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 …

Poitou-Charentes – Impressions & Reflections

The excitement and anticipation prior to visiting a new, never before experienced destination is one of the great joys of travelling. This ‘joy of travel’ is always the same for me whether enjoying an independent or sponsored trip. Whilst all destinations offer something special and different, some destinations genuinely exceed any expectations, for me the region of Poitou-Charentes falls into …

Fabulous Aveyron – Art and Artistic French Cuisine

On a recent visit to the Aveyron, France I surprised myself. Never likely to be accused of being a ‘culture vulture’, this trip was a feast of cultural treats. I can appreciate  captivating art, good cuisine and enjoy listening to a powerful piece of music. However visiting the Louvre was more due to peer pressure than my own interests. The …

Cultural Aveyron; Enchanting Villages and Mystical Castles

It surprised me to discover the Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region in mainland France and is larger than the Netherlands. I visited the Aveyron, tucked away in the South-West of the Massif Central. It is extensively wooded, the deep valleys providing lines of communication between the many towns and villages. The landscape is dominated by deep clefts gouged out by …

Adrenaline and Adventure Travel in the Midi-Pyrénées

Mountains are my paradise The mountain environment has always been my favourite, there are few views more awe-inspiring than a beautiful conical summit. The Aveyron is an ideal adventure travel destination, with plenty of adrenalin fuelled activities on offer. Mountain scenery is extremely varied however, from an endless vista of high altitude snow topped peaks, huge steep-sided gorges or lush …

The Aveyron Images & First Impressions – Photo Essay

Visiting an entirely new area is always exciting, especially if knowledge of the area is limited anticipating a possible adventure. The Aveyron region, in the Midi-Pyrénées of the South of France is such area for me. Although aware of the major cities such as Toulouse, and Montauban most the region was relatively unknown to me. The itinerary provided certainly sounded …