Category: Europe

Postcard from Piedmont: Part IV

Dogliani turned out to be a charming gem, like many of the small towns and villages in Piedmont. It’s situated between the Langa Monregalese and Alba, and is the perfect destination for all those (like us) who love good wine and good food. The panorama,… Continue Reading “Postcard from Piedmont: Part IV”

Postcard from Piedmont: Part III

We had such an enjoyable time in Piedmont earlier this year that my beloved elected to visit again though, this time, we stayed in a different hotel for three nights. We drove to Langhe in Tom (my SMART) who was looking rather perky after… Continue Reading “Postcard from Piedmont: Part III”

Postcard from Catalunya: Part II

After our days near or at the Catalan beaches, we decided to head for the relative cool of the hills behind Barcelona, an area we’d not previously visited and where the scenery was truly stunning. We stayed in yet another beautifully converted farmhouse, this… Continue Reading “Postcard from Catalunya: Part II”

Postcard from Catalunya: Part I

My beloved had decided we would have a Spanish holiday this summer, travelling by car to Barcelona to catch the ferry to Mallorca where we would circumnavigate the island with our bikes for a couple of weeks. We’d return to Barcelona for the Catalunya… Continue Reading “Postcard from Catalunya: Part I”

Postcard from Uzès

Three nights in Montpellier on the way to Catalunya, and three nights on the way back in Uzès. We’d previously stayed in Uzès ahead of watching the 2017 Vuelta a Espana start in nearby Nîmes. I never got to visit its Haribo factory last time,… Continue Reading “Postcard from Uzès”

Postcard from Montpellier

We’ve both previously visited Montpellier a number of times, either during the Tour de France or on one of my beloved’s many  business trips. However, we’ve always felt that the city lacked a great hotel, thankfully no longer. We spent three nights in Montpellier… Continue Reading “Postcard from Montpellier”

Trip to Château et Villa La Coste

Before I get started on our most recent trip to US, to try and help my beloved keep his agenda clearer post-semi-retirement, I’ve been organising trips out on Thursdays. Here’s a place we visited back in April on a rather overcast day. Paddy McKillen,… Continue Reading “Trip to Château et Villa La Coste”

Visit to La Coulée verte René-Dumont ou La Promenade plantée

Finding a local treasure is always a delight in Paris and la Coulée Verte is indeed one of those, an off-the-beaten-path place to stroll surrounded by greenery and unique views of the city. The Promenade plantée is an extensive green belt that follows the… Continue Reading “Visit to La Coulée verte René-Dumont ou La Promenade plantée”

Trip to an abandoned railway line in Paris

If you’ve visited Paris as many times as I have you’ll have checked off all the essential tourist hubs and now want to experience the nitty-gritty of the real Paris. Far from the tour buses that run through Place de la Concorde and the groups… Continue Reading “Trip to an abandoned railway line in Paris”

Trip to Paris: Part II

It’s rare that one of our trips to Paris doesn’t include a trip to Musée d’Orsay. This one was no exception, particularly as there were exhibitions on Catalan architect Gaudí, Whistler’s painting from the Frick and artist turned sculpture Aristide Maillol. Gaudí Exhibition   Antoni… Continue Reading “Trip to Paris: Part II”