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Carnival – two very different celebrations

Carnival – two very different celebrations

In many parts of the world around this time of the year carnival in some form or other is taking place and here I’m going to tell you about carnival and two very different celebrations.  Originally associated with a big blow out before the restrictions of Lent,...
24 hours in Hanoi

24 hours in Hanoi

It’s 4 pm and you’ve arrived in Hanoi for a 24 hour visit.  You’re staying in the middle of the Old Town, in the midst of the chaotic, noisy, vibrant heart of the city and you’ve just checked into your hotel.  You’ve only got 24 hours here, so it’s time to hit the...
16 days in Vietnam

16 days in Vietnam

Since we returned from our trip to Vietnam I’ve been asked over and again to write down our itinerary as friends who followed along on Facebook were impressed by how much we managed to see in just over 2 weeks and others just want to know where we went.  I won’t go...
Hoi An: the very best of Vietnam?

Hoi An: the very best of Vietnam?

Xin chào quý khách*…. unless this is the first time you’re reading my blog or you’ve had your head buried in the sand during the last few weeks I think you’ll probably be aware that I’ve recently been to Vietnam with my family on a trip that practically took on...
Vietnam memories

Vietnam memories

This week we’re off on possibly the most highly anticipated trip of the last 15 years, the biggest adventure ever for our very well-travelled but very European-based children, the most emotional and longed for journey in many many years – excitement is at fever...
The Frenchness of Guadeloupe

The Frenchness of Guadeloupe

For the nineth post in the series on far-flung France we’re going back to Guadeloupe, to take another look at this beautiful island, this time from a visitor’s point of view.  Our visitor is Rachel, a writer who likes to “take the road less travelled...
5 reasons to visit French Polynesia

5 reasons to visit French Polynesia

Today we’re back with the series on far-flung France, and boy do I have a treat for you!  After a break of a couple of months I think you’ll agree this one is worth the wait; it’s a visual feast, visiting paradise on earth in the form of French...
Memories of Réunion

Memories of Réunion

For the seventh post in my series on far-flung France we’re going back to take another look at Réunion, from the perspective of a neighbouring islander, Mauritian blogger Beatrice aka Mademoiselle Nomad. For those of you just joining the adventure through...
A family adventure in French Guyana

A family adventure in French Guyana

In this, the sixth post in my series on far-flung France we’re going on a family holiday to South America, to a little-known location, French Guyana, France’s only Dom-Tom which isn’t an island. Taking us on this holiday is my lovely friend Liz who...
Guadeloupe: The Caribbean Butterfly

Guadeloupe: The Caribbean Butterfly

The fourth post in my series on far-flung France is about Guadeloupe. My guest writer today is Laura K. Lawless, an American Francophile who has combined her love of heat and the tropics with her love of France by moving to live permanently on an island in the...
Réunion Island, France in the Indian Ocean?

Réunion Island, France in the Indian Ocean?

The third post in my series on far-flung France is about the island of Réunion. My guest writer today is Annabelle, a multilingual, multicultural French blogger living in Germany.  Here she writes about her experience of visiting France in the Indian Ocean.   Guest...
Life in Mayotte

Life in Mayotte

In the second in the series of far-flung France today’s post comes to you from the island of Mayotte. My guest blogger is Curtis Bausse, a Welsh writer who has spent most of his life in France.   Recently retired, he currently lives with his wife in Mayotte and...
A long weekend in Martinique

A long weekend in Martinique

It may come as a surprise to hear that France has the most time zones of any country in the world. Yes you read that right, France has 12 time zones because it has overseas territories and departments spread across the globe; from South America, via the Caribbean, the...
5 places I could visit over and over

5 places I could visit over and over

Having recently returned from a trip to Iceland, a place I lived in as a child, I’ve been thinking more and more about the desire to go back to old haunts.  My curiosity to see and discover new places is insatiable and I usually find when deciding whether to go...

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