Wales: All the Fun of the Festival

Wales is a small country with a big heart, and what better way to enjoy its rich culture and heritage than through the many festivals held around the country each summer. Here are nine not-to-be-missed, fun-packed events for all the family in 2017: 1 Hay Festival of Literature and Arts © http://www.dailymail.co.uk On the edge of …

Continue reading Wales: All the Fun of the Festival

Le Manoir de Malagorse: a leisurely stay in the Lot

I dream. All winter long, I dream. I dream of springtime again in south west France. For it once more reawakens the pleasures of outdoor living in a region robust with picturesque places to stay. I recollect an idyllic country retreat lovingly restored. A sun-dappled courtyard. A good read. A long refreshing drink. The pleasantly …

Continue reading Le Manoir de Malagorse: a leisurely stay in the Lot

Back to Basque

The region we've probably dropped in on the most since residing in south west France is Pays Basque; both the French and Spanish pockets of this distinct and dynamic province sandwiched between the rugged southernmost reaches of the Bay of Biscay and the robust scaffolding of the Pyrenees stretching inland. Ever since first motoring down …

Continue reading Back to Basque

Donegal: discovering 5 favourite spots in Ireland’s forgotten county

The Republic of Ireland's fourth largest county, an isolated offshoot in the far north west of the country – even more northerly than Northern Ireland – is an area of outstanding natural beauty obtruding into the wild Atlantic and so often overlooked by its very setting far-flung from the rest of the Emerald Isle. But it …

Continue reading Donegal: discovering 5 favourite spots in Ireland’s forgotten county

Six stylish boutique bases in Bordeaux

One of France's most culturally charming cities, Bordeaux has seen a surge in stylish places to stay over the last couple of years, many accommodating the elegant 18th-century dwellings dressed with honey-hued limestone façades that lend themselves so effortlessly to quirky and charismatic boutique abodes. It isn't however all that easy to find chic accommodation under …

Continue reading Six stylish boutique bases in Bordeaux

Bordeaux … and what brought us here

© http://www.bordeaux-tourisme.com/ It was a sullen rain-soaked January day in 2008 when Mr Gallivant and I first came upon the belle dame that is Bordeaux. On a whim a week or so before, we’d talked about moving to France. As you do. New year, new beginnings and all that. After as good as three years …

Continue reading Bordeaux … and what brought us here