A magical Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

A magical Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

As the door opened everyone gasped in unison. A bright blue life-size hot air balloon filled the adjacent room, rising up out of a glistening snow-covered forest. A big brown bear in the basket waved down at us. These enchanting festive displays made me feel like a...
Getting to know the French Basque Country from Bidart to Biarritz

Getting to know the French Basque Country from Bidart to Biarritz

Hydrangeas. More hydrangeas. Pink hydrangeas. Blue hydrangeas. They are everywhere in the French Basque Country. In amongst the tents of our campsite, by the roadsides, tumbling down the hillside in Biarritz. Their abundance made a very pretty display at every turn....
A girl’s getaway to the French Basque Country

A girl’s getaway to the French Basque Country

Does it say anywhere that a girl can’t have more than one hen party? A weekend in France glamping with one of my closest friends is just the first of mine. We’ll be staying in Yelloh! Village Ilbarritz, a fabulous campsite tucked between the sea and...
The Fairytale Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

The Fairytale Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

Recently I spent a wonderful long weekend in Luxembourg exploring the city and a few of the many castles, found in the surrounding countryside, which was lush and green and very picturesque. Most memorable of all was the fairytale castle of Vianden. above: view from...
The Magic of Paris at Christmas

The Magic of Paris at Christmas

Christmas markets a plenty, department stores dripping in festive bling and avenues of trees sparkling with fairy lights – these images and more swam in my head as I boarded the Eurostar train at St Pancras Station in London. A little...
Sweet treats in Corsica

Sweet treats in Corsica

As my spoon broke through the soft sponge, I almost squealed with delight, as a cascade of melted chocolate escaped. It oozed around my plate and started to mingle with the vanilla gelato. I took a taste and, oh my, it was good. So very good that I spent most of the...
Exploring the beaches of the Golfe de Valinco

Exploring the beaches of the Golfe de Valinco

I love the sea and grew up spending the school summer holidays on the beach with my sister. I’d regularly stay in the water until my lips turned purple with the cold. These days I’m not quite so hardy and have to admit I prefer warmer climes when it comes...
Corsica, the island of beauty

Corsica, the island of beauty

“If you feel like working, sit down, it will soon pass.” Corsica, a laid-back, sleepy island off the west coast of Italy. While for the last two hundred years or so it may well have been French, to me it has always been simply… Corsica…...

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