Itinerary Cognac Country – French Atlantic Coast

My travel plans for this autumn include a trip to Cognac in the Poitou-Charentes region on the Atlantic coast of France over the period 2nd – 7th September 2012. I will be a guest of Visit PCharentes @VisitPCharentes and the visit is co-ordinated by Magellan PR @MagellanPR. It will be a welcome return to a region of France I visited at the …

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 the French Wolfpack

I simply love this portrait of a wolf taken at the Parc Animalier Pyrénées which is an animal sanctuary in the village of Argelès-Gazost in the French Haute-Pyrénées. The sanctuary is devoted to the original indigenous species which used to or still inhabit the region. As well as wolves there are otters, deer, marmots, bears, lynx and various species of …

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 …

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 …

Poitou-Charentes & Haute-Pyrénées Journal

These tables on the streets of La Rochelle in Poitou-Charentes, France seemed liked the perfect place to stop and have a glass of wine, made for me in fact. I was surprised to see nobody sat at any of them. We’d already eaten so maybe next time. There had been a large festival in the town during the day and …

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 …