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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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