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A recce in France

Over the past three decades, as an amateur enthusiast without significant expert in the subject, I have done a good deal of military history research in all the usual places – not least in Belgium/France, Italy and Gallipoli (WW1) and in France, Belgium and Portugal (the Duke of Wellington at [...]

June 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Orient Express to Paris

When a travel mag I occasionally contribute to offered me a ticket on the Orient Express I readily grabbed my first opportunity to travel on it. It was a strictly work gig. I could not invite my husband or anyone else’s !!! Mind you as my son Tarquin’s Hornby has more space I could not be too [...]

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wrapping up

I got back from a hot Nice to a cold, grey and wet south coast Friday. I am definitely in the school of ‘rent not buy’ when it comes to overseas property but it took 3 hours to pack everything up and another one to unpack sandwiched by a flight in a compacted easyJet flight with [...]

April 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

No frills, no fun

There are few things in life I enjoy less than travelling on a budget airline. From booking to getting the boarding passes to travel, the whole process is one where I grit my teeth and bear it. Take yesterday, for example, when I was travelling from Nice to London Gatwick on easyJet. Neither Polly [...]

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments


Sanary has an interesting literary history. Aldous Huxley, Cyril Connolly and Sybille Bedford all lived there. Sybille Bedford wrote a touching account of her childhood there in Jigsaw. Then the German Jewish writers notably Berthold Brecht fled there in the thirties. Nowadays it attracts more the [...]

April 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bad day at the holiday

The phrase “bad day at the office” seems to mean a connection between work and a bad time but this can happen for whatever reason, at whatever  place. Yesterday it happened to me on holiday through a combination of bad service, bad weather and bad luck. The plan was an over night stay at [...]

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

an unpleasant incident

Yesterday I intended to travel to Golfe Juan to meet some old friends of my parents for a lunch. I was rather worried about taking a tram for the first time to the station and Sebastian kindly offered to meet me at the stop to explain how the ticket machine works. As I get up early I had time to [...]

April 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

You live and learn most days

I cannot remember which Southern railways franchise has been getting all the flak for the past few years but it’s entirely possible that it’s the one that sends trains from the London terminals down towards Portsmouth Harbour upon which I travelled to Chichester in West Sussex yesterday [...]

April 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Nice-not nice to walk/easyJet/internet

Given the Promenade des Anglais, it’s ironic that I should believe that Nice is not an agreeable place to walk. The pavements are too narrow, you take your life in your hands on a pedestrian crossing and the scooters are about as accommodating as Stukas. I like to stroll best in the section [...]

March 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

a la Colthard

A topic that came up for discussion which has be come relevant in post-Brexit UK is could one live abroad? My own view is that if I did I would not choose France. There is an attitude of unhelpfulness  bordering on the rude. There were two examples yesterday when  Bob and I had our morning [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

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