SatNav failure at Curemonte

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My Instagram mission to photograph some of the most beautiful villages in The Dordognes ended with a SatNav failure in Curemonte.

Bunny ears selfies and rain in Turenne

Bunny ears selfies, rain, Turenne, travel blog
My Instagram mission to photograph some of The Most Beautiful Villages in The Dordogne took me to Turenne, a medieval village famous for its castle which sits on top of the cliff.

Photobombing a group of Japanese tourists in Collonges-la-Rouge

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Having fun photobombing a group of Japanese tourists in Collonges-la-Rouge, aka The Red Village on my Instagram mission to photograph some of the prettiest villages in The Dordogne.

Road Trip Day 2: Living in a French château with vineyards in Champagne

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Today has all the makings of a slow and uneventful one. Time for me to recover from the long drive and yesterday’s panic attack. The plan is to spend the morning in my hotel room, writing and having coffee, then go out in the car to explore the area. I am going to have my coffee and do my work...

Le Château d’Etoges in Champagne, France – an honest hotel review

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Read this if you wonder what it's like to stay as a guest at a "proper" French Château. An honest review of my stay at Château d'Etoges as a paying guest.

Before the heavens opened at Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France

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An updated travel guide to help you plan your visit to Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France, complete with tips and beautiful photographs.

Greed left me red-faced at Château de Cheverny in the Loire Valley in France

Château de Cheverny, Loire Valley, France, travel blog
An updated travel guide to help you plan your visit to Château de Cheverny in the Loire Valley in France, complete with tips and beautiful photographs.

Living it large at Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley in France

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An updated travel guide to help you plan your visit to Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley in France, complete with tips and beautiful photographs.

Road Trip Day 1: Panic attack at a Michelin star restaurant in a French château

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Today is going to be a long and challenging day, involving a lot of driving and quite possibly - a lot of crying en route too. I am taking on a huge project, all on my own and the thought of it scares me. It's all for a good reason though and I hope that by keeping this road...

Travelling as grief therapy: A road trip through France – the itinerary

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It took me just over three years to get here. I vowed to do that when my partner died - to go on a road trip through France. The original plan was to drive to France and spend a week in each of the French regions. Quite ambitious given that there are 13 of them! It didn't put me...