Rochefort, France – Visiting Hermione; an old friend

It’s been 12 months since I visited Rochefort, where reconstruction of the frigate Hermione is happening. A great deal has happened to both of us in this time and seeing her again was one of the highlights of the trip to Poitou-Charentes. She is now floating; a few months ago she sailed the short distance from her dry dock on …

Postcards from Angoulême; French Comic Strip City

The Poitou-Charentes region of France is dotted with great little towns and villages, even the cities have a small town feel. Exploring is enjoyable, there often seems a surprise on every corner and Angoulême is not an exception. Built on a plateau the medieval city has some impressive Romanesque architecture including the Ville d’Angoulême provides panoramic views of the city …

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 …

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 …