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Recent travels – part two: France

    Part two of my attempts to catch up on blogging – with photos from a day trip to the stunning sandy beach at La Baule, western France… Tweet

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Recent travels – part one: France

    A long time since my last post so, in an effort to get up to date and make space for the many pieces I want to write now I am back in Asia, a selection of short photo … Continue reading

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A tale of two cities in France: how Angers outdid Nantes

Angers Chateau

With its beautiful cathedral, chateau and botanical gardens, there’s something very seductive about western France’s Angers. Continue reading

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I like France really

    After my whinge last time, a reminder of one of the reasons why I do love living in France really: Tweet

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Are the French stupid?

Tramway at Commerce, Nantes

    From time to time I come to think that the French aren’t a very intelligent people. I am not one to stereotype, but here it is just too easy. Take today – after spending the afternoon battling for … Continue reading

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The road to Saint-Nazaire

Between 35 and 50 minutes by train from Nantes, Saint-Nazaire makes for a pleasant coastal getaway from the city, and is definitely worth a drop-in on any visit to the area. While not immediately striking as being overflowing with character … Continue reading

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Across the river: Trentmoult, Nantes

Trentmoult, Nantes, France

Taking a trip to Trentmoult doesn’t make you feel as though you’re going very far. And in truth, you’re not – it’s just across the Loire from the centre of Nantes. A ten-minute ride on the ‘Navibus’ ferry (included in … Continue reading

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Paris – times two

  I am no longer a Paris virgin; the city of romance is the latest to be knocked off my ‘yet to get to’ list. In fact, while a month ago I had still not been, I’ve now already made … Continue reading

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The language of Eurostar

    I am beginning to feel like St Pancras is my second home, such is the frequency with which I am seem to be travelling by train from Nantes to London of late. But there is one part of … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Beautiful Nantes

    It looks a lot less like this at the moment, what with a snowy grey sky (yet no snow) that, together with a truckload of fog a few mornings ago, didn’t look dissimilar to a post-nuclear scene. But … Continue reading

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The terrorists have won

    Dear oh interested one, I write from the battlefield of several personal and professional crises. Hapless ex-employees, broken cash cards, impossible-to-access bank accounts; I have been afflicted by all of these and more over the past few weeks. … Continue reading

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Public urination and handshakes

    About time for some more thoughts on the French, now I’ve been here five weeks. First up, pee. Yes, pee. What is it about the French that makes them think it is okay to pee up walls, into … Continue reading

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Culture rage

    The French must have some of the silliest opening hours in the world. I’ve just got back from an attempted trip to do some washing, having watched the clothes pile up for weeks – I must have more … Continue reading

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A morning at Talensac

Talensac Market, October 2010

    I did try to get to work this morning, honestly. Not like yesterday, when strike-caused disruption to the buses was in truth only part of the reason I got to school more than half an hour late (the … Continue reading

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My Big Fat French Life

Nantes City Centre, October 2010

    It’s been a funny couple of weeks since I arrived in Nantes. Having extended my stay in Thailand, I had arrived back in the UK with only a week before I needed to leave again – meaning that, … Continue reading

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