New flights announced to Brittany & Vendee

January 22, 2016

Flybe has announced the addition of five more new routes to its 2016 summer schedule, two of which will be of particular interest to holidaymakers to Brittany and Vendee. A five-times-a-week service will operate from Birmingham to Nantes (excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays). The Saturday service will be popular with villa renters and has the advantage […]

Celebrating the old way of rural life in Brittany

May 7, 2015

If you want to find out how they did it in the old days, then the Fete des Vieux Metiers (festival of old trades) at Baud is for you. Now in its 24th year, this annual recreation of Breton rural life a century ago is well worth the modest entrance fee as the thousands who […]

Crepes and cider

April 21, 2015

Why do the British relegate pancakes to Shrove Tuesday? Surely anyone who’s ever been to Brittany will agree that they make a convenient and tasty meal. Perhaps it’s because they can be tricky to perfect – all that whisking and flipping. The sensible French decided long ago that cooking crepes required its own particular set […]

Beach choices in Brittany

April 15, 2015

Whatever the weather, you’re guaranteed to find a beach to suit your requirements in southern Brittany. From the wild, sandy expanses of Erdeven, haunt of surfers and kite-boarders, to the sheltered coves around La Trinite-sur-Mer and Golfe du Morbihan, there are plenty to choose from. Some, like gently shelving Carnac Plage and Etel’s Plage des […]

Walking in Provence

April 3, 2015

From the Cote d’Azur to the Haute Alpes, Provence is a vast region whose massive appeal has long attracted visitors, year after year without fail. Within its stunning landscape lie many sub-regions, each with its own personality; in recent years one of the most popular ways to discover this ‘real’ Provence has been on foot. […]

Lonely lighthouses

March 25, 2015

Brittany’s beautiful Atlantic coastline, with its rugged headlands and windswept islands, is a lighthouse-lover’s paradise. Due to the wild nature of these western shores, the Finistere and Morbihan departments account for a large proportion of France’s total 150 lighthouses. These evocative structures, built largely during the 19th century to keep shipping safe, serve as reminders […]

Megaliths and Menhirs

March 16, 2015

Like modern-day tourists, prehistoric man was drawn to southern Brittany for reasons which remain shrouded in the mists of time. The countryside around Carnac is rich in Neolithic remains, erected by early settlers who put roots down in the area 6-7,000 years ago. World famous for its avenues of megaliths – legend has it they […]

Light and colour

March 12, 2015

Artists have long found inspiration in the strong light and bold, earthy colours of Provence. The landscape’s luminous quality has attracted amateurs and professionals alike, whether to paint or capture on camera its stunning scenery. Among the most famous was father of Impressionism Paul Cezanne, born in Aix-en-Provence in 1839. One of his favourite subjects, […]

Lavender fields Provence France

A Scent to Savour

March 9, 2015

Who can resist the scent of lavender, synonymous with long, hot summer days and reputed to be a cure for insomnia, hastening sleep? Just one of several aromatic herbs to grow in the wild around the Mediterranean basin, this plant has long been cultivated and processed to extract its beneficial oils. Indeed, the lavender fields […]

Island hopping in Brittany

March 2, 2015

While thousands of holidaymakers flock to mainland Brittany each year to enjoy its lovely landscape, beautiful beaches and fine weather, the more adventurous head further afield to explore the islands off its coast. Each with its own unique identity, the Iles du Ponant as they are collectively known range from the tiny Chausey archipelago (just […]

Celebrating the oyster in Brittany

February 27, 2015

Towns and villages throughout France are renowned for their fetes, occasions when locals and tourists come together to celebrate whatever it is the area is famed for. From onions to oysters, Brittany can boast more than its fair share of these events, among them the Grande Fete de l’Huitre which takes place every August in […]

menton lemon festival

Menton Lemon Festival

January 29, 2014

Menton is a charming Riviera resort lying between Monaco and the Italian border. Thanks to its microclimate the town is a major producer of lemons and comes to life in mid February for a month when the annual Lemon festival takes place. This year (2014) the Festival runs from February 15th to March 5th, filling […]

Provence’s greatest natural site

The Verdon Gorges are perhaps Provence’s greatest natural site. The limestone cliffs gouged by the waters of the River Verdon stretch for over 20 kms and in a few places are up to 1500 metres (5000 feet deep) in the rugged landscape of the Alpes de Haute Provence. There are roads along both ridges (with […]

Petanque – A very serious matter

To aim or top shoot, that is the question. Throughout France, the game of petanque is a serious business. It is the most popular game in the south of the country, born at the turn of the 20th century. The name petanque comes from the Oc (the ancient language of Southern France) where pe means […]

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