Tourists and Other Exotic Creatures “Travel makes one modest;you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” Gustave Flaubert The tourists here are not particularly friendly and rarely reply to the “Good Morning” I say to every person I meet. The locals however always respond. I think of France where, except in rare… Read More
I was leaving chilly Canberra and a heartwarming catch-up with my family, for the warmer climes of Port Macquarie. This time I took the bus from the capital rather than fly to Sydney. I like to vary my modes of travel and the bus can be more comfortable than taking a plane which, knowing Canberra,… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:The Wrong Bag!
“Not every ROAD we come across in our daily life is one we have to take. Sometimes just standing still and being, can BE the best move we ever make.” ― Angie Karan Within a few days I had travelled halfway across the world. But for the three months prior to that epic journey, I… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Standing Still and Saturday Soccer
“Yec’hed mat”! That’s Breton for ” Cheers” and it sounds something like the word hermit but spoken with a seriously sore throat. I had planned to spend my birthday in France during the northern summer, relishing in the thought of swimming in the Atlantic ocean and topping off a trifecta of having swum in the… Read More A Breton Re-Birthday
You only have twenty minutes before your train leaves, thats right, the platform number is only shown twenty minutes before the train’s departure-sometimes even less. Some platforms and stations are incredibly long and finding a lift, if you have suitcases, is not always easy. And then there is the intricate task of finding out exactly… Read More Bordeaux to Bretagne: the Upsets and Unexpected Delights of French Train Travel
As I travel around this beautiful and ancient country of France, I cant help thinking about the many peoples of the past who contributed 6o creating its rich civilisation. That illustrious Roman General, Julius Caesar, attempted to define and distinguish Gaul thus: All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit,… Read More Celt, Roman or Gaul?
It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” Paulo Coelho The Zahir . This week is the 14th of July, France’s celebration of… Read More In Celebration of Small Things :Freedom
The name of the fifth largest city in France aptly expresses its relationship to the landscape. Its a place which has been occupied for millenia given its position on the Garonne river and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The Romans called it Burdigala and were responsible for introducing that other important flowing liquid, wine, to… Read More Bordeaux: City of Water and Wine
I’d visited the medieval city of Bouges betore and this time returned to stay for a while and experience the “Illuminated nights”, a specactle of light, sound and colour which literally reveasl the city in a new light. At dusk, starting with the Cathedrale de Saint Etienne, different couloured lighting displayed the gothic magnificence of… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Bourges by Night
Blois is a city of exquisite beauty with a rich royal history which is palpable even today in the Chateau Royal. I’ve visited a couple of Chateau in the Loire valley but this one really touched me. From the first moment you enter the Chateau you know you are entering into a special part of… Read More Beautiful Blois:Royal City with a Magical Twist