Cassis & the Calanques
4 August 2023 | Places
A classic Provençal fishing port, a little east of Marseille, from my Tarn River canoeing trip I travelled south to Montpellier, then east past Marseille and the Parc national des Calanques to Cassis. The series of spectaular gorges known as calanques slash the coastl...
Canoeing down the Tarn River in France
3 August 2023 | Transport
A bit north of Montpellier and Avignon, a bit south of Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon, the gorges of the Tarn River are in a wonderful region of the south of France and let’s be honest, they are truly spectacular. I was number eight in a group of eight canoeists to spend t...
Paris & Notre Dame
16 April 2019 | Places
▲ Looking past a gargoyle from the Notre Dame tower across the Seine and Left Bank towards the Eiffel Tower
In 1996 I lived in Paris for the whole year and most days walked from our apartment on Rue Saint-Paul in the Marais across the Seine River to the Lonely Plan...
500 Bicycles Rides in France
6 August 2017 | Media
And it’s in French! Lonely Planet France has just published a guide to 500 great bicycle rides in France. Rides suitable for people from 7 to 77 they claim, whether you want rides with friends or family, by yourself or with your lover – well it is French bicycle ridin...
Wine, Art & a Château
5 August 2016 | Culture
While I was in Aix on my recent France trip we made a little excursion to Château La Coste in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, close to the town. The winery, restaurant and art complex is owned by Belfast-born Paddy McKinnen who had a colourful tussle for control of London’s C...