31 August – 1 September: Two more medieval walled cities ticked off our Brittany list!

Author: Mrs A Location: Dinan, Léhon and Saint-Malo, Brittany, France We realised we had very little time to explore Brittany and so decided to speed past a good chunk of the region, heading north towards the town of Dinan. Dinan was created as a strategic town by combining three villages in the 1100s and much …

25 December – 1 January: Oh what a year! Reflecting on 2019 as we enter a new decade

Author: Mrs A Location: Sydney, Australia The past week has been full of friends, colour and laughter, starting with a Christmas day feast, lunch catch up in the city, and finishing the year with a bollywood inspired new year’s eve fancy dress party. Coming to the end of the year, it’s a great time to …

29 August: Puzzling over the mysteries of the Neolithic Carnac alignments…and eating oysters

Author: Mr A Location: Locmariaquer and Carnac, Brittany, France I went to a secondary school in England that was run by a headmaster who went on to make a better curator of Oxford museum than, in reflection, he did a headmaster of a boys school. I left school with very little passion ignited for learning. …

26-28 August: Across in to north western France

Author: Mrs A Location: Coulon, Parc regional du Marais Poitevin, and Borgneuf-en-Retz, France We farewelled the eastern Loire Valley and continued on our way west, heading towards Brittany. We visited the Loire region extensively three years ago, and the memories of the beautiful chateaus and cycleways are still fresh in our memories – we don’t …

24-25 August: The Loire Valley… and a break from Truffy

Author: Mr A Location: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France Saturday: We headed down from the Bourgogne region, dropping several hundred metres to the River Loire Valley, and watched the thermometer rise 16 degrees centigrade to the early 30s. The next few days forecast are even hotter. I suggested we look for some alternative accomodation to our …