Postcard from the French Pyrénéan Peaks

These Pyrénéan mountains may not be the highest and the weather may not have been pleasant on my recent visit to the French Pyrénées but scenes like this remain breathtaking. Taking a short drive down the Val d’Azun from the village of Arrens-Marsous and the mountains will soon be surrounding the visitor. I love mountains, they have always felt like my …

Romancing the Adventure – European Island Escapes & Getaways

Time does fly by quickly; there is always something to celebrate just around the ‘calendar corner’. It will be Valentine’s Day in just a few weeks, a good excuse for some island escapes and rekindle romantic sparks. The wary may need to remember however that it is a leap year, so that extra sparkle in the girlfriends eye recently maybe …

Reconstructing L’Hermione – Building a Dream

There are some projects that when first encountered appear extremely impressive, but when the details become apparent it is difficult to imagine anybody even conceiving it. The construction of the Hermione in the attractive coastal town of Rochefort is one such endeavour. The original Hermione was constructed in just eleven months in 1779. One year later she famously transported the …

2011 A Year of Adventure & 2012 the year of Promise

Looking back is simply not my style, preferring to look ahead at potential adventure; the challenges and opportunities to come. This past year however has been phenomenal for me with some amazing successes that it would have been hard to imagine just twelve months ago. This site and my presence on social media have far exceeded my expectations and that …

Exploring Lost & Found; Where the streets have strange names

The reasons people travel are almost as numerous as for getting up in the morning. Exploring exotic locations, following the sun, chasing the Northern lights, immersion in different cultures, visiting family or friends, city shopping or climbing expeditions the list is almost endless. “getting totally lost even for a little” One of my favourite reasons however is to explore, to …

Île de Ré – French Pleasure Island

There are some places ideally suited to taking at a slow pace, idly wandering around the sites whether they are small picturesque villages, stunning harbours and beaches, vineyards or even lighthouses. The island of Île de Ré in French Charente–Maritime has all this and more. Île de Ré appears to be from a different era, narrow winding streets lined with pretty …

Agritourism – Sexy Farming in the French Pyrénées

Agritourism may not be a term familiar to many of us but plenty are likely to have experienced a little of this form of tourism, staying on a working farm or maybe even mucking in. In the French Pyrénées this has been taken to a higher level with plenty of innovative projects to further develop this concept. It is proving …

La Rochelle, France; Flirting with Luxury Travel

Being the kind of traveller that is happy to sleep in a tent or hammock somewhere in a wilderness, yet know I have slept in worse places, so five star La Rochelle boutique hotels maybe considered a little out of my league. It is surprising how easy it is to adapt to huge, comfortable beds, private showers that actually work …