midi is a 3842m mountain peak in the Mont Blanc Massif and if you want to get up close and personal to Mont Blanc and have a glimpse of the heavens, this is the place. To get there you have to get the cable car from Chamonix which will mean about a […]

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Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

The flea markets of France are well known, but the biggest and many say the best in Europe and one of the top flea markets in the world is the Braderie de Lille, northern France. This massive market takes place annually and lures crowds of treasure seekers and bargain hunters from around the globe. I […]

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French Riviera Club Celebrates the Belle Epoque

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Provence-Alpes, Quirky Stuff
French Riviera Club Celebrates the Belle Epoque

Re-live history on the French Riviera: Le Bal des Courtisans is a newly-formed club on the French Riviera, offering themed events to create an atmosphere of the grandeur of France at various periods during its history.  As an added interest, this includes dressing the part in period costume. It’s a great way for attendees to make […]

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Château de Versailles and The Grandes Écuries

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Museums and Châteaux, Quirky Stuff
Château de Versailles and The Grandes Écuries

Visiting the Grandes Écuries, the stables that are home to the Academy of Equestrian Arts at the Chateau de Versailles. A unique show that is beautiful, moving and memorable, a wonderful homage to a French King who adored the “horse ballet” events that were a firm favourite at his court. In the 1600’s, “Horse Ballets” at […]

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Tour de France 2014 photos

Tour de France 2014 photos

After travelling from the UK to France, the 2014 Tour de France French leg of the race began at Le Touquet on the Opal Coast and made its way for stage 4 across the beautiful countryside of Pas de Calais. The 1100 vehicle Caravanne of promotional vehicles, team cars, media vehicles, catering trucks and police […]

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Kite Festival Berck sur Mer France |Probably the best in the world

Kite Festival Berck sur Mer France |Probably the best in the world

There’s something about seeing a kite flying high in the sky that makes you feel happy. That liberated bit of material on the end of a line, pulling away and soaring up into the blue sky promotes a feeling of optimism and it’s easy to stand there and wonder what it feels like to be […]

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The magnificent hanging gardens of Marqueyssac

Written by on March 6, 2014 in Aquitaine, Quirky Stuff
The magnificent hanging gardens of Marqueyssac

  The river Dordogne takes in many beautiful sights as it winds it’s way about 500 km through Auvergne, Limousin and several other departments to end in Bordeaux. In the Perigord Noir region of the Dordogne the views from the river are spectacular, with glorious vistas like the cliff top villages of Domme, Roque-Gageac, Saint-Julien […]

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British Week Le Touquet – Celebrating Entente Cordiale

British Week Le Touquet – Celebrating Entente Cordiale

British Week in Le Touquet is a peculiarly French affair that celebrates everything British. Le Touquet is the chic and fun seaside resort on the Opal Coast of northern France that was first created by a British entrepreneur a century ago and it remains positively Franco-British in its outlook. From the fabulous Belle Epoque villas […]

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The Biggest Puppet Show in the World

Written by on September 24, 2013 in Festivals and Carnivals, Quirky Stuff
The Biggest Puppet Show in the World

What’s big or small? Solid or a shadow? Held up by string, a stick or even a crane? Puppets! Every two years (uneven numbers) – the lovely town of Charleville-Mezieres in Champagne-Ardenne hosts the world’s largest gathering of puppeteers and if you think that means a whole load of Punch and Judy type shows – […]

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