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Best value MAPS of FRANCE, and keeping the children amused

Tha best come quick Miste’r Arkwright, there’s people comin up there’ill . . .


A traditional welcome awaits cyclists this year . . . Le Vieux Cornes Auberge at High Bradfield in, yes you’ve guessed it, Yorkshire.

Photo Twitter / Brian Sutton / The Guardian

6th June, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Jour-J in 1944

17th May

Cherbourg (Manche – 50) Liberation Museum Exhibition “Cherbourg, from the American administration to the Bremerhaven twinning”, WW2 pictures and documents from regional archives and private local collections. More information + 033 2 33 23 39 30

25th May

Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 50) Memorial Day ceremony at the American military cemetery

30th May […]

2014 is also a bicentenary for Napoleon

From 17th May major Napoleonic commemorative festivals will take place in the Champagne-Ardenne.

17th and 18th May – the Battle of Brienne

In 1779 at age 10, the young Napoleon Bonaparte arrived at the Royal Military School of Brienne. Here he spent the next five years studying to be an artillery officer. But as we […]

Inspired by a photograph from 1944

For the past several years in August, a soccer club located in Lower Normandy: the “Reveil Saint Germain de Courseulles” has hosted a soccer tournament involving French teams hailing from the small towns and villages scattered along the D-Day invasion beaches.

This year, in response to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings […]

Limoux Carnival 2014 – over four months !

The Carnival of Limoux is an annual festival held in Limoux, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. It takes place for three months, this year it’s just over four, mainly on weekends between January and Mardi Gras and is conducted in Occitan, the area’s traditional language.

According to a tradition that dates to the 14th […]

France’s wonderful art of puppetry reaches new heights: Philippe Genty’s latest

Plunge into a world of dizzying dreams and beautiful landscapes through dance, music and puppetry.

A wizard of imagery, Philippe Genty has been devising inspired, original work that blends visual theatre with dance and puppetry for almost 40 years. With breathtaking optical illusions and ever-changing stage pictures, the results are captivating fantasies.

Forget Me Not […]

Four Midi-Pyrenees stages on the 2014 Tour de France route

Four Midi-Pyrenees stages, and three in the UK !

The 2014 Tour de France route has been announced and another historic first will occur – the Tour de France will begin in Yorkshire, England! Yes, you did read that correctly and it is not the 1st April!

The first three stages of the 2014 Tour […]

Skiing in the Pyrénées-Orientales

If yo’re interested in skiing in the Pyrénées-Orientales, the snow usually arrives in earnest around the end of November and then it’s all systems go for skiing in department 66. If you are thinking of heading to the Pyreneen resorts here are some factoids which might prove useful. I’m not a skier myself (tore cartilage […]

Whatever am I going to buy them this Christmas ???

Always difficult at this time of year to find that ‘right’ present. At the end of October there was a ‘Made’ Design & Craft Fair in London. Here I saw better products that I have ever seen in one place.

Each stall was manned by the artist and all enthusiastically explained their objective and showed […]

An invitation to attend a free seminar at Europe’s first LGBT Retirement Village on the Canal du Midi: 28th October

Indeed the LGBT community has tapped into the joie de vivre and increasing accepting attitudes towards the “gay and grey” have been witnessed in France in particular. So much so in fact that savvy property buyers are keen to snap up one of the one level, eco-friendly villas at Europe’s first LGBT active living […]