The Romance of Travel

Romance’ “a feeling of excitement that you receive from new and slightly dangerous experiences” – A MacMillan Dictionary definition Regardless of whether this definition seems appropriate, it’s impossible to deny travel appears romantic and therefore this definition is applicable. Explorers past and present reach almost hero status, their exploits in discovering our world leaves most awestruck. Vast expanses of wind-blown …

Postcard from a Gnawa jam in Essaouira medina

Gnawa (Gnaoua) is a traditional form of music popular in sub-saharan Africa particularly amongst the Berber people of Morocco. It is still performed today and the instruments are sold on stalls in the medina. It is believed to have originally been spread by black slaves within the region and was often performed as part of a ritual, commencing with an …

Postcard from dark skies over French La Rochelle

A dramatic sky over the French region of Poitou-Charentes is almost reminiscent of something from the film “Independence Day”. It was possible to almost imagine the clouds parting and a huge spaceship emerging to threaten World domination. In the event nothing quite so exciting or spectacular happened during this visit to the lovely city of La Rochelle, but it is …

Postcard from an Atlantic sunset, La Rochelle

It’s hard to resist posting a sunset image for long and a sailing trip on a catamaran off La Rochelle in the Charente-Maritime region of France is even more tempting. Sunset over the French Atlantic with a group of friends and some cava before sharing a great seafood platter makes it extra special. Photographs are digitally captured memories, they can bring …

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 …