The true spirit of France
Sep28

The true spirit of France

The little known village of La Bastide d’Armagnac epitomises the genuine essence of France Draw a triangle with Bordeaux, Toulouse and Biarritz at their corners and you’ll find a sleepy gem of a medieval village nestled at its centre. It’s also just off the A65/E7 road, midway from Bordeaux to Pau. Les Landes area of France on the Aquitaine coast to the west of France is less visited than many areas but offers a diverse and...

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Beautiful Belle Isle
Mar16

Beautiful Belle Isle

Next time you’re in France, consider visiting this jewel in the Bay of Biscay Unless you’ve sailed the Brittany coast en route to La Rochelle, you’re perhaps unlikely to have detoured from your mission through France, if driving, by venturing out into the Bay of Biscay to one of the country’s most beautiful islands. The island positively sparkles with colour; whether it’s the brightly painted cottages, the fluttering bunting on...

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Réunion round-up
Feb16

Réunion round-up

In Réunion you’ll tend to go either round, or up! Whether you spend a day, or a week on the island you’ll still want to come back for more. In doing so you’ll experience the best of this beautiful Indian Ocean island; with its little harbours, restaurants and water activities around the coastline, or the cloak of inner tropical forest ruptured by the caldera of several volcanoes and home to one of the world’s most active,...

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Champagne in the snow; tea in bed? It must be Purple Piste!
Feb02

Champagne in the snow; tea in bed? It must be Purple Piste!

Thinking of skiing in style – well Purple Piste will do everything for you except, err…. If you love skiing, as we do, then you’ll be only too familiar with the huge variety and standard of chalets available throughout the ski resorts of the world. What a truly successful skiing holiday distills down to, in our opinion, (leaving aside perfect snow conditions for the moment) is the location of your chalet and the personal...

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Dining in Dinan with Durand
Oct06

Dining in Dinan with Durand

The excuse – strictly research of course; the justification – a birthday lunch; the result – simply, superbly replete ‘My we bring our dog inside?’ says our niece, on the threshold of l’Atelier Gourmand. ‘Non!’ ‘I believe we’ve a table booked for ten people?’ Non!’ Fabrice Durand’s stern and guileless face creases into a wide smile accompanied by a shrug...

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Dinan à deux – pleasure on two levels
Sep29

Dinan à deux – pleasure on two levels

Combine a birthday, sunny French skies, superb cuisine and more than few glasses of champagne with close friends and family and you’ve got the perfect long-weekend break We’re always up for an invitation to a birthday party – even more so when its in France at a lovely villa close by to a delightful French town that offers so many distractions. Boarding the Portsmouth – St.Malo Brittany Ferries ship on a grey...

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