France

"You are about to embark upon a great crusade... The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you..." - Gen Dwight Eisenhower, June 6, 1944.Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when around 160,000 Allied troops (mostly in their 20s) along with 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft landed on five beaches of Normandy in the coordinated invasion ....Continue Reading >>
by Jane HarrisonA city synonymous with high culture, fashion and fascinating historical locations, it's not hard to imagine why Paris is the world's top tourist destination. Over 28 million tourists make their way to the European hot spot every year in order to enjoy the city's iconic landmarks and even those who haven't been to the popular holiday destination still conjure up images of the Eiffel ....Continue Reading >>
Shaped like a teardrop, the hilltop town of Vézelay has received hordes of visitors for nearly a thousand years. Even today, backpack-laden pilgrims (often carrying a scallop shell), package tourists and curious visitors crawl the steep cobbled spine of Vézelay to enjoy the UNESCO Heritage-listed architectural wonder of Saint Mary Magdalene Basilica (or Vézelay Benedictine Abbey). As it ....Continue Reading >>
Scenically located in the centre of the Thiou Canal, the striking wedge-shaped Palais D'Isle (literally Island Palace) is a highlight of the lively French Alps town of Annecy. Perched on a lake and interwoven with canals, Annecy's castle was built in 1132 and has variously been a palace, administrative centre, court, mint and jail. Today it acts as a museum and happily welcomes visitors. Annecy Vacations ....Continue Reading >>
On the northern coastline of France, the Alabaster Coast, chalky pockmarked and crevices cliffs (falaises), sweeping crescent beaches and an iridescent ocean have inspired great French writers and painters for centuries. Visitors walk the chalky cliffs to discover three yawning arches– natural bridges to the sea. With centuries of erosion, enamel white columns of rock elegantly lean into ....Continue Reading >>
by James DanielIf you’re thinking of going skiing and have not been before, then it can be a little intimidating, looking on the Internet and trying to decide where’s best. Many of the places sound familiar, but you may not know anything about them or what they actually have to offer with regards to skiing.The truth is, it’s more than just the slopes that make a ski resort and here ....Continue Reading >>
Like many children growing up, I spent a lot of time playing handball against a local school or park wall. The culturally independent Basque area (with a most mysterious language unlike any other I've heard) located in the southwest of France and northwest of Spain have turned this game into the remarkable sport of pelota (literally ball in Spanish). Like a cross between handball, squash and tennis ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Francesca EdwardsAs the long winter months finally start drawing to an end, you can start looking forward to not having to wake up in a dark and cold room, having to huddle around heaters, shedding your thickest winter coats (which let’s face it don’t flatter anyone)… Scarves are once again an accessory instead of a necessity, and best of all you can begin to enjoy spending ....Continue Reading >>
by Sea FranceIt would be extremely difficult not to experience some of the local wine while holidaying in France, and lets face it, you probably wouldn’t want to. With some of the most delicious wines produced anywhere in the world, tasting wines is one of the best things about holidaying in France.Holidaying in the different wine making regions of France has never been easier due to the ....Continue Reading >>
The first sight of Pont du Gard is striking. Set in a picturesque valley and with its towering three arched structure reflected into the peaceful river below, it is extraordinary to realise that the bridge was built around the time of Christ as part of a water supply system to the Roman capital of the area, Nîmes (which is well worth a visit with its Roman amphitheatre, Roman house and ancient gates). ....Continue Reading >>

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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