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 …

Postcard from Fallen Heroes, Île de Ré

Whilst exloring the island of Île de Ré in the French Charente-Maritime region I unexpectedly came across this war memorial in a park. It is dedicated to the fallen of the island in some of the conflicts France has been involved in. Cenotaphs or war monuments always feel slightly sad, so many young lives lost and yet usually to preserve …

Postcard from Ile de Ré, beach bouys and beacons

Île de Ré is a picturesque little island popular with Parisians looking for a quiet break from the romantic city. This has to be a great recommendation and a few hours here and it is easy to understand the reason why. Maybe it was the time of year that I visited but September provided generally pleasant weather, few other visitors and …

Île de Ré – French Pleasure Island

There are some places ideally suited to taking at a slow pace, idly wandering around the sites whether they are small picturesque villages, stunning harbours and beaches, vineyards or even lighthouses. The island of Île de Ré in French Charente–Maritime has all this and more. Île de Ré appears to be from a different era, narrow winding streets lined with pretty …

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 …

Itinerary France – Poitou-Charentes/Hautes-Pyrénées

The itinerary for my press trip in the Poitou-Charentes region of France and specifically La Rochelle before travelling onto the Hautes-Pyrénées for the final few days. I will be joined by some extremely cool blogging friends (you will hear more about them soon) and it will undoubtedly be a great trip. The basic details are below and you can follow …