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The battle of Trafalgar

On the 21st October 1805, 27 British ships under the command of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lined up against 33 French and Spanish ships under the command of the French Admiral Villeneuve faced each other just off the Cape of … Continue reading

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French customer service

It can range from the truly ridiculous, to the ordinary. I know that with the exception of the good ol’ U S of A most people complain about the customer service they receive in their own countries, but I would … Continue reading

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Battered by le vent du Ventoux

I climbed Le Mont Ventoux again the other week. I think that is now the sixth time I´ve done it, so its perhaps nothing to write home about. I was again doing it with absolutely zero training, had only ridden … Continue reading

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Vaison la Romaine

A rummage through my photos reminded me I hadn’t written about this wonderful little town in the Vaucluse that I came across last year. The memorial to the fallen, as seen in almost all communes in France denotes the start … Continue reading

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Le lac de Guerlédan.

A vast man made expanse of water near to Mur de Bretagne, but currently empty, so it needed a visit when I was nearby to watch the Tour de France. With a surface area of just over 4km it’s the … Continue reading

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Mont St Michel

One of France’s busiest tourist attractions newly bedecked with a causeway meaning its no longer only accessible during low tide. A constant throng of humanity heading onto the small island community means this place is sheer hell in high tourist … Continue reading

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Sur le pont, d’Avignon.

Pretty much every English kid of my age would have learned this French song in skool, without ever giving it much of a thought, nor really knowing what they were singing about. When the chance came to actually put my … Continue reading

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Y is for Ypres.

There will be some people that have never heard of Ypres, this small Belgian town, nestled close up to the French border. For an overwhelming number of British, French, German and Commonwealth soldiers however, the name of Wipers will live … Continue reading

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V is for Le Mont Ventoux.

The Beast of Provence. Sat in the Vauclause, this bald topped behemoth casts a shadow for many a mile around it. Known amongst cyclists for its use in Le Tour de France, Le Ventoux is synonymous with the name Tom … Continue reading

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L is for The Louvre.

I wrote this post a while ago, so apologies if you’ve seen it before, but it still makes me smile. Several years ago, as a single man on an overnight flight from Beirut to Paris, I noticed the most beautiful … Continue reading

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