Tag Archives: Provence

Darvaza Gas Crater, Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

My Top 20 Favourite Travel Photos – 16 to 20

What’s the point in taking photographs? They are souvenirs of course, memories of fabulous sights, magical holidays & iconic locations. They can evoke amazing feelings and transport us right back to a special moment in time. Nowadays, with the advent of smartphones and digital cameras we take thousands of pictures and videos every year, an […]

Villages of Provence

Wordless Wednesday – Provence Villages, France

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – X for Aix en Provence

OK, I have cheated again. I have still never visited a city beginning with the letter X. Two years ago my cheat was EXeter and now I am going for the delightful French city. In fact Exeter and Aix could easily be twinned. Both historic Roman cities, both surrounded by beautiful countryside and both with […]

Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France

Le Tour de France – Part Three, Avignon & Roman France

Continuing my alternative tour ideas in France utilising engine power, I am now turning my attention to Romanesque France…… Gaulish The two main cities that you can use as a convenient base to explore the Roman sites are Avignon & Nîmes, so let’s start there. Avignon The walled compact city of Avignon and it’s smaller, younger brother Villeneuve-lès-Avignon sit […]

Villages of Provence

Le Tour de France – Part Two, Provence & The Camargue

Continuing my touring ideas for France, not by bicycle but by road and rail (see my stage one post for Côte d’Azur). Provence Also accessible from Nice, a better gateway is Marseille, especially as you can now get a direct train there from London. You can read about my journey and stay in the great city here. […]

European Train Tour #2 – France

Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]

Abbaye de Sénanque, Provence, France

Le Tour de France – Stage Two

Continuing my touring ideas for France, not by bicycle but by road and rail (see my stage one post for Côte d’Azur). Provence Also accessible from Nice, a better gateway is Marseille, especially as you can now get a direct train there from London. Marseille is very big and can be a little stressful, but still […]

Aix-en-Provence, a leafy square

France Part Three – Aix-en-Provence and up to Avignon

Today was chill day – we had been flat out for six days after all and we would be on the road again soon enough. Aix is one of those places that I have heard of so many times but hadn’t got around to visiting – it was worth the wait. A chilled vibe prevailed, […]

Villages of Provence

France Part Deux – Villages of Provence

The day started with petit déjeuner in the delightful cloisters, a lovely place for fresh croissants & warm bread, pure orange juice, confiture de fraises and bowl of strong coffee. A leisurely breakfast is one of the delights of a holiday – far removed from the rushed version of normal life. We planned our route with the […]

France Part One – Nice to Aix-en-Provence

I had heard of the beauty of Provence of course, I just never realised just how damned fabulous it was until I witnessed it for myself this June. We flew to Nice on easyJet and stayed three days with a good friend of ours called Anna in her Cannes apartment, before picking up our Fiat […]