Tag Archives: France

The wounded heart of Paris

The white dome of the Sacré-Cœur, floating like some fairy tale castle against the blackness was my very first glimpse of Paris. It was a school trip, we were no more than children… and I fell in love with the … Continue reading

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Guest author: Sheila Williams ~ St Tropez, a story extract and a NEW book!

When I was fifteen my parents considered me sensible enough to go on an exchange holiday to France. Little did they know. I was excited, nervous. I had never been on holiday alone; I had never been in a plane; … Continue reading

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Visiting Giverny, Monet’s Happy Place – Darlene Foster

Reblogged from Darlene Foster’s Blog: When our friends inquired what I wanted to see while visiting them in France, I asked if Giverny, the home of Claude Monet, was near. They said it was only one hour away and would … Continue reading

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Guest blogger: Juliet Nubel Young – Stronger than Me

  Fate picked me up in my hometown of Glasgow many light years ago and since that day it has moved me around the dog-eared map which has gradually become my life. It moved me eastwards to follow my studies. … Continue reading

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French Postcards 11 from Steve Tanham

Knock-knock-knock-knock-knock… Pierre-Paul Riquet was having a bad night, as he tossed and turned… Louis XIV was his patron, although he doubted even the Sun King’s sponsorship would alleviate his growing debts – debts that had now risen to a level … Continue reading

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French Postcards 10 from Steve Tanham

Bézier is a beautiful city. It was established five hundred years before the Christian Era and thrives today. Roman amphitheatre excavated modern Bèzier It is located in an fascinating region: that of Languedoc-Rousillon, the border Départment  between the Mediterranean side … Continue reading

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French Postcards 8 by Steve Tanham

What would you do if you were the Archbishop of Narbonne and you found yourself being made Pope? Continue reading at Sun in Gemini

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Open borders…

The virus that has been bugging me for the past week or two, manifesting itself under various  guises in order the hide from effective treatment, finally decided a couple of days ago that it would try pretending to be a … Continue reading

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French postcards 7 from Steve Tanham

Reblogged fom Sun in Gemini: Sunday morning are strange things on these trips. You set off from your auberge all kitted up like you’re off to the moon, and the first ten people you meet are sandal-clad, sleepy locals carrying … Continue reading

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French Postcards 6 from Steve Tanham

Reblogged from Sun in Gemini: On days like this people often ask why we do it? Why do you spend precious holidays pitting yourselves against the weather, particularly the hot sun, just to travel a few hundred miles by bicycle? … Continue reading

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