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

In Celebration of Small Things: Friendly  Strangers on a Train ‘It’s my experience that most folk who ride trains couldn’t care less where they’re going. For them it’s the journey itself and the people they meet along the way.’    David Baldacci  ‘A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on  arriving’… Read More