Category: France

Cap Gris Nez and the Todt Battery, Northern France

My family and I were in France for a 4-day break, we drove along the beautiful coastal D940 route from the port of Calais after arriving early that morning on the Eurotunnel, our plan was to explore the coast, it’s villages and history. On route, we found many fascinating and scenic locations including Cap Gris Nez which literally translated is “Cape Grey Nose “and is the closest point across the channel from France to England, at a mere 34km (21 miles.) Having an early start to the day and plenty of time on our hands we decided to park up and go for a wander up to Cap Gris Nez which is in the Pas-de-Calais...

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The Opal Coast, A Weekend in France

For our first holiday in Northern France we thought it might be fun to combine a long weekend, a road trip and a birthday, destination Condette in the Pas-de-Calais region on the Opal coast.  The Cote d’Opal is steeped in history and the beaches are stunning from Calais, through to Bais de Somme. My family and I drove down from Nottinghamshire through the night to board the Eurotunnel at Folkstone in Kent and arrived a mere 35 minutes later in Calais early in the morning, we headed to the D940 coastal road, a back road with beautiful, yet quiet beaches with sand so fine that it squeaks beneath your...

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Enjoying the beautiful Gorges du Verdon in the Provence

Whether it is walking, bouldering, hiking, kayaking or just simply sitting on a stone with your feet in the refreshing turquoise water of the river Verdon: The higher Provence region in France has a lot to offer for those who enjoy nature! One of it’s true pearls is the so called Gorges du Verdon – a spectacular canyon that forms the border between the Alpes-Haute-Provence and the Var. The ‘Grand Canyon du Verdon’ is about 21 km long, varies in width between 6 and 100 m at the bottom and 200 to 1500 m at its rim. There are...

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A Love-Affair with Paris

I have long had a love affair with Paris.  I first visited the city at the age of 12 on a school exchange.  Unable to speak a word of French, I was paired with a lovely French girl called Magali, who remains one of my oldest and dearest friends. Paris is a sensory experience – bustling streets and crazy traffic, with the sound of car horns and animated locals chatting in a language I love.  In the morning Paris is full of the smells of freshly brewing coffee and patisseries baking their breads.  By lunchtime the waiters are outside...

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Photographic Memories High Above Chamonix

What a week! I love being in the mountains and to spend the week climbing above Chamonix, France has obviously been incredible for me. Alas, the big aim for the weeks end was to have climbed Mont Blanc.. We cannot however foresee weather or precisely in this case too strong a wind. But, the mountain is still there next year of course and i look forward to getting back on that summit trail in the spring here. The week was perfectly ran by Exodus, whom provide a huge variety of trips around the world from top to bottom. Every...

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Mont Blanc Final Training – Tester Summit High on the Ice

For the past 2 days we have been up high at the other end of the valley to our goal Mont Blanc. Why? To test our skills and acclimatise. On the first day we trekked up to the Albert Premier Hut from the town of Le Tour.. As you approach the hut you are also met with the spectacular glacier running down beside it from above. There are worse places in the world to stay. In face the sunset we received as we looked out over the mountains was incredible. The first afternoon was spent on the glacier, rope,...

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