Corsica: visiting Napoleon’s birthplace

Located on Corsica’s rugged west coast, the island’s capital city, Ajaccio is a beguiling port city full of pleasant surprises. The centre is compact and easy to wander around. The small maze of narrow, and sometimes cobbled streets in the old town, is definitely worth exploring, particularly for its great restaurants. There’s also a vibrant...
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Menton’s Fete de Citron: a wonderful vibrant display of life – whatever the weather!

As I sat under an umbrella trying to shelter from the icy February rain, I started to wonder whether this was all worth it.  Sitting on a wet plastic chair at the side of the road, huddling a cup of tea that had long ago lost its warmth, is not really my idea of fun. ...
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The Sanguinaires Archipelago: A Corsican treasure

This post contains affiliate links Corsica is famed for its outstanding scenery: towering, rugged mountains, emerald green forests which sweep across the island, wide stretches of golden sand beaches, and imposing fortresses that overlook its charming towns and cities. However, the sheer fact that two-thirds of this French island is mountainous and a fifth is...
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La Rochelle: A history lesson from the black cat

I love France.  It was the first place abroad that my parents took me and from then on we holidayed there every year. On one such holiday, we took a day trip to La Rochelle and so almost 30 years later I decided to go back for a night. Located on the west coast of...
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