Exploring the walls and beaches of St Malo

Exploring the walls and beaches of St Malo

During the recent school spring holidays we spent a week based in Rennes, in Brittany, exploring parts of northern and western France that we as a family didn’t know.  We visited places that had long been on the “desperately want to see” list (I don’t do “bucket...
4 of the best places to swim in Iceland

4 of the best places to swim in Iceland

I recently wrote about places to swim or bathe in Iceland, including the famous Blue Lagoon and a municipal pool in Reykjavík, with tips on swimming pool etiquette.  Here I’m going to tell you about the more adventurous swim spots we found including the oldest pool in...

3 (unusual) things to love about Nice

Three things I love about Nice. Nice is a city of contrasts, located on the beautiful Mediterranean sea hemmed in by Alps, its location is hard to beat.  Contrast the bright blue sea with the snow-capped mountains; the reds and ochres of the Italianate Old Town with...
October in the South of France

October in the South of France

October is one of the best times to visit the South of France, and it’s one of my favourite times of year living here, despite not being an autumn person. Let’s be very British about this and start by discussing the weather! You can’t mention the...
The 4 o’clock wave

The 4 o’clock wave

If you go down to the beach today, you’re in for a big surprise….well, maybe you are, maybe you aren’t! You see there’s this most unusual phenomenon at our nearest beach, commonly known as la vague de 16 heures or the 4 o’clock wave, but...

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