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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The Menton Lemon Festival: a great south of France short break

I was lucky enough to experience the 2018 Menton Lemon Festival – the “Fete du Citron”.  This was something I had wanted to do after visting the town the previous year.   I did, however, wonder if it was worth travelling back for the Menton Lemon Festival. Would it be worth the effort? Would the early Spring weather ruin the...
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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, two-thirds of this French island is mountainous and a fifth is forested. This means that...
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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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