Postcard from dark skies over French La Rochelle

A dramatic sky over the French region of Poitou-Charentes is almost reminiscent of something from the film “Independence Day”. It was possible to almost imagine the clouds parting and a huge spaceship emerging to threaten World domination. In the event nothing quite so exciting or spectacular happened during this visit to the lovely city of La Rochelle, but it is …

Postcard from an Atlantic sunset, La Rochelle

It’s hard to resist posting a sunset image for long and a sailing trip on a catamaran off La Rochelle in the Charente-Maritime region of France is even more tempting. Sunset over the French Atlantic with a group of friends and some cava before sharing a great seafood platter makes it extra special. Photographs are digitally captured memories, they can bring …

Postcard from Fallen Heroes, Île de Ré

Whilst exloring the island of Île de Ré in the French Charente-Maritime region I unexpectedly came across this war memorial in a park. It is dedicated to the fallen of the island in some of the conflicts France has been involved in. Cenotaphs or war monuments always feel slightly sad, so many young lives lost and yet usually to preserve …

Postcard from Ile de Ré, beach bouys and beacons

Île de Ré is a picturesque little island popular with Parisians looking for a quiet break from the romantic city. This has to be a great recommendation and a few hours here and it is easy to understand the reason why. Maybe it was the time of year that I visited but September provided generally pleasant weather, few other visitors and …

Postcard from Najac; a French ‘beautiful village’

There is something special about the villages of France, many are so lovely they are included on an actual list of France’s most beautiful villages. Maybe only France could have an  Association “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” but just visit a few and it is becomes obvious they have plenty to shout about. Najac in the Aveyron is a …