Poitou-Charentes – Impressions & Reflections

The excitement and anticipation prior to visiting a new, never before experienced destination is one of the great joys of travelling. This ‘joy of travel’ is always the same for me whether enjoying an independent or sponsored trip. Whilst all destinations offer something special and different, some destinations genuinely exceed any expectations, for me the region of Poitou-Charentes falls into …

Fabulous Aveyron – Art and Artistic French Cuisine

On a recent visit to the Aveyron, France I surprised myself. Never likely to be accused of being a ‘culture vulture’, this trip was a feast of cultural treats. I can appreciate  captivating art, good cuisine and enjoy listening to a powerful piece of music. However visiting the Louvre was more due to peer pressure than my own interests. The …

Cultural Aveyron; Enchanting Villages and Mystical Castles

It surprised me to discover the Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region in mainland France and is larger than the Netherlands. I visited the Aveyron, tucked away in the South-West of the Massif Central. It is extensively wooded, the deep valleys providing lines of communication between the many towns and villages. The landscape is dominated by deep clefts gouged out by …

Adrenaline and Adventure Travel in the Midi-Pyrénées

Mountains are my paradise The mountain environment has always been my favourite, there are few views more awe-inspiring than a beautiful conical summit. The Aveyron is an ideal adventure travel destination, with plenty of adrenalin fuelled activities on offer. Mountain scenery is extremely varied however, from an endless vista of high altitude snow topped peaks, huge steep-sided gorges or lush …

The Aveyron Images & First Impressions – Photo Essay

Visiting an entirely new area is always exciting, especially if knowledge of the area is limited anticipating a possible adventure. The Aveyron region, in the Midi-Pyrénées of the South of France is such area for me. Although aware of the major cities such as Toulouse, and Montauban most the region was relatively unknown to me. The itinerary provided certainly sounded …

Non-tourist Venice – eating for adventure and enjoyment, not sustenance and convenience

Johanna Read Website: TravelEater I love travelling and I love eating, but I hate eating tourist food. So I collect advice about eating (and about what to do between snacks).  I figured I should share …  You can follow me on twitter, or share eating advice at TravelEater. TravelMind 1. How did you get involved in writing/blogging? I’ve been writing all …

Mad Dogs and Englishmen – A trekking in Iceland saga

“Mount Esja ……….. You are going to walk it?” asked the bus driver near Reykjavik, Iceland, after enquiring if he could tell me when the bus reached the base of the mountain. When I affirmed my intention to do just this, he replied “You’re mad!” The day had started out defining dreary, grey and drab with constant drizzle driven by …