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

Bordeaux to Bretagne: the Upsets and Unexpected Delights of French Train Travel

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

In Celebration of Small Things: Bourges by Night

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