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

Une Sacrée Bonne Femme (A Bloody Good Woman)

What a beautiful woman. She moved with grace, she was entirely feminine, and yet, she possessed incredible inner strength. She’s a survivor. ~ Jan Moran, Scent of Triumph  For me France is a country (generally speaking) more respectful of women than Australia. Recently I came across the term ‘Une Sacrée  Bonne Femme’ which is used… Read More Une Sacrée Bonne Femme (A Bloody Good Woman)